So apparently we make our own bread now. This started happening about a month ago. In the past, I've made naan bread, pizza dough and cinnamon buns and I believe there was an unsuccessful attempt to make buns many years ago, but the world of bread-making was mystical and beyond my wildest dreams (I'm one of the only people in the world who never owned a bread maker). In my mind, baking bread was equivalent to building my own computer or sewing myself a swimsuit. Sure, I suppose I could do those things with years of training, but do I really want to?
Then a friend posted a picture of her homemade bread on Instagram, along with the recipe link. I'd been watching Great Canadian Baker and I was hungry. Suddenly I had made bread.
It literally took only one hour from start to finish. Most of that hour was spent waiting for it to rise and then to bake. There was maybe five minutes of actual work to do. And the bread was good. So good. Too good. The recipe made two loaves and we ate it all while it was warm and fresh. The kids loved it so much that I showed them how to make it. We've made it several times since then; Spencer made it the other day almost completely on his own. I helped him start before I went out and he finished strong by himself. You'll notice that eliminating carbs was not one of my new years resolutions but I am trying to limit the bread production to once per week.
It's called One Hour French Bread and it lives up to its name. If I decide I'm hungry for fresh bread (and when am I not), in one hour I will be pulling it out of the oven. You can find the recipe here: http://fastandcheapandeasy.blogspot.ca/2013/04/1-hour-french-bread.html. I followed the recipe exactly.* If you don't have a KitchenAid or mixer of some kind, there will be slightly more manual labour involved. But it still shouldn't be too difficult.
I did not include photos of our expanding waistlines and jiggly thighs. Don't think about that when you're making this. Just enjoy all that white-flour goodness.
So that's my game-changing news. This opens up a world of possibilities that I didn't know I was capable of. I want to try making focaccia bread next. Let me know if you have a good (easy) recipe.
*Except for the time I forgot salt. I learned that salt is very important - it brings out the flavor and even changes the texture. The bread was still edible but not nearly as delicious. Don't forget the salt.