This day is full of bluster. Wind gusts that take your breath away. Rain pouring so hard it blocks the light of noon day. It is a loud day. I can hear trees and bushes brushing the side of the house.
Instead of fighting it and complaining, I decided to lean into it. I have on warm socks and a sweater. I made a huge cup of strong, dark, rich coffee and stirred in a spoonful of homemade caramel sauce. I turned on the twinkle lights and flipped the switch on all the battery operated candles. I even whipped up a mixture for the diffuser (spruce, cinnamon and orange). Smells like winter.
Perfect day to talk about bread.
About 4 1/2 years ago I bought this book. I got the supplies needed. Then I didn’t do it. Life somehow got mixed up in MY plans and the road detoured for a bit.
I have baked many, many, oodles really, loaves of bread in my life time. I wanted to try my hand at Artisan Bread.
Why on earth did I wait so long?
You know that moment when you are in an upscale restaurant and they serve a slice of bread with holes and has a really good flavor and “chew” to it? The chef simply kisses the bread with a little fire and somehow elevates everything that is served near, beside or atop it. Yeah, that bread.
I wanted/want to learn to make that perfect texture, great color, haphazard slices swiped into the top, smell of heaven on earth, mouth-watering looking and tasting staff of life. This is my first loaf!!! Seriously folks, this is what baking is about. Man alive, I wish your screen was scratch n sniff. This is the real deal. Oh, sweet mawma!
“In the history of art there are periods when bread seems so beautiful that it nearly gets into museums.”
― Janet Flanner, Paris Was Yesterday, 1925-1939
Once you mix the dough and let it sit in the refrigerator for a day or two or fourteen……..it takes HONESTLY 5 minutes to form it then you step away and allow it to do its thing.
I love the feel of the proofing cloth. I love swirling the flour around with my hands.
The original recipe makes enough for four loaves. I started with two. It was easy peasy to divide.
Once I practice a bit more, we will share loaves with our friends and neighbors. You can make a smaller loaf for a single friend or couple. You can make a more generous size for a larger family. As well as still making an amazing loaf for you and your spouse.
Baking a loaf of bread by spending 5 minutes. What a lovely way to speak to your husband. Yes, Mr. Right means that much to me. I smiled to myself, the moment he walked in that back door. His words, “yum, smells like fresh-baked bread”.
That is why I bake bread.
That and the fact that it makes awesome toast.
Gentle suggestion and nudge. Buy the book. Learn something new. Spend 5 minutes on making something for someone else. You will be so proud of yourself. Your family will be smitten with your new hobby.
Feeding yourself, family and friends fresh bread. Nothing feels more right.
Imagine yourself, offering a loaf of fresh-baked bread to your neighbor or your co-worker expecting a new baby. Yes, it feels that good and more.
In this together friends,
ps. If you stop by, I promise to share a slice or at least get a loaf baking so you can take it home with you.