My Bread Making Process:
4 ingredients: whole wheat flour, yeast, sea salt, tap water, sugar
My yeast exploded outside my mug after waiting 30 minutes.
I mixed the ingredients together in a large bowl using my hands and left it to sit overnight. (photo taken following morning, dough expanded)
In the morning, I added more flour and folded/rolled dough into a ball. I tried to make a design on the top, but I failed, and it did not work after baking.
After baking in a pot at 500 degrees in oven. I baked for 20 minutes with a lid, then 10 minutes without lid. The bread raised, but not as much as I expected it to.
Final product! The bread was steaming coming out of the oven and smelling very good. I expected the bread to have more air pockets, but it was very densely packed. I thought it tasted good, but my mother said it was too salty. I only had sea salt, so maybe that made it taste saltier, or I should have used less and mixed the dry ingredients better. Furthermore, I only had wheat flour on hand, I would have preferred to mix white and wheat for next time. I ate the bread plain, with butter, and with oil and balsamic vinegar. Bread with olive oil and balsamic is one of my favorite ways to eat bread and was even better with this fresh bread. The leftovers I refrigerated and toasted the next day, and it still tasted great.
Next time I bake bread I want to try bread art and do a cool design like the one above. The process video of the bread above in linked at the bottom. The baker makes it look so easy!
I also would like to try to make decorated focaccia bread one day! The baker of the bread tagged it as "Vincent Van Dough." The topping/decor on top consists of kalamata olives, fresh herbs, yellow peppers and grapes.
As for bread art within the context of more tradition fine arts, Matteo Lucca created Human Sculpture. The sculpture is made entirely of bread, and he constructed an oven especially for the project. The sculptures look a tad eerie, but very interesting nonetheless. He experimented with burning the bread and breaking off certain parts.
Lucca states the bread "emanates all the force and fragility of the human body" and "becomes a recognizable and familiar element, the only reassuring element in a situation that can be perceived as alienating and unsettling."
I was surprised by the amount of detail in the bread faces. I also thought it was interesting how he juxtaposed the bread with a donkey grazing, relating back to the origin of bread and wheat. I hope nobody ate the bread sculptures, because that would make me very uncomfortable. All in all, I enjoyed baking bread for the first time and loved eating the fresh bread even more. I hope to bake bread again some time soon and try out a different style of bread.
Bread recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13Ah9ES2yTU&t=17s