As we’ve discussed before, bread making has always been a little scary for me. I was raised to believe that it was “finicky,” “time-consuming” and far too “labor-intensive.” Since becoming an adult, I’ve decided to tackle the bread beast head-on. I started my war with Beer Bread, which requires no kneading and no rise time. Now, it is time for me to vanquish my fear of yeast bread.
First, I found a really great cookbook. This one is written by Gordon Ramsay’s wife.
Then, I read the recipe and attempted to follow it.
- Apparently, bread flour and all purpose flour have different absorption powers. When I went to knead the bread on the counter, it was way too loose and needed (see what I did there?) an extra cup or so of flour to look like a dough and not just like a paste.
- Although there are a lot of steps to making bread, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that it’s too labor-intensive. It is certainly a little time-intensive, but I managed to make both loaves of bread while I was getting ready for Mass. Pro-tip: shower after you knead.
- This bread was incredibly inexpensive to make. Even better, it tasted really good. I brought a loaf over to my mother’s house and she asked me: “What brand is this?” If someone tells you that they would pay 4 dollars for the loaf of bread you bought over, you should keep that recipe in the rotation.
- Bread that has been cooked completely will sound hollow when you tap on the bottom.
- You will split an entire loaf of bread with your husband when it’s fresh.
To conclude: making bread isn’t hard and we should all do it more often.
What sort of bread should I make next?