Making Bread

Yes, I know home-made bread has been all the rage over the last few years, thanks to those electric bread makers you can buy now, where you pile a whole bunch of stuff into a machine and it does all the hard work for you. Although I’ve toyed with the idea of purchasing one myself, I’ve never gone ahead with the purchase, concluding I’d probably use it only once or twice before my enthusiasm waned. But lately, I’ve become a little obsessed with the idea of making my own bread by hand.

It started when I was in South Africa a few weeks ago. I was staying at a guesthouse where the cook made fresh bread every day. Over breakfast one morning, he spoke passionately about how awful processed white bread can be is, and much better it is to make your own bread.

Then a few weeks ago I went to a friends place for dinner, and he also spoke with passion about how he had begun making his own bread. He spoke with passion, in particular, about creating the original sour-dough. He has more patience than I have. I want bread and I want it now.

So the other day I went online, found a simple recipe on Youtube, and picked up the necessary ingredients (flour and yeast) from the supermarket. And then tonight, I gave it a go.

My conclusion? It was surprisingly easy. It was also very satisfying. At the age of forty-seven, I’m still learning new tricks.

Here are the results.

Making Bread
Making Bread

With the ingredients, I ended up with two loaves of fresh bread. Of course, they’re not the most attractive loaves of bread (I’d lose points for presentation if I was on a cooking show), but they taste terrific, and they’ll taste fantastic over breakfast tomorrow (as well as a late night snack tonight). I’m inspired to do it again.

7 responses to “Making Bread”

  1. Kelli Brett Avatar

    Life changing :) bet the kitchen smelt divine as well

  2. Andrew Avatar

    We have a bread maker and while it does not get used often, it does get used. When home for lunch I set it begin cooking at three and when we get home in the evening, a nice warm loaf is waiting for us, and of course the smell.

  3. Margaret and Kevin Avatar
    Margaret and Kevin

    James, did love the post on Bread.
    I don’t eat a lot of bread , but have always liked the sourdough and brown varieties.
    In recent times Kevin has been experimenting with making bread , and we have invested in a bread maker, Kevin enjoys trying different recipes , and it is great when the Grandchildren are here, as we can make allergy free bread…Emelia’s Felix has had lots of problems with food allergies.
    Kevin asks …..”Is the process…. ‘inbred’….boom boom”

  4. James O'Brien Avatar

    Love the comments about the bread-makers not falling into disuse. I’m loving the bread I made! The only thing I think I’d do differently is go for a pan (to even up the shape) rather than leave it purely to chance on a baking tray. I suspect there’ll be more bread-making on Sunday.

  5. Sue Avatar

    OMG! Bread making!!! Whoever would have thought. Someone tell Mrs Sherrin :)

  6. Sandra in Sweden Avatar

    Love it! I’ve been meaning to try bread making for ages. Now I really have to do it…

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