We are now making all of the bread that we consume. This was a recent decision, spurred by our shared desire to one day grow, bake and create as much of our food as possible. It can seem like such a daunting thing, especially when there is so much other work to do. So instead of diving right in and getting completely overwhelmed, we decided to chip away at it one piece at a time. Our new home has blessed us with more garden space than we have had in previous years. The potatoes are planted, the seedlings in waiting and the seed packets lined up anxiously. Already there is a bounty of asparagus spears sticking up out of the ground and rhubarb coming out of our ears.
The first piece of our food plan was to learn how to bake bread and to completely eliminate all store bought bread from our shopping list. We looked up a few recipes, grabbed up a jumbo bag of flour and some yeast…and away we went. In hindsight, with only one loaf pan and one tiny wee little cookie sheet…we likely should have stocked up on some extra bakeware. And almost as if it heard us discuss this plan…the breadmachine that I got second hand…finally decided to call it quits.
The results so far have been great. The first Sunday we made a small loaf of rye and a large loaf of Oatmeal Wheat Bread. This Sunday we decided to go all the way with the rye and made a small free form loaf and one loaf in the bread pan. Check out my Pinterest “Bread” board for recipes and notes on the loafs we have tried so far and recipes we have lined up for our next Sunday Bread Adventures. I’m studying up now on sourdough and will share the results of our first starter soon.
Oh and the cookies next to the Rye Bread were a little extra treat I whipped together: Peanut Butter & Jam Drop Cookies!