It’s been a tough month for us and finances are tighter then they’ve ever been at our house. So, when the wife told me she was bored last night, we decided to do something we’ve been talking about doing for a good while now.
Being the wild and crazy people that we are, we decided……..
…………..to make some bread.
Yes, seriously….and, no, that’s not a euphemism for anything else. We decided to bake some bread and see how it would turn out.
I bought my wife a bread machine for our first Christmas (back when she had to be gluten-free due to allergies), but one of the pieces got lost….in a botched loaf, we’re assuming….so it doesn’t work anymore. Of course, you don’t need a machine to make bread.
So, after we decided we were going to try to eat healthier, we decided to cut back on the breads and pasta and, since we weren’t eating that much bread anymore, we figured that making our own and freezing it could not only be a cost saver, but could also ensure we knew just what was going into our bread in the first place. Have you ever read the label on a loaf of store bought bread??
The first thing we had to do was find a simple bread recipe. So, I went to my old pal Google and did a search for “simple bread recipe”. The third one down was a very simple recipe from a great site called “The Simple Homemaker“. Sounded legit to me.
It looked very simple and, best of all, used very few ingredients. It called for:
- 2 cups warm water, not hot or you will kill your yeasty friends
- 2 teaspoons yeast—a packet contains 2.25 teaspoons–close enough.
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 5-ish cups flour, all-purpose is fine unless you wish to alter it for health reasons
The instructions were clear and, best of all, laced with humor that gave us a chuckle as we read them.
After the wife checked to see if we had the ingredients (I was convinced we didn’t have yeast…but we did…though short, a bit, on flour), we went to work.
Neither one of us have much experience in bread making so it was…..interesting…to say the least. I made the mistake of not flouring my hands before starting to knead the dough, with sticky results. When we realized we were short on flour, we substituted a bit of corn starch into the mix, which I was convinced was going to be the death knell of the whole thing.
Now, the recipe calls for cutting the dough up and letting it rise separately….which we didn’t do. We left it in one lump and then cut it in half when we realized it was getting pretty big. Then, we remembered we didn’t have any bread pans, so we used a glass casserole dish sort of thing and a cookie sheet.
The whole time this thing was cooking, I was convinced (between the corn starch substitution and the haphazard rising of the dough), that it was going to be a bust
I was pleasantly surprised to be wrong.
We took it out and it not only smelled great, but tasted even better. We cut it up and I think I ate three slices then and there.
We bagged it up and put some in the freezer and the rest in the fridge. Now, I’ll admit, it might not look all that great (I’m blaming the corn starch!) but don’t let that fool you….it made up for it’s questionable looks with taste.
Something simple that tastes good….can’t beat that!
You know you’re old when someone asks how you spent your Saturday night, you tell them ‘by baking bread’, and you mean just that!
Until next time….