It was hot, hot! Then all of a sudden the skies opened up.
But before the rain there was bread:
Why I did not listen to my own intuition when the book said to slash and my brain said " Don't do that", is beyond me. My dough dropped down to three inches, it was still fluffy and cooked through but it was gloriously risen before I took the knife to it.
This is my second recipe from A World of Breads by Dolores Casella. The name of this bread is My Good Father's Shepherd's Bread, isn't that a hefty title? It is a monster of a bread!
BTW, the downpour lasted 5 minutes and it is hot, hot again.