here are few things more delicious and satisfying than a piece of AMAZING bread with butter and honey – or jam or avocado or whipped ricotta…any way you slice it, though, bread is definitely the unifying theme. Up to this point, I’ve only made my own bread in my parent’s bread maker. That stuff is delicious, but Bobby and I don’t have our own bread machine. Plus, I think it would be more satisfying (and an ode to my Irish grandmother whom, I’ve been told, used to make fresh bread on the reg). The time has come for Grace to learn how to bake bread.
No more kleenex bread for us. Bobby and I have always been pretty healthy eaters and cooks, but bread is an area where we’ve turned a blind eye. In Miami, I was making a breakfast sandwich for Bobby to eat every morning: two slices of toast, scrambled egg, a piece of ham, slice of cheese, and some delicious spread. We’d also have the occasional sandwich, garlic bread with our pasta, or slice of toast as a quick snack. Basically, we were going through a lot of bread.
I started to look at the labels of the grocery store bread and was astonished at the long, unnatural list of ingredients. (To further illuminate this point, there is currently a bag of hamburger buns sitting on our kitchen counter. The expiration date was ONE MONTH AGO and those puppies are still going strong. Not a spot of mold or discoloration on them. This makes me highly suspicious.)
My dad gifted my this amazing book for Christmas that was on my wish list: Josey Baker Bread. It had great reviews and I knew I wanted something that had beautiful pictures and a fun writing style. I read this entire book while waiting in line for an eternity at the Florida DMV, and it completely fits the bill. I wanted to start baking bread right that instant! Hilariously, that was months ago and I have to take action on any of this. However, the time has finally come. Enough with the kleenex bread! On to the real stuff!
If YOU’VE ever wanted to bake bread from scratch, you should consider joining me! Let’s share tips and tricks as we learn. Or, if you’re already a seasoned bread baker, hit me up in the comments with your wisdom. I’m all ears!
*If you’re curious about 12 Months of Making, here are some links to follow for Month One (calligraphy), Month Two (Project Life), and Month Three (making our house a home).
Here is my really easy bread recipe. You do need to let it sit overnight so be sure to start early.
Pam, that recipe looks incredible – especially all the delicious variations she has made! Thanks so much, I can’t wait to try it. Do you use a Le Creuset pot? We don’t own one…but I read on her post that you can use a crock pot insert, so maybe that’s what I’ll start with. Thank you for the great link!
My mouth is watering. Bread needs to taste really good or why bother? Pam’s recipe looks fabulous! Here’s to a great month of making, Grace!
Maybe I can make you some when we’re up in Maine, Gini!!
Ahh! Grace! Bread is my favorite!
Aside from the early morning hours needed for the job, I always wanted to work at a bread bakery. I did some photography for my internship at Breads on Oak and absolutely fell in love with the place.
As I don’t have a legit oven here, I’ve been really struggling to make good bread. I’ve followed a few rice-cooker bread recipes online and had some surprising success, but cleaning up the rice cooker turned out to be a real mess. My microwave tends to absolutely scorch the crust while leaving the inside mushy…
But, I’m going to love following your bread adventures! :) So excited for your new month of making!
Wow, I am impressed by your tenacity to try rice cooker bread! I can only imagine the cleanup. I’ve found the cast iron pot to be AMAZING in terms of cleanup – a swish of water and I’m done. (That deserves a spoiler alert, technically, since I’ve yet to write a follow up post. I’m glad you love bread because it’s going to extend into July!) You’ve kept such a positive attitude without having a real oven. High five! And I’ve never heard of Breads On Oak – do you know if they’re still in business? I feel like I missed out!