July 6, 2010

I Made Bread!

Posted in Random, That's life tagged , , at 4:55 pm by askandimagine

It’s funny how some things in life you will never do unless you absolutely have to. Making bread is definitely one of those things for me. Especially living 2 minutes away from a grocery store; it is SOO much faster to buy rather than labor for a fresh loaf.

Nevertheless, I was blessed a couple of months ago with a bread machine. I had been told that I could save some money by just making my own bread. This is understandably so, as we (the two of us) go through about a loaf and a half each week.

So after having this bread machine stare at me for about a month (at times while I was even eating store bough bread), I finally decided to go ahead and try it.

First let me explain that it was a unique situation that led me to do this with such urgency and determination. While everyone loves a three day weekend, it not as fun when your waiting for a check to come in. Low and behold the usual happened: we ran out of bread…

“Nobody panic! We have flour, yeast, so all is not lost,” I thought. Long story short, after 3 hours and 40 minutes, some weird sounds, and uncertainty as to whether or not the bread would rise, a small loaf of fresh baked bread emerged! It definitely tasted different than usual, but it was fresh  and free of preservatives and God knows what else.

After tasting success, I’m thinking I might just have to keep the trend going. I bought some unbleached whole wheat flour – unbleached, since I’m planning on making this as healthy and as tasty as possible – and a 3 pack of QuickRise yeast. Who knows maybe one day I’ll be able to really make bread. After all, I did make chipates 2 days later, which do require kneading and using a rolling pin…My Kenyan friends would be proud 🙂

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