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[personal profile] deird1
I am learning how to make bread and it is AWESOME.


For many years now, I have bought supermarket bread, occasionally been indulgent and bought bakery bread, and every few weeks made a loaf in my bread maker. The bread maker is awesome, mainly because I hate kneading.

However, last year, I got sick of the bread maker taking up space on my kitchen bench, and sick of wistfully glancing at my KitchenAid dough hook, and decided to find out how to make bread in the KitchenAid. A year in, and I can produce a fairly reliable white loaf. (And, once again, awesome, because the Kitchen Aid did the kneading, which I hate.)

Then came my birthday (two weeks ago, for those of you playing at home). For which I was given the book Flour Water Salt Yeast (Google is your friend) and the requisite supplies.

I am now MAKING BREAD BY HAND. Huzzah!

...and I am still not kneading. Because kneading sucks, and because my new book doesn't want me to knead anything. I am very thrilled about this.


My first loaf was made last Saturday, while my husband was available for kid watching. My current loaf is being made during the day, while he's at work, because I am a crazy person and enjoy making my life chaotic.

In a few hours, I will have either newly baked whole-wheat loaves baked to perfection in a dutch oven, or some hilarious photos.

Wish me luck!

Date: 2017-06-01 02:58 am (UTC)
tielan: (PacRim - Mako2)
From: [personal profile] tielan
Ooh, that sounds right up my alley!

I love reading about bread, and wheat and the other grains used to make it, and the whole process of kneading and gluten and rising and baking and...

Date: 2017-06-01 03:11 am (UTC)
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
From: [personal profile] tielan
Alas, it does not appear to be available through any of the local libraries... I shall ask around my foodie/gardening/permaculture groups...

Date: 2017-06-01 10:56 pm (UTC)
tielan: (Angel)
From: [personal profile] tielan
How'd the bread turn out? Curious minds wish to know!

Date: 2017-06-01 03:54 am (UTC)
vass: A sepia-toned line-drawing of a man in naval uniform dancing a hornpipe, his crotch prominent (Default)
From: [personal profile] vass
Yay bread! I love that feeling of vengeful satisfaction that comes from not having to go to the supermarket for something because you've made it yourself instead.

Date: 2017-06-02 05:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rahirah
I learned how to make bread from scratch as a kid from my mother. Mostly these days we use the bread machine, but if you ever have aggression to take out on something, kneading and punching down dough is an excellent way to do it.

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