Monday, July 15, 2013

Yep. It's official. I'm a bread maker... And you can be too!!



See that?  That perfect loaf of bread up there came out of my oven.  What?!!! I know I'm not the first to blog about the bread making revolution that is "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day" , I think I first pinned the recipe last fall, but I was a skeptic and then a few weeks ago I saw Alexis Instagram of one of her loaves and decided it was high time for me to give it a go.  OMGoooodness!!!  It's one of those life changing recipes.  Ok, maybe I'm exaggerating a little, but there is something so wonderful and rewarding about making your own bread.  I sat on the floor in front of my oven, wearing my flour dusted PJs, watching that first loaf rise.  Like magic!  And don't even get me started on how the entire house smells when a loaf is baking.  Heavenly. And cutting into that first warm slice with the perfect crust and chewy center, slathering it in butter, I'm obsessed!    I got the recipe from here but I highly recommend buying the cookbook too (and a pizza peel, pizza stone, and non-airtight storage container while you are at it, if you don't already own them.  Better equipment = better results, especially in cooking!!) because there is a lot more information and bread varieties. (my only recipe note: I get 3 loaves out of the master recipe instead of 4.  I like them a smidgen bigger.)

  




This loaf was baked to take to my parents for lunch.  It was the 6th loaf we've baked using this recipe and the first one we let cool completely before cutting into it! Ha!  Before we headed to their home, we stopped at a local farm to pick up some fresh tomatoes (mine aren't quite ready for picking yet!!)  Sun ripened tomato sandwiches, is there anything better?



Turner Farm is a wonderful working farm.  The crunch of gravel under your tires as you drive up the tree covered lane (I will have a gravel driveway one day!)... The white painted barns... the roaming chickens ... the crazy pigs, open pastures and fields of vegetables and fruit.  They have a small produce shed where you help yourself and pay based on a honor system.  There is a small cash box by the door and a large chalk board showing the current prices.  I've only bought veggies there, but they have fresh eggs, meat, and poultry too.
















With the makings of a perfect lunch and growling bellies we were off.  Homemade bread, butter, smoked salmon and tomatoes still warm from the sun.  Simple pleasures.

11 comments :

  1. Congratulations on your bread-making experience! Your loaves are beautiful. I can just imagine the aroma! I don't make my own bread because it seems so tricky and time-consuming, but your post has convinced me I should give it a try. I love tomato sandwiches. I add some homemade basil pesto to mine. Delicious!

    Don't you just love those honor system farm stands? We picked two gallons of blueberries last evening at such a place. $10 per gallon self-pick, $15 pre-picked. The bushes were loaded with berries. Such fun! A summer tradition.
    Claudia

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  2. This has become my favorite bread recipe too! Who knew it could be so simple and so good. I get 3 loaves per batch too.

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  3. We love this bread and are blown away by how good it is and how easy it is to make. Who knew?

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  4. That bread looks store bought! I'll be giving this a try especially after your description of warm bread and butter right out of the oven.

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  5. You've totally inspired me! I have an obsession with bread and this looks amazing!

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  6. You've totally inspired me! I'm a bit obsessed with bread and this looks amazing!!!

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  7. Every time I see something you've baked, I want to be RIGHT there in your cozy kitchen! And for that moment, I want to pretend I'm not gluten free so I can taste all the goodness. Beautiful, my friend! xo!

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  8. OK, seriously your loaves are so gorgeous! and the sandwich looks heavenly. I have this book and have yet to try any of he recipes. shame. Thanks for the inspiration :)

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  9. This looks amazing!!!!!!!!!! I must try this! That sandwich looks so delish! Yum! Hope you are having a great week! xo, Ashley

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  10. this looks so amazing! yum! i have to try this! that sandwich looks so delish too! hope you are having a nice week! xo, ashley

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  11. That loaf of bread looks beautiful and delicious!!! I've been wondering about this book, have even checked it out from the library but didn't try out any recipes. Thanks for the recommendation. I'll definitely give it a try! xo Kat

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