Life List: Bake Bread

When I was little, we made all our own bread. So technically I have done it before. Just not as an adult. I have, in more recent years, made plenty of baking powder breads and pastries, but the only yeast dough I have made is pizza dough, and it is just not the same.

I’ve been thinking about baking bread for about six years. And I did it today. One of the things holding me back was sheer laziness. I have a KitchenAid, which would do most of the kneading for me, but the time factor was just intimidating me.

So I recently bought, with a birthday gift certificate, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. Last week I read it. This weekend I picked up extra flour. Yesterday I mixed together a half batch of dough. Today I baked a small loaf of the best bread I have ever eaten.

This is the dough right after I mixed it.

firstbreaddough

And here it is the next day, after rising (which meant spreading to fill out the pan and then puffing up) and collapsing.

firstbreaddough-nextday

This was a half batch, so should have made about two loaves. I think I pinched off only about a third of it, though, which made this adorable loaf.

firstbreaddough-formed

Twenty-five minutes in the oven resulted in this beauty. It is too brown on one side, because my oven heats unevenly and I forgot to compensate, but I love the way it puffed up.

firstbread

I loved the way it tasted, too.

firstbread-firstbite

But next time I am making my own butter. (Not literally next time, which will be today. Today’s will go with anti-pasto. But this weekend, maybe.)

8 thoughts on “Life List: Bake Bread

  1. Vicki

    September 23, 2009 at 10:19am

    I am obsessed with Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day! You have to try the Peasant dough, with the whole wheat and rye. Very delicious.
    .-= Vicki´s last post ..Limping Over The Finish Line =-.

  2. courtney

    September 23, 2009 at 4:54pm

    o.m.g. that looks divine. there is little that is better than FRESH HOMEMADE BREAD aagh I have to close this window it is killing me there is none in this house. so many noms.
    .-= courtney´s last post ..An Interview with Nova Ren Suma =-.

  3. oslowe

    September 24, 2009 at 10:54am

    This bread kicks all kinds of ass. It is a one-stop-one-serve ass-kicking in your mouth,

  4. Craptina

    September 24, 2009 at 11:48am

    Do you have a mixer like a kitchenaid? I make butter in it. So. Much. Faster.

    looking yummy

  5. camille

    October 3, 2009 at 2:23pm

    I too made lots of bread when I was little, and as an adult have been terrified to try until I came across the 4 page illustrated step by step guide in The Enchanted Broccoli Forest cookbook by Mollie Katzen. First loaf- not perfect but delicious, and easy enough that I am no longer afraid ;)

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