This past weekend I tried baking my very first loaf of bread. I admit, it's an intimidating process to me... taking water and flour and essentially turning it into something whole. I love baking, and find it much easier than cooking, but baking bread seemed on a whole other level. I'm not sure why. Even though it takes a while (4.5 hours for me from start to finish), it's well worth the effort. There's something very satisfying about making such a basic item for yourself, instead of getting it store-bought. Let's be realistic though... it's not like i'll be baking every loaf of bread from here on out, but i'm just glad it worked. Well, 90% worked... the other 10% ended up being a large whole under the top of the loaf. Regardless, for my first attempt i'm calling it a success! Next time i'll be sure to really press down after folding the dough.
I've come across quite a few recipes for bread, but this is the only one that actually had me feeling confident enough to try out... Honey Whole Wheat Bread via Local Milk. Beth makes the whole process seems somewhat magical – and doable! I highly recommend trying this out if it's your first attempt.
Have you baked your own bread? What are some of your favourite recipes? I'd love to try a large, round crusty loaf next.