Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Fresh whole wheat bread !!

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

14 comments:

Mississippi Songbird said...

oh, I'm so hungry now.. I've ben sick today and had to stay home from work. I must be getting better. That looks delicious!Have a wonderful evening!

Alice said...

You're right, bread is right at the top of the yum list. Your loves look beautiful. I'm afraid I'm not the daring baker you are as I use a bread machine. I've always told myself that my house is too cold for the dough to proof but mostly I'm a bread-making chicken.

I hope you're having a sweet day on this Valentine's. And thank you for mentioning my blog!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Your bread looks so yummy. There is nothing like home made bread with butter! Very successful on your first try....lucky you, wish I had a nice big piece.
Hugs, DebraK

We have snow here too.

reinaswan said...

Whole made bread... Yum. I love your bears.

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOOO YUM YUM YUM! I luv it wen Mummy maykes soda bred, an then we eet it hot, wiv melty hunny on top!

Slerp!

:@D

Small City Scenes said...

You are right----the aroma of fresh-baked bread is THE BEST. I used to make bread for the family but not anymore---it is just me. Enjoyed your blog. MB

Cakespy said...

What gorgeous bread! Nothing like taking it out of the oven, and the way the butter just melts on top of it. Ohhh.

this is my patch said...

Him indoors loves bread, he keeps hinting for me to start making it, when, I say to him, am I going to find the time, question, where do you find the time! Funny after seeing your white chocolate coated strawberries, I then go and see some in my local supermarket, but they were using dried strawberries. x

Mrs. Limestone said...

Your blog is making me hungry! Fresh bread is heaven. Im in awe of anyone who can bake because the skill is beyond me.

My husband loves scones. Is there a recipe for someone who has no baking talent whatsoever?

Nabeel said...

the loaf looks .. i dunno but i feel that it is sweet too .. nice pics.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Ohhhh...that bread looks fabulous....just wanted to stop by and say thank you...thank you...thank you for all of your sweet comments on my birthday (and happy birthday to your sister too)!

Have a blessed and wonderful day!

smiles, kari & kijsa

*Linnie* said...

Homemade bread right outta the oven is the best! Yum!!!

Enjoyed my visit.

-Linnie

Emily Eckel said...

Bread is the best. It smells so good

Alexandra, Writing & Baking Enthusiast said...

The bread looks lovely. I am such a bread baby. Glad that snow is not here. :) Hope you are having a good weekend.
Alexandra