I want to weep. Mostly because I’m living out my Little House on the Prairie fantasies while still being able to use running water. This week, I decided to try my hand at bread making. Too many of my friends were reaping the benefits of eating homemade bread while I was sitting wondering how they found the time. I figured out the secret. Most of them have breadmakers. Alas, I do not, but I’ve never been one to shy away from a challenge. Ever. Which is how I ended up baking two loaves of bread way into the wee hours of the morning. 2 am to be exact. I was not disappointed, and neither wer any of the little people and big people in our houseful.
I used a recipe from The Big Book of Bread by Betty Crocker and now I’m happily anticipating all the ways that I can add fresh baked breads to my arsenal. No worries, this isn’t a review of the book – although that may come a bit later, but a share of how a home cook that has no bread making experience can produce awesome tasting, fluffy and buttery bread the first time around.
I have a super bad habit of going to the grocery store and picking up ingredients that I have never used before, waiting for the perfect time to use them. I’m currently eyeing tapioca flour. Several weeks ago I picked up bread flour and just knew that I was going to make a loaf of bread sometime soon. Mr. Houseful wasn’t so sure. Remember, he questions my weird acquisitions, and sometimes rightly so. This time, his well-intentioned concern was met with spectacular bread, and butter. Because I’m awesome. He realizes that he married a goldmine.
It didn’t take long to mix up the ingredients, but it did take a bit of time for the bread to rise twice and then bake, so I do recommend for those of you who aren’t experienced like me, to bake in the morning, not at 11 pm when the feeling moves you. Just trust me. To start this journey, you’ll need to snag the recipe below and get to baking! You know you really want to. You can also pair this with freshly made apple butter, or homemade butter. It begs for it. You can also try getting into the giving spirit and baking up a loaf of this one of your favorite people or neighbors with a jar of either butter, and put a smile on their face.