So..... look what I made yesterday! My first bread.
Well, I say that... but sometime, somewhere in my dim, distant, prehistoric past...surely I must have baked bread at least once didn't I ? How can I not have? I love baking.. but, until now, I have been totally intimidated by breads.
I am very excited because I give it a definite two thumbs up! Next time they will be the same size... as I now know which pan size to use...here I used two different sizes and made the dough ball slightly smaller for one of the pans...
The intimidation ended yesterday. Actually, ever since I found Lewis, I have been inspired. This business of being a "daring baker" intrigues me... just to do it. I must join that group one day. Maybe it will have to wait a few months til I get all the bear orders out. Or... if they don't mind that I pass over one or two of the challenges. I still have not asked about the criteria..etc..
However, back to bread baking in my own kitchen. Do you know, I really had to scour books, the internet, etc..just to find a simple recipe. My old cookbook even talked about a 3rd rising..blah, blah... and when I began to read the convoluted instructions...no wonder I was intimidated... just too much...of everything. Finally found one in the booklet that came with Snow White (my KitchenAid mixer) all those years ago. It didn't take nearly as long as I thought it took to make bread either...next time I wait til afternoon to begin...so that Mr. Bumblevee gets to have a slice of warm, fresh bread slathered with butter... mmmmmmmmm... nothing better. Oh, alright, perhaps apple pie baking, or things with cinnamon, are close...but I still think the aroma of fresh bread is the best..
.... and this morning.... aahhhhhhh the best toast....mmmmm...
okay...I think I better hop on the treadmill now.
Lovely blue sky now and the warmth of the sun is already melting the snow we had overnight.... it is dripping off the roof..... don't you love a snow curl? how does it do that?
Check out Alice's lovely, easy to do strawberries