That’s what I’m feeling right now. Why? Because of this:

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I decided yesterday that I wanted to start baking all of our sandwich bread instead of buying it. While I have a bread machine, I don’t really like the shapes of the loaves it makes, and I hate the little hole the paddle leaves, so I decided that it would need to be baked by hand. It’s been years since I baked bread without a machine, but it turns out that it’s surprisingly like riding a bike.

White bread is always easier than whole wheat, so I decided to start with Susan’s Farmhouse White Sandwich Bread.

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I followed that recipe almost exactly, except that I used melted butter instead of canola. Also, I ended up only making 2 loaves, rather than the 3 in the recipe, because I held out 10 ounces of dough to use as “old dough” in another recipe later on.

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Even with 10 ounces taken out, it was too much dough for only 2 loaves, so they got pretty large! As a result, I think I could have baked them longer. I did add an extra 5 minutes, but they’re probably a smidge underbaked. Still, I bet they’ll taste wonderful.

Which I’m going to find out right now, when I go have a slice.


5 Responses

  1. Dear Kim,

    I, too, recently had an epiphany along the lines of “I will now bake all of our bread myself!” (My crappy bread-slicing skills notwithstanding, it’s just so much tastier and more satisfying. Whole wheat flour, ground flaxseed, etc. go into the dough according to how virtuous I am feeling.) Sometimes you just want delicious homemade bread.

    But, holy crap, mine doesn’t look as beautiful as yours! I wish I could reach through my monitor and tear off a piece! And the flour, sprinkled artistically on top… it is bee-yoo-tiful.

    I am bookmarking that recipe right now, for next time I make bread. If it comes out looking half as delectable as yours, it will be time well spent.



  2. That is beautiful bread. I used to bake all our bread when the children were little. I loved doing it by hand, so satisfying kind of the way knitting is satisfying.