OH that smell, nothing can beat the smell of fresh baked anything! Bread is one of those things that is especially pungent and amazing when it hits your nose. I love baking bread now, when I first started I have to admit I was scared and intimidated. Lets be honest there is a chemistry and an order to the way bread is made. If you don't do it just right it won't turn out just right. Not much wiggle room. Once I told myself 'you can do this' I found out it actually is super easy, fun and cheap! I make about a loaf a bread a week mainly for my children because I eat very little gluten and we all know my husband can not touch the stuff. Seriously though, baking bread is like riding a bike, once you got it you got it. The two biggest reasons I make bread though is one, I know exactly what is going in it! Side note, back in Oregon I used to buy bread from a 100% organic bakery. They had delicious stuff and it was organic what more could you ask for? Well one day I decided to actually read the ingredient list and everything sounded great until the last item on the list, canola oil. They were using organic canola oil specifically for a preservative. Understandable, they need a preservative for shelf life since they weren't refrigerating their bread but, canola oil is so bad for you!!!! Here I thought I was buying something so healthy only to be serving my family something not so great. So yeah making your own bread is great because you get to put whatever you want in there, healthy or not. Second reason I am making bread for my family, it is CHEAP! A loaf cost under a dollar to produce, depending on the ingredients of course. So that is why I love making bread. I hope you start making bread for your family you will find it to be most fulfilling.
Go make your own amazing bread and eat it!!!
2 teaspoons of yeast
1 1/4 cups of warm to hot tap water
1 tablespoon of maple syrup
3 cups of flour
1-2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 cup of olive oil