Baking bread is so basic and easy and satisfying that it's sad that people don't do it much any more. While I admit to buying traditional baguettes from my local artisan market, I make my own sandwich bread and rolls. (I think it's difficult to achieve the right texture for baguette in a home oven, but I intend to give it a try one of these days!) The scent of rising dough and baking bread is just heavenly!
So, here are the photos of my bread baking today. I forgot to take photos at the start, so you just get to see from after the first rise until the finished product.
After the first rise -- beautiful and puffy!
Ready for the oven (I baked them on parchment and the bottom still came out nice and brown)
Fresh out of the oven!
Ready to eat -- and it is delicious!
If you've never baked bread before, you should give it a try. Even though it's winter where I live, and we keep our house very chilly, I made a nice warm spot for the first rise by turning on my oven to 200 degrees (Fahrenheit), and when it was done preheating, I turned it off. That provided just enough warmth to enable the dough to rise beautifully.
I'm not a great kneader, so I rely on my trusty Kitchen Aid mixer to do both the initial mixing and the kneading of the dough. I know, I know -- I should do the kneading myself, but I'm a real weakling! [Um, hey, that's probably a great way to build those flabby upper arms! I guess next time around I'll do the kneading...]
A challenge: If you've never baked bread before, don't be afraid! Give it a try!
Podcast teaser: Right now I'm writing my project sheet for next podcast's Fiber Arts segment, and I'm having fun!