Friday, February 20, 2009
One of my favorite aspects of homemaking is having the time to bake homemade bread. To me, it is an old-fashioned and homey skill that produces something wonderful!
Learning to bake bread is an art and is one that takes time to learn. With the right recipes and experience, it becomes easy to create homemade bread that your whole family will love!
While I still buy a loaf of bread from the store on occasion, I aim to make most of our breads myself. The varieties that I make most frequently are Honey Wheat Bread, French Bread, and Wheat Rolls.
Since I'm learning the art of soaking grains, I've been using this recipe for whole grain bread and it is delicious!
Baking my own bread has proved to be a frugal choice most of the time as good loaves of bread cost a lot to buy! It can also be a more nutritious option especially if you grind your own grains.
Unlike pioneer women who kneaded their bread by hand, I enjoy using my Bosch mixer which was a wedding gift from my parents. I sometimes knead a small batch of bread by hand, though. Even though I have a mixer and learned to make bread that way, I still feel that it's important to know how to do it by hand in case I need to do it without my mixer someday. It has also enabled me to be able to teach other ladies how to bake bread when they don't have a mixer at home.
Baking bread gives the house such a yummy smell. This smell carries to outside our home to welcome my husband and guests with an enticing aroma.
And I don't think anything is as delicious as a slice of fresh warm bread slathered with butter.
Homemade bread--definitely one of the finer things in life!
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