baking bread

Baking-BreadBaking bread has never looked easier and I am eager to try it. Also NAEYC says that baking bread encourages many different kinds of learning in children so I want to practice so that I can bake with Emma one day.

To begin I am going to try a simple recipe for No-Knead Bread. I don’t actually have a pot or anything to bake it in so I have been researching that too. Of course I would love to invest in a Le Creuset piece because they are so beautiful and heirloom quality and all that but they are also sooo expensive. Probably purchase a Lodge cast iron or colored enamel dutch oven instead. The all black cast iron does not have a problem with the knobs, or so I have read, so the cheaper one seems to be the better choice. And dutch ovens are so handy for everything! Baking bread sounds so wonderful so I am gonna do it!

I have been so spoiled when it comes to buying artisanal bread in Berkeley. Do I get Acme fresh daily (pain de mie is my favorite) or buy a sliced loaf from nearby Bread Workshop?  We love their bread makers and so many of their items (french white batards, asiago rolls, aleppo pepper rounds, pretzles, baguettes!) but its just too draining to go in there (unless Luisa is there ^_^ ). Semifreddi’s has excellent challah and the cinnamon kind is off the hook but for everyday bread I am want something that makes a good egg-in-a-hole. I have been getting loaves of Metropolis Baking Company’s Polynesian Brand bread from the Country Cheese Co. and its pretty good for that purpose.

Not sure where my bread baking adventures will lead me. Hoping that I can slice my bread into good pieces. But then I realize I don’t have a good cutting board or bread knife. _ Anyone have any tips for bread making or the items that I will need? The internet has so many good recipes that I want to start baking right away! Love that internet.

artwork Baking Bread by Helen Mary Elizabeth Allingham, R.W.S.

2 thoughts on “baking bread

  1. I bought a breadmaker a couple years ago – I just wanted a simple way to make fresh gluten-free bread. Fresh bread is AMAZING. No matter the myriad of options you have… having your home smell of baking beats all of them.

    The Lodge cast iron is really good. I own several pieces. The Lodge enamel is nice also – for cooking at a higher heat than the knob is rated for, you just unscrew the knob with a standard philip’s head to remove it.

    Cooking with cast iron is awesome, but it takes a little different sort of attention to keep the cast iron seasoned – not any MORE work – just different work. Enamel is lovely also, but prone to chipping at the edges. I don’t own any nonstick cookware at all – just cast iron, stainless steel, and one enamel piece.

    1. Nicole, I was so happy to read your comments! Been thinking about getting a bread machine for the past few days and its so tempting! Just ordered an Lodge enamel dutch oven though so I will give it a try. I love my Logde cast iron pan and pretty much use it everyday. Excited to bake some bread!

      Glad to read that you can bake GF bread with your bread machine with ease. That sounds like a great set up! Thank you again for your feedback. ^_^

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