Monday, April 7, 2008

Let there be bread!

Apples and I cook whenever we can, but in the near two and a half years we've been together, I don't think we've ever baked anything. Baking, for the most part, requires that directions be followed, something that neither of us are very good at.

But through a random conversation a few weeks ago, we figured that maybe we should start making our own bread, and Apples took the initiative and got us a bread maker - last night we tried it out for the first time on a loaf of Rosemary bread.

The results were amazing, the process was frustrating. I, as stated above, didn't read the directions and just started dumping ingredients into the mixer, and ended up putting in way too much sugar and salt. I then dumped it out and started over, only then realizing that I didn't put the stirring blade in, and had to put it in a few minutes after I turned it on.

Three hours later, and after a lot of watching, we actually had a loaf of bread, and I was shocked how well it turned out.

The crust was nice, golden and crisp. Inside the bread was light and airy and the Rosemary really came through.

Feeling quite adventurous we've decided to start making our own pickles now. If we can only cure our own meat, we'd have ourselves an awfully good sandwich.


Jess said...

That last picture is too cute.

Um... Yum! said...

Congratulations on making perfect bread. :o) Instead of curing your own meat, you should make your own butter.

Britni said...

So do you recommend the bread maker you bought? I've been thinking about getting one for some time now cause I actually love baking!

shelleycoughlin said...

Oh my lord, if we had a breadmaker my boyfriend and I would each be 200 pounds heavier, easy. I would make the bread and then have to eat all of it, to make sure it stayed fresh.

And I'm pretty sure that a loaf of bread a day is more than a serving.

Anonymous said...

Playful-- Give us a couple more test loaves before we recommend our particular bread maker. This one could have been a fluke-- we'll let you know how the next few go!