I'm not sure when plain white bread got such a bad reputation. Sure, the kind you buy in the grocery store may be completely devoid of nutrition, but the kind you make...damn, that's good; especially with a little butter.
I was a little lazy this weekend, actually, last week my bike had 3 flats (three! No I don't have three wheels, I'd fix one then get another). So Saturday I spent some time in the bike shop and bought a new tire. Needless to say I got a late start on bread making. Sunday morning found me with no biga or poolish to use. So I consulted my new favorite book, The Bread Baker's Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread
to find a recipe I could make within one day.
This one may become a staple in my repertoire. I started it around 10 am and by 1:30 pm we had bread! Yes we were eating it by 1:45! Seriously though, the recipe says to wait one to two HOURS before cutting! Who in the world can sit there and wait one to two HOURS before cutting warm bread!? My first reading of the recipe I thought it said one to two minutes. Ok, that's reasonable. But no! It was HOURS. Needless to say, we didn't wait that long.