Thursday, October 25, 2012
Making bread at home becomes easy - just like everything else
One thing I have found is:
Everything is hard the first few times you do it. Then it becomes easy.
It was the same with getting used to using my breadmaker instead of just buying bread. Although it took only five minutes a day to throw the ingredients in the breadmaker, at first there was a real investment of energy as I got the right measuring cups and ingredients ready, and actually read enough of the manual to figure out how to operate the breadmaker. But that investment has paid off, since now I can't believe it took discipline to use a breadmaker at first (instead of buying bread).
After I got used to the routine of using a breadmaker, and in fact used it so often (and sometimes forgetting things like THE WATER), it broke after about a year. But I also at that time visited my family in North America, and my Dad showed me how to make no-knead bread - as they now make all their bread this way. Once more, it took awhile toget set up with all the things I needed, and to truly understand the process. Now making no-knead bread is easy. (And using the breadmaker - I've since gotten it fixed - is just like falling off a log...)
Don't get me wrong - regular bread is easy too - kneading is quite therapeutic. And I love whipping up pizza dough with my hands, when I am in the mood for it. But if you have to work too, as we usually too nowadays, and you still want to make bread at home, it's good to have an easy method so that you actually can realistically accomplish it.
Easy bread links on this blog:
How to make crusty white no-knead bread (artisan bread) in five minutes
How to make100% whole wheat no-knead bread (brown bread) in five minutes
How to make buns (bread rolls) easily at home using a breadmaker