Cooler temperatures are bad for me...I mean really bad!
It brings out the baking flu!!
Seriously, all I want to do is bake.
Which in turns means I eat said baking, which in turn means my jeans don't button so well...
A while back I stumbled across this book in the clearance section at a local store.
As to why it was marked down I don't understand,
because it is truly one of the best baking tips and resource books I've ever come across.
Clear text & pictures are great for a beginner and also for someone more advanced.
But, hey my $2, yep you read that right, was very well spent!!
So this weekend, I figured instead of baking something sweet I'd make bread!
I have made bread before, but it's been a very long time.
I used to own a bread maker and while they can be very handy and turn out some nice loaves,
there is something about bread completely from scratch, made with your own two hands.
So how did it go?
(cell phone picture as my camera battery was dead - I apologize if the quality is a bit low)
I think really well!
That was my first loaf with sunflower seeds, poppy and sesame seeds.
The perfect toasting or sandwich bread.
Eating it reminds me of being a kid, as I grew up eating homemade bread that my grandma baked.
There is something dense and hearty about homemade
that you just don't get from store bought bread.
Flour, yeast, salt, water and a little olive oil...that's it!
I also made a rosemary & thyme loaf, perfect for sandwiches
or to serve with pasta as a garlic bread alternative.
I think I may have found my new winter hobby!!
What's your favorite thing to bake?