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Katie said in August 4th, 2008 at 1:58 am

How scrumptious! Sometimes the best snack is a slice of home-baked bread with jam.

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rainbowbrown said in August 4th, 2008 at 10:17 am

Wow, nice going. I’ve been wanting to make this bread for a while, it sounds mighty tasty. I feel you on the early rising in the name of bread thing. I developed a habit of it myself.

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Natashya said in August 4th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

Wow, what a lot of work.
The bread looks great though. I have this book and have made many of the loaves but not this one.
I have been a bread brat lately and have just been making my own amde up frankenstein breads with my rye starter.
I have to get back to learning proper techniques. Perhaps I won’t start with this one though!

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Susan/Wild Yeast said in August 4th, 2008 at 11:05 pm

I admire your persistence! I love the shape of the loaf and the color of the crumb, although not canary yellow, is just beautiful.

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Dee said in August 5th, 2008 at 5:59 am

A fantastic read!
I’ve yet to attempt a starter. The memory of funny smells and constant feeds are fresh scars after all these years (I’m like an elephant, that way). Then again, it’ll be like having a pet, right?

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April B said in August 5th, 2008 at 10:42 am

Amazing, it looks fabulous though. A gorgeous loaf.

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TeaLady said in August 5th, 2008 at 11:43 am

This bread looks awesome and well worth all the time it took. Beautiful Bread.

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Dragon said in August 5th, 2008 at 5:53 pm

Wow, so ambitious! Great job, it looks great.

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Di said in August 6th, 2008 at 8:40 am

I love reading all your trials and tribulations with this bread. That’s why I love baking–I love to experiment and see what will happen. I’m trying to fit more bread baking into my schedule. I love to do it, but haven’t had much time lately.

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Erin said in August 6th, 2008 at 11:23 am

I’m anxious to see the pizza when you try it. I love the look of an irregular loaf of bread. It looks so rustic and you know it’s going to be good.

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Shari said in August 7th, 2008 at 1:44 am

Wow, what a process! I love how it turned out! Good luck with all the dough in the nooks and crannies of your kitchen, but it sounds like it was worth the trouble!
Shari@Whisk: a food blog

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Maya said in August 7th, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Wow – good job!

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YeastSpotting August 8, 2008 | Wild Yeast said in August 8th, 2008 at 3:01 am

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MyKitchenInHalfCups said in September 6th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

You are so right on the money with this post! I really does pay in triple to bake a bread more than once!
I’ve not made this one but I’m very interested now! Looks beautiful! The focaccia looks divine!
Yes I understand why you would launch yourself out of bed so early, bread baking does that to us.
It is a wonderful book. His stories are a delight and his passion really shines through.

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