Bread Flower

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Playing with designs inspired by Mrs. Delany. I'll have more to say about them, and her, when I get my thoughts sorted out. For now I've been experimenting with interpreting some of her collages onto grids, and messing around with lots of variegated flosses to teach myself more about shading. Trying to get natural-ish effects. I've also been using lots of different thread-count fabrics with different fiber contents. It all reminds me so much of working on my book a few years ago, except that I never felt like I had the luxury of time it takes me to really experiment. Book schedules are blistering. I much prefer this fussy percolation.

Ann's bread, on the other hand, happens quickly, with minimal effort:

Ann's No-Knead Bread

Combine and set aside:
2 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1 T. salt (I use Kosher salt)
4 1/2 teaspoons (2 pkgs.) active dry yeast

Heat until warm:
1 c. water
1 c. milk
1/4 c. vegetable oil

Have on hand:
1 egg
2 to 2 1/2 c. flour

Mix egg with the liquids, then stir the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Blend at lowest speed on mixer, then blend on medium for 3 minutes. By hand stir in another 2 to 2 1/2 c. flour. Cover, let rise 50 minutes until light and doubled in size. Stir down. Spoon into greased  6" x 9" loaf pan. (If your pan has short sides you might want to split it up and put it in two smaller pans; it rises quite a bit. I think my pan is actually 5" x 8".) Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes. Brush top with butter.


Can't wait to hear more about Mrs. Delany from you. My family loves your bread recipe - I get requests for it.

How do you make your grids? Is there a program?

Oh nothing like home made bread.

Oh I do love that bread of yours! I made it last night. ♥

Looks so delicious - I can feel the smell! :-)

Mrs. Delaney's story is quite amazing & so very inspiring. Your new projects look & sound wonderful ! can't wait to see & hear more about them. Off to google heated kitty bowls & will try that delicious looking bread tomorrow. Thanks

If only I could eat regular flour... I can smell it all the way out here on the eastern side of the US! I'm really hoping you are starting to think about another book! You are making it really, really hard to wait for the sampler kit to come!

That bread looks wonderful. I make no-knead bread all the time but this is a new method that looks intriguing.

Is there a second rise in the pan or just put it straight in the oven?

The tiny peaks at your flower sampler are killing me. Can't wait to see the whole thing.

If there is hope for Ms. Delany, there may yet be hope for me.

Ooooohhh, that bread looks yummy and sounds maybe easy enough for me and my yeast phobia. :)

I have that Gerda Bengtsson counted thread book too - from the 70's or early 80's? Love her patterns - even have some Danish Flower Thread.

Happy stitching!

I have made this bread so many times after seeing it on your blog awhile back. Love, love, love!

March has the perfect weather for making bread . . .Thanks!

Your bread looks yummy! Take your time percolating, I look forward to the results. I do hope you offer this in a kit as well.

I love that bread recipe but I really love that bread bowl! Is that a Roseville pottery bowl?

Never tried a no-knead recipe before...I'm intrigued!

So nice to run into someone who knows of Mrs. Delaney. I have a beautiful book with her life story and prints of her works. I ordered very reasonably from Al Libris book site. i love to pick it up for inspiration--and a strong dash of humility. How DID she do all that and so accurately?!

I'm really enjoying seeing the progress of that sampler, the black is so effective, who'd've thought? Can't wait to see the finished product...

I love the flowers on the black back-ground. I have never ordered one of your kits, or done any cross-stich... but if this new kit comes out with the black fabric, I'll have to order one and learn to cross stich! It's just beautiful ~

Love love love the flowers!

ooh I love what you are working on! I have a no knead bread recipe I plan on trying this weekend.. supposed to rain around here so I can't think of anything better! lovely pictures as always..

Yum! I can smell it from here. Save me a

xo Linda

Thank you for sharing the bread recipe - can't wait to try it myself now - seeing so many have tried it and love it. What a wonderful idea and a tribute to Mrs. Delaney's work.... I love her sensitive floral collages and that book. :)

Love the cross stitched flowers on the black fabric, really sets the colors off! Your bread bowl reminds me of one my mom had, stripe, color and size! I'll be trying this bread recipe soon! Thanks!

Your photos are exquisite as always! I've never made a no knead bread before...I am excited to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing:)

Gosh I love fresh baked bread... hubby read the recipe and I'm hoping he tries it. :-) He's the baker in the family. It would help us through this rainy weather.
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at