There, I said it. And no, not with a bread machine. Its easy and the results are so so so good. I think that if I had to set one culinary mission, it would be get more people to give it a try. You don't need any special equipment and while the process itself is rather time consuming, the hands on time is minimal.
There are many great books and blogs dedicated to artisan bread making at home. Also, if you are in the area you can come bake with me anytime you want!
Ok, enough of this prattling on about bread making. The point is, its awesome! Especially on these cold, gross days. Nothing is better than slicing into a loaf of homemade bread right out of the oven. I have taken this to heart and have been baking bread weekly. My current favorite recipe is an adaptation of Susan's Farmhouse White from Farmgirl Fare. She has tons of wonderful recipes (and the cutest pictures ever from her farm in Missouri).
One thing that I have learned is that if you have a kitchen scale, use it. A lot of recipes come with measurements for grams, ounces, etc. and these are so much more accurate. Especially for bread!
Here are my changes (check her blog for the instructions). The measurements below are for one loaf. I just took the original recipe and divided all grams by three. Easy peasy.
Oat Bran - Molasses Bread
White Whole Wheat Flour - 189 grams
Yeast - 8 grams
Olive Oil - 10 grams
Honey - ~20 grams
Water - 300 grams
Bread Flour - 225 grams
Oat Bran - 50 grams
Salt - 7 grams
Molasses - ~10 grams
Click here for the entire recipe.
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