Basic breads are those that are made with a simple recipe of a few ingredients, are yeast leavened, and are usually easy for the home cook to prepare, requiring only basic bread making skills and simple pieces of kitchen equipment.
Bread Making Demonstration:Basic Bread
There are many variations of ingredients that can be used when preparing the uniquely shaped cottage loaf. It can be made as a whole wheat bread or a combination of whole grain flours can be used.
Pork does not have to be brined but it will provide juicier and more flavorful meat. Brining (or salting) increases the ability of the meat to hold moisture. Brining solutions will vary from a simple salt and water solution to a sweet brine in which sugar is added.
A seasoned mixture that may consist of a variety of seasonings such as coarse or flaked salt (sea salt and kosher salt are common), pepper or peppercorns, sage, allspice, thyme, garlic, cardamom, lavender, juniper, citrus zest, and other selected ingredients.