Back in January, the King Arthur Baking Company announced one of their newest breads, one with an extremely airy texture, featuring giant holes. It was called Pan de Cristal, or,Glass Bread, and it certainly looked challenging to make. I had it on my to-bake list, but figured it was a prime candidate for the Babes, and, sure enough, Babe Kelly of A MessyKitchen selected Glass Bread as March’s bread.
Now, it may look intimidating, but I had great success with baking this bread, which is not always the case. Enough so, that I would make it again in a heartbeat. It was very helpful to watch the short YouTube videos on King Arthur’s website to understand the various folding techniques. Then, just be patient when shaping and baking. While my loaves ended up with interesting shapes, their internal structure was marvelous and the taste was great.
Be sure and check out what the other Babes baked. Some experimented with a sourdough version, and I’m sure some used different kinds of flour. You can find the recipe on the King Arthurwebsite, or on Kelly’s blog. If you bake along with us this month, send your notes and photos to Kelly by the 29th so you can be featured in the Buddy post.
Check out the other Bread Baking Babes:
- Blog from OUR Kitchen – Elizabeth
- Karen’s Kitchen Stories – Karen
- A Messy Kitchen – Kelly (Kitchen of the Month)
- My Diverse Kitchen – Aparna
- Bread Experience – Cathy
- Thyme for Cooking - Katie
- My Kitchen in Half Cups – Tanna
- Feeding My Enthusiasms – Elle