Broken Bread

In case you haven’t heard, we’re in the midst of a snowmageddon here in the Northeast. Two feet of snow fell overnight and this morning, covering the landscape in a blanket of white newness–just beautiful. Luckily, I had nowhere to go today. While I do have a Chevy Blazer, the 4WD broke over the summer and now I’m stuck with a rear-wheel-drive vehicle that doesn’t get around too well. Especially when there’s an un-plowed driveway between it and the road.

5-minute Artisan Bread

I decided to make the best of the situation, putting some Wildtree Southwest Stew in the crockpot for dinner and baking some of that 5-Minute Artisan Bread I had fermenting in the fridge. Mmmm…the apartment smelled wonderful, instantly transformed into a patisserie by the dough baking in the oven. That is, until the odd noise I heard.

I rose from my burrow in the bedroom to investigate, sure the kids had broken something else. Instead, I found this:

broken stonewareYup, my Pampered Chef stoneware that I rave and rave about broke into 5 pieces in the oven. I was more upset that the almost-sourdough bread would now be ruined than by the shattered stoneware.

Seeing as the company only has a 3-year guarantee, I won’t be able to get it replaced: I’ve had it for 4 years. I’m not ready to leave Pampered Chef behind yet–I still have 2 other stoneware baking sheets, plus a cupcake pan, loaf pan, 9 x 9 square baker, etc. But I’m open to suggestions for other options, especially since the PC stoneware isn’t supposed to be pre-heated and many of the recipes I use call for that step. So what’s your favorite? What do you recommend?

broken stonewareSadly, the bread, was a casualty. I tried baking it through anyway but there were complications getting the inside baked properly.  My poor, poor bread–it didn’t deserve this!

broken bread

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