Hello Monday! For the month of November I am doing a new weekly post where I try something that sounds really hard and I’ll give it a difficulty rating. With the holidays approaching I think a lot of people become intimidated by “special occasion” foods and I want to encourage everyone to just give it a try!
I cook not because I want to be a professional chef, not because I want to write a cookbook one day, only because I like it. I think by making time in your life for the things you enjoy, you overall become a happier person and a better friend/partner/family member to those who mean the most in your life.
So, this holiday season, if you see something that interests you, whether it be a craft project or a recipe, just go for it! You may find out you have a real passion for something you never thought of before!
Week one: Baking homemade bread
I have made bread with my Grandma several times in my life when I was younger. Those days seem so long ago and, to be honest, my Grandma did all the work and I just sat on the stool in the kitchen. My Grandma is also one of those people who make everything seem really easy so I wasn’t kidding myself that this was going to be a cinch. Well, to my surprise, it actually turned out to be a cinch!
I know a lot of people have bread machines these days (I would like to have one myself but we have limited counter space, and if I got every kitchen gadget I ever wanted then I would have to let The Hubs get every power tool he ever wanted, then we’d be overflowing from our kitchen/garage) and I know they work very well. For someone who doesn’t not own a bread machine, I still want to enjoy fresh homemade bread. I found this simple sounding recipe online
The most intimidating part to me turned out to be how hot of water to use. I was scared of either not activating the yeast or killing it. I opted for the hottest tap water my faucet would produce and it worked great! Although the process was a long one (took about 3 hours), it was very simple and produced delicious fluffy loaves of bread! I couldn’t be happier.
Difficulty rating: Zero. This was easier than most dinners I make. The majority of the time the dough is sitting in a bowl rising. I will DEFINITELY make this again AND branch out into other types of breads
Minimal ingredients……couldn’t be simpler