The Warmth of Bread

Baking bread is about so much more than nourishment. Sure it tastes great, and fills up hungry bellies, but it is as much about the process for me as the end result. I have made my own bread occasionally for years, not every loaf, but quite often. In the last month I started making all of our bread, I used the bread machine to knead and rise the dough, but then would take it out, shape it, and bake it in the oven. I loved the result, but have wanted to get into baking my own truly from scratch for a while now. A couple of weeks ago, we made bagels, and they could knock the socks off of any store-bought bagels. I found I truly enjoyed the process of working the dough by hand, feeling it change from lumpy to smooth, fragile to elastic.

Seeing the dough rise in a bowl and gently pushing the air back out to shape it and let it rise again. Putting the loaves into the oven and the smell of bread baking, and the warmth from the oven warming the kitchen. I also love that I can make enough dough for two loaves in one batch, which means that I won’t necessarily have to make bread every day, or at the very least all that hard work won’t be gone in one sitting. Not to mention the side effect of a good workout, kneading dough for 10-15 minutes is very good for the arms.

I am looking forward to getting into the rhythm of baking bread from start to finish with my own hands, or like this morning, with the help of my two girls. I think I’ll put the boys to work on the next batch.

family, food, green, homeschooling • Monday, January 30th, 2012 • 5 Comments »
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5 Responses to “The Warmth of Bread”

  1. Mousy Brown says:

    That looks delicious! and I love your way of describing the process, really taking time to enjoy the making as much as the eating…
    …on a complete tangent that photo made me smile, just like the old days when we kept having everything the same..I have that exact (cornishware) jug, those breadbags and today I made that bread to go with very green pea soup! :D

  2. Jennifer says:

    We had split pea soup today for lunch :)

  3. vanessa says:

    I love making bread too, but I just don’t do it often enough. I would love to simplify my day enough to be able to set aside time to doing the whole process as it’s very rewarding.

    Have a super day!

    Vanessa xxx

  4. Scott Mcgonigal (Québec City) says:

    You said “kneading dough for 10-15 minutes is very good for the arms”….
    Well, I’ll tell you……it works out the abs also. I was laying down the next night to go to sleep and I told my husband that my abs hurt. I haven’t work out and couldn’t think what I did. He said, “you made bread”. I thought for a moment and realized he was right….kneading the dough gave me an ab workout. Which I then realized that I need to go to the gym ;)

  5. Scott Mcgonigal (Québec City) says:

    PS….The Bread is Amazing and Easy…I have been looking for a bread recipe for ever that was this easy and tasty. Plus I wanted a recipe for pizza dough….2-in-1 YEAH! Merci! :)

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