With Easter coming soon and Spring baking bread seems the perfect way to spend a day. When I was younger I often “attempted” to make bread, but always seemed so busy raining my three sons, there was never enough time to devote to it. Now I have the freedom of time, it may be fun to see just how many different kinds I can successfully and perhaps unsuccessfully make.
Yesterday it was plain white bread, like my wonderful German mother-in-law, Josephine used to make with my sons every time she came to visit. Looking back I wish I had taken the time to watch, learn and listen as she worked with the boys. At the time, I wanted to give her some one on one time with my sons. I can still them working together in the kitchen.
The Great British Bakeoff gave me a little inspiration, so I ordered Paul Hollywood’s cookbook. Not really sure if I bought it for contents or cover. (If you know what I mean) It has lots of good recipes, but get out your calculator as it is all grams and liters versus Teaspoons, Tablespoons and Cups,
Wonder what bread would be fun to try next. I now understand why people bake bread. It tastes great right out of the oven. You feel great slamming that dough around. Aggressions disappear and you kneed and roll that dough.
Ever having a bad day, just make some bread dough, take a walk while letting it rise, then knead some more. Have a cup of tea (or a scotch) while it rises, then bakes. They hopefully you will enjoy a little slice of heaven with butter and jam.
Can’t wait to make bread with my six year old granddaughter this summer.
Happy Baking! Cheers!