The Cristal Quest 

Soft and airy , light, almost translucent , crunchy and divine ! 

Sourdough smitten that I am , I spend almost every weekend in my kitchen making some for the week. Sourdough absolutely rules my heart ! 

This week I decided to attempt the very daunting Pan de Cristal. More simply known as Crystal bread or Glass bread , this bread originated in Catalunya in Spain , and has fast become very popular all over the country especially in Barcelona ! 

 As I am throughly passionate about travelling and baking , this was right up my alley. 

I used Teresa Greenways recipe for this. This was the first time I’ve done a 100% hydration dough and I was beyond excited. 

I started off my flour and water and oil in the Kitchenaid . I watched excitedly as I saw the dough whirling away in the mixing bowl. What the recipe said would take 15 mins , took 45 mins and a  continous ice bath to achieve. All thanks to the soaring high temperatures that my country is oh so famous for. 

Finally I had a strong dough. Every fold I could feel it strengthen and tighten . It was like a white ball of water. I could feel it tugging. I could feel a strong force and resistance as I folded it. 

It also felt silky soft , slippery , slimy and wet. All the good signs of a nice strong dough. 

Then in the fridge it went to retard the fermentation. 

15 hours and a lot of impatience later , I opened the cloth above to reveal the dough. It had risen up strong , proud and beautiful! Filled with gorgeous bubbles . It lookes alive and full of vigour. 

I shaped them and put them on my pizza stone and covered them , ready to bake. 

Out the oven , and there they were, all golden brown and gorgeous! Beautiful littles loaves of bread. Royally resplendent! 

Air bubbles on the crust , almost weightless and puffy. They looked heavenly. Aaah the symphony of the cracky crust! 

I cut in to reveal the most gorgeous crumb , light and airy ,almost like butter or silk almost as if a gossamer gown. So fragile , so ethereal, so exquisite! As beautiful as a shattery crystal. 

 The perfectly large holes that define a good and airated sourdough bread. All the things a great bread is made of. 

The mouthfeel was tingling and enticing! Tender and ambrosial !  Airy , crunchy on the top , large air pockets. Soft as silk. Melting in the mouth. It was pure heaven.

Luxuriously , Sumptuously , Delictable. 

And for me , nothing is more fullfilling , more snug , more hygge than freshly baked bread. For nothing says home , like the smell of baking. 

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. You have to teach me to bake! I could almost imagine the amazing whiff of freshly baked bread through the window on reading your article! Amazingly done!

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    1. Lemon zest says:

      Thankyouu !!!😄😄😄 Yess lets bake together !!

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  2. Can you fed ex me some?? Bahahahaha 🙈🙈🙈

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    1. Lemon zest says:

      😂😂😂😂😂😂

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