Monday, July 14, 2008

Why Bake Bread?

Why bake bread? is a question to which I've dedicated a surprising amount of intellectual effort. Although I've written mostly about simple yeasted pizza and English muffin doughs on this blog, I've been trying over the past few months to develop my bread-baking skills.

This has resulted both in plenty of deliciously warm bread and in plenty of hard-learned lessons about the ins and outs of making it (or attempting to do so). Making bread, though, is much more than success or failure in the yeast department, and, I feel so strongly that this is the case that I've written a short essay on my thoughts about the process.

Since this essay is a bit different (and much longer) than most posts on this blog, I will simply link to it here; please read it and comment on it if you have the time and are interested in what I have to say about the subject. Because I'm a true novice not only in bread-baking, but also in website creation and design, the site at which my essay is published is pretty basic. I've included photos on this page of a recent seeded loaf that I made. Enjoy!

Click here for my essay:
Why Bake Bread?


~Madeline~ said...

I love to bake my own bread but since I'm too chicken to really make it from scratch, I let the bread machine do the kneading for me. Then I shape it and throw it in the oven. Maybe one of these days I'll get over my nerves and truly make it from scratch. Yours looks delicious!

Dragon said...

I've just started my adventure in bread making. There is nothing the smell of fresh bread baking. It smells like home.

breadchick said...

Lovely sentiment to all the reasons those of us, the novice to the expert, take several hours a week and lose ourselves to the siren of yeast, salt, flour and water.

I'm emailing a link to all the rest of the Bread Baking Babes.

I'm looking forward to watching you grow as a bread baker and when you are ready to start a starter, give me a shout!