When it’s dark and cold outside, I like to make comfort food, especially warm crusty loaves of peasant bread with herb butter. I normally do all my baking on the weekends because of my work schedule, so it’s something I look forward to because I don’t have to do it all the time.
A few years ago, I came across a rattan banneton basket ( you may have heard them called brotforms or proofing baskets). I like it because it creates the round shape and circular lines that you see so much in artisan breads. This crusty loaf of Frech bread goes great with herb butter as well. I used this recipe to make mine.
Whenever I make this loaf, I always think of one of my favorite childhood stories, The Wind in The Willows because of the importance placed on home and its comforts. Most of the time I identify with Rat, but in this instance, Toad:
“When the girl returned, some hours later, she carried a tray, with a cup of fragrant tea steaming on it; and a plate piled up with very hot buttered toast, cut thick, very brown on both sides, with the butter running through the holes in great golden drops, like honey from the honeycomb. The smell of that buttered toast simply talked to Toad, and with no uncertain voice; talked of warm kitchens, of breakfasts on bright frosty mornings, of cosy parlour firesides on winter evenings, when one’s ramble was over and slippered feet were propped on the fender, of the purring of contented cats, and the twitter of sleepy canaries.” ~~Kenneth Grahame
Here’s to many Winter days with warm buttery bread and a cup of tea in front of the fire (or in my case, hot chocolate).
You can find my recipes for herb butter here.
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