bread making.

Monday, March 19, 2012

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I am reading this book right now called Make the Bread, Buy the Butter. It has inspired me to make things from scratch; peanut butter, granola and bread {so far}. A bucket list goal of mine has been to make my own bread. It has always seemed so scary and hard... but my friends it's not! Mixing those 4 simple ingredients is kind of magic, you watch it grow, stick it in the oven and it is totally delish.
Here is the recipe that I tried, it was so silly easy.
Also if you are a bread maker I have some questions...
- What are your favorite brands for stuff {flower, yeast, etc}?
- How do you store your bread once you make it?
- What is your favorite recipe for sweet breakfast type bread?
- How do you make bread in a pan, without greasing it?

happy bread making

15 comments:

  1. Well, I don't have answers to all of your questions, but there are some I can start with. First, King Arthur Flour. It's a necessity. Once you start using it you won't ever go back. Second, I know that storing bread in the refrigerator will cause it to go stale faster than if kept out or frozen. I keep mine out for a day then freeze (cause I love warming up bread in the oven). Third, for sweet breads...there are so many possibilities, I'm not sure where to tell you where to start. But you need to try my green tea azuki bean bread recipe (it's over on pizzelles).

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  2. this past year a friend gave us a sourdough starter, and my husband & i started baking bread. (started with "three many cooks" simple sourdough recipe) we tried to experiment with wheat flour and we had a more difficult time getting the consistency/texture right. so, this past Christmas, i bought him this book-
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Bread-Bakers-Apprentice-Extraordinary/dp/1580082688/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1332180668&sr=1-5

    ...as well as a few king arthur products (our favorite brand) that customers "swear" to make all the difference in bread-making (instant yeast & dry milk powder). i figured we should back track a bit, learn more about it so that we can then experiment with different types/flours/etc. we have yet to try using the instant yeast & milk powder... we're on a huge health-kick right now, and trying to stay away from bread for the most part :( ... temporarily.

    {as for storage, here are some great tips (do's & don'ts)- sorry for the long link- http://books.google.com/books?id=yHGBOXSNogsC&pg=PA99&dq=The+Bread+Baker%27s+Apprentice+storing+tips&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QHpnT8z1JueKiAKZ_MivBw&ved=0CDoQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

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  3. We learned how to make bread at Waldorf And it was so much fun! You've inspired me to make more bread this week:) xoxo

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  4. i'm on the waiting list at the library for this book, but i know the best things come to those who wait. you know, kinda like learning to make your own bread?! :)

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  5. oh my goodness... thank you so much for the awesome tips!!!! these are so great!!! I made Henry a sandwich with the bread for school today and when I picked him up he told me that he showed all his friends the 'special bread' I made... even my 3 year old thought it was pretty neat {insert happy mommy}.

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  6. My mouth is watering! I bet your homemade bread is to die for! : )
    xo Melissa

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  7. Dang you! (I say that with love). I guess I'll be making homemade bread today. And with my lack of willpower it will be gone by the end of the day. There's nothing better than the smell of fresh bread, and there's nothing more yummy than warm fresh bread WITH BUTTER...and honey.

    Wishing you sunshine & cheer!

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  8. I agree with Bianca....you can't just eat one slice. By the end of the day it'll be gone. There rarely was any left to store, but if there was...i would put it in a paper bag and then a plastic one. The paper keeps the bread from sweating and the plastic keeps the crust from getting too tough. (i once worked at a french bakery for a temp job when I was 16)
    My mom used to make bread all the time growing up. There is nothing better than coming home from school to the smell of fresh bread. If you don't want to grease the pan, you can use parchment paper. I have a recipe for a Swedish Tea Ring that I used to make all the time. It's sort of a fancy looking cinnamon bun that is super easy....or were you looking for more of a sweet hawaiian type bread? Wow, sorry for the long comment!

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    1. I would love your recipe for the Swedish Tea Ring... sounds perfect for Easter!!! sorry I missed you today... come by any time with your little nephew! ox

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  9. I made the bread today, and it's so delicious. And you were right, it is "silly easy"! We're having it for dinner topped with with spicy mustard, ham and muenster cheese, served open faced with a salad. Thanks for the post.

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    1. I love it!!!! sounds amazing! can I come over?

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  10. I use the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day cookbook and it is so easy! The only loaf I've done in a loaf pan was a brioche, though- otherwise I just free form it. It never lasts more than 2 days max in our house, though, so I usually just wrap it up and leave it on the counter to munch on :)

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  11. oh gosh, i wish i could help - i'm totally hopeless in the kitchen. but i have to say i admire your drive to make things from scratch!

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  12. YUM! I have to make this soon, you have inspired me once again :)

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  13. I LOVE your blog. I'm a bad at commenting, but I love stopping by. Iam also a designer and mommy to a little boy. I love that you don't feel the need to post pages of design images. And you craft! Do you have clients ask if you will sew for them all the time? I started getting a lot of that at one point and tapered off on DIY sewing posts. But I LOVE to sew. Anyway, love everything. Keep up the good work:)

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