We have a friend that has been baking his own bread for as long as we’ve known him. We’ve always admired his baking skills and complimented him frequently on them. One day, several months ago, he showed-up on our doorstep with a bread machine that he’d found at a thrift store for $3.00. He makes all of his dough in the machine and finishes baking everything in the oven. What a fantastic idea! I went to the library and found a bread machine cookbook and we were off and running.
So far we’ve baked bread, made pizza dough, breadsticks, cinnamon rolls, calzones, croutons and a few other things. Not only is it a revolutionary idea to me to never run out of bread again, but the fact that I’m controlling what goes into my bread is awesome. No preservatives or chemicals and it tastes a lot better.
My son has been asking for these cinnamon rolls again and again.
These calzones were delicious. J was solely responsible for these bad boys.
I’ve been baking a standard white loaf of bread for school lunches and morning toast. It also makes a mean grilled cheese.
One thing I noticed is that the lack of preservatives means a home-baked loaf of bread has a very short shelf-life. I did some research and found a bread keeper that has adjustable humidity control for dry or humid climates. Ohio has both depending on the season and I needed a way to keep my bread as optimally fresh as possible. This Progressive International Adjustable Bread Keeper seems to be doing the trick and at $12.95, will quickly pay for itself.
So far, of all the bread machine cookbooks I’ve check-out at the library, The Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook by Jennie Shapter is my favorite.
There are a lot of fantastic recipes in this book and I think we may end-up buying a copy when I finally have to return it to the library. So far, we’ve really enjoyed our foray into all things bread related. Obviously we can’t keep up this pace of bread consumption or we’ll become a bit doughy ourselves. However, it’s still so much fun we just can’t seem to stop making more. I’m sure it will wear-off a bit after the initial excitement of creating our own bread products wanes.
So what about you? Do you bake your own bread? Any good recipes you’d like to share?