The moment when time stops for a bread baker is when he or she tastes the first slice.
You hold the bread in your hands, you look at it closely and evaluate the crust, the crumb, the aroma. Finally, you savor the first morsel. At that point, you can complete your assessment of the result of your efforts. It's an emotional moment.
The bread in the top photo was baked in the wood-fired oven above, at the San Francisco Baking Institute, a wonderland for bread and pastry makers.
This is my contribution to edition #106 of Black and White Wednesday - A Culinary Photography Event created by Susan of The Well-Seasoned Cook, now organized by Cinzia of Cindystar, and hosted this week by Cinzia herself.
The photos were shot in color and then converted to black and white (Lightroom preset B&W Look 4).
This post contains the gallery of images submitted to the event.
On this page, you can find out who is hosting the current and future editions of the event.