Thursday, January 15, 2009
Homemade Bread, Mostly
Even though I've been cooking full meals without much fear since well before I was old enough to drive, I never felt comfortable trying to make bread. It's just a different concept - exact measuring, the element of surprise waiting for it to rise, kneading and shaping - eek. So several years ago, we decided that we'd get a bread machine. This did a lot to take away my fear of bread. It doesn't always work, but most of the time the machine turns out a good, reliable loaf of bread.
I have a great cookbook for bread machines. If any of you have one, you should have this cookbook. It's called The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook by Beth Hensperger. Not only does it have recipes for baking bread in the machine, but it has probably hundreds of options for how to prepare the dough in the machine and bake it in the oven.
Above is a picture of Pain Au Levain, from page 228-229. So get this book and make some bread!