Fresh bread. There is nothing quite like that smell. Or taste.
I remember the first time I really tried to make bread from scratch. I got together with a friend of mine and I believe we had some success…in brick making maybe. I think if we had dropped one of our loaves we could have put a hole in the floor.
Another time someone gave me starter for that delicious sweet Amish friendship bread. You know the really high maintenance one that has to be fed every day and can’t be in a metal bowl and can only be stirred with a wooden spoon while you stand on one foot and recite the alphabet backwards in Latin? At least that’s how it felt to me before the container it was in exploded all over everything.
Since that fiasco I have pretty much limited myself to nothing more than eating homemade bread.
But several months ago a kind bread making friend not only gifted me with one of her loaves of sourdough but also some of her starter. I will admit that I was leery of the gift but I am happy to say that I have not killed the starter nor have I made any bricks to form a new patio or pathway. I have however consistently found success with this very forgiving and easy to use sourdough starter.
Today’s picture comes from my very first attempt at making a pretty artisan type bread. It looked really pretty and the taste was good too. I’m still not sure I would call myself a bread maker but I am feeling a little less like a total novice these days.
I really wasn’t sure if I had ruined this because I actually flattened it our with a rolling pin before adding the seasoning I wanted and braiding it.
Obviously my artisan skills still need a bit of work but when your trial and errors taste this good, does anyone really mind?
Oh, you know what? I need to try this out on the brown sugar and cinnamon loaf next time!