After much procrastination, I present to you: My bread adventures!!
Let me start by saying: I don’t ever want to buy store-bought bread again. However impractical, there was an incredible difference. I made two different types of bread: Focaccia, French, Irish Soda Bread, Flat Bread + English Muffins, and, OH MAN! I served the breads with dinner, or as an appetizer, or by itself with some butter, and each time, the bread was the STAR of the meal.
I have to say that there was something extremely calming about the bread making process. Regardless of the time and labor it took to make each type of bread, the outcome was worth it! And I highly suggest eating it right out of the oven- just don’t burn yourself please! 🙂 Once you’ve made a couple different types of bread, it begins to be second nature, almost. Most breads use yeast, require kneading, and must go through the rising process twice, on average. Also, I made it all by hand and didn’t use a bread machine or food processors. I may be crazy, but I believe it made a difference. They all came out looking rustic and delectable with the perfect texture!
I will be honest, I was not thrilled with the Irish Soda bread. It was dense, and sweet, and also salty at the same time, yet it was one of the “prettier” looking breads. I wouldn’t make it again. But the focaccia- oh my, the focaccia- was so heavenly! I would eat that every day, if I could. I was in love with the little bits of savory sage throughout the bread, and it’s such a great appetizer with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
One of the easier breads to make was the English Muffins. I made mini ones and only left it to rise once. You don’t bake them in the oven like most bread you actually cook them on a cast iron skillet! Scrumptious!
To end, bread is awesome, delicious, traditional, heartwarming comfort food. Make it yourself- give it a try!