I’ve always wanted to try making bread. I LOVE bread. I have always been able to eat an unbelievable amount of bread in a sitting. Restaurants with all you can eat bread on the table are dangerous. A few years ago when I found out I had to cut wheat out of my diet, I was devastated. Luckily for me, my first pregnancy seems to have cured me of my wheat intolerance. Bagels were all that little boy wanted and I obliged. In between pregnancies I went back to a (mostly) wheat free diet since it was so much healthier and I enjoyed the food more, but there is still a little bread-loving boy in our household so I figured this was my chance to try making bread.
Did you know that bread sings when it comes out of the oven? I didn’t and it is incredible to hear the crackling of the crust as the bread starts to cool. I used a no knead recipe from Jim Lahey. The recipe and instructions can be found here.
A friend also lent us the book “Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day.” I haven’t tried anything out of that book yet, but I think the pizza crust may be our next experiment. And if I can ever dig our car out of the snowbank it’s currently in, I have a few of Jim Lahey’s books on hold at the public library. Sourdough is the bread I really want to try making since it is our favourite, but caring for the bread starter feels a little daunting. Maybe once I get a few more loaves under my belt I’ll be more confident.
If you’ve ever wanted to try making bread, I HIGHLY recommend this recipe. All you need is a dutch oven and four simple ingredients and barely any patience… it’s that easy!