the first loaf

January 23, 2010

Today, I took my first stab at baking bread. I’ve been looking forward to this moment since Christmas when I received Bernard Clayton’s New Complete Book of Breads as a gift:

I cannot wait to get my bake on. First up, and the obvious choice for a new baker: “The First Loaf“. I was so happy when I saw this beginner’s loaf listed first (in a book of hundreds of recipes). It made me feel completely at ease.

This simple, white loaf was a doddle to make. My favourite thing about this book? Every recipe contains instructions on how to make your bread by hand or machine, depending on what you prefer. Since we don’t own any mixers or fancy equipment, this book is perfect.

For our first loaf (let’s be honest, this was totally not just me. See those man-hands above? Yeah.) this turned out surprisingly well. I think we should have kneaded for a bit longer, since there was a slight doughy taste.

Baking a bit longer might have helped too, especially because I am a big crust fan! So far, I have enjoyed it dipped in soup and toasted up with lashings of butter:


Have you ever made your own bread? What are your favourite loaves to make?
I’m super excited to get into a whole wheat loaf and a sourdough.

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Janetha January 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm

YUM!!! homemade bread is one of my favorite things in life. i've never made my own (well, aside from banana bread and stuff) but my mom and sister make it. DELISH. yours looks awesome! mwah!


Food Makes Fun Fuel January 23, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Yum! The breads that I made have not been yeast based; it just freaks me out to deal with! but yours looks soooo good. Congrats!


Jenny January 23, 2010 at 6:50 pm

my mom used to make homemade bread all the time — nothin' like it! Though I'm definitely too scared to make some of my own – yeast intimidates me!


Katie January 23, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Yum. Nothing beats homemade bread. I always make my own bread, but I have a bread maker – so it makes things really easy. I have also done it without – and it's heck of a process, but nonetheless fun!


Susan January 23, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Oooh! Exciting!! Bread has always intimidated me for some reason. I've only ever made one loaf and it turned out really well. It was time consuming though – next time I'll use an easier recipe!


joyofood January 24, 2010 at 5:52 am

My Mum used to make bread when I was little, she had more time then, but she doesn't anymore. I love the smell of freshly baked bread too, it's very naustalgic for me too.



Kelly January 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I haven't ever made my own bread but I used to date a guy whose mom would always make fresh bread and it was AMAZING!! I could seriously eat an entire loaf all on my own!


Holly January 25, 2010 at 1:18 pm

i have ALWAYS wanted to bake my own bread, because i am pretty sure it is one of the BEST smells in the world hands down.

your loaves look lovely, and i think you should come to madison to bring me some. and hang out. and yes, i am being a total nag about this. can't help it i am lonely :)

p.s. pic of the fur coat to come…promise!


ohonemorething January 26, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Bravo bravo!! Homemade bread is so wonderful and the aroma coming from the oven is deeelish! I love how easy Irish soda bread is. I love baking rosemary bread and dipping it in olive oil with freshly cracked pepper. If you really want a challenge try baking Armenian tahini bread–I made mini ones, but I can give you the link for the recipe if you'd like!!


p.s. get the skirt and I'll get the skirt and we can coordinate to match hehehe :D


Kendel January 28, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Not quite as labor intense but simple and delicious is homemade foccacia bread. You can change the taste by simply changing the toppings. I love rosemary, goat cheese, and red onions! Yum!


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