Thursday, 11 March 2010
The rise of home made bread?
Sorry about the pun in the title, but I saw it in the new Country Living magazine and it appealed to me :)
There's a lot going on at the moment about baking your own bread, and there's a nice article in the magazine about communal baking, courses, etc, and soem really useful mail order contacts for flour, mills, etc.
I've been baking my own bread for over twenty years now, since I got my own house first. I remember my father making it too, but with four hungry children, it never lasted long; I find that too, with the freshly baked loaves - hardly has time to cool before being devoured here!
Baking bread by hand is something everyone should have a go at if they can - the sense of satisfaction achieved, coupled with the result of *real* bread is nothing short of remarkable.
I have a standard recipe I use most of the time which works very well for me; sometimes I try something different, and I really want to expand my repertoire this year, so I'm busy researching recipes to try out. I'll pop my recipe and method in teh Kitchen later on.
It's hard work trying to keep up with baking all the time, so I do buy bread sometimes. I have a grain mill too, and occasionally mill my own wheat. I have grown a block of wheat in the garden too, but pigeons ransacked it; I'll be trying again this year, though.
Imagine being able to bake your own bread from your own home grown wheat, the satisfaction in that?
Anyone else make bread? Standard loaf or something else? Fruit and nuts? Cheese and olives? What's your favourite?
Posted by MrsL at 07:48