My love of bread is a big nonsurprise. Okay, a huge nonsurprise. The simple fact of the matter is that I love bread. What I have discovered over the past year, though, is that as much as I love eating it, I think it’s the process that I love the most. Which is a good thing since I need to restrict my carbs.
At first, I bought low-carb bread. It didn’t suck, but there wasn’t anything special about it. And it was expensive. Well, compared to how much my homemade bread cost to make. But most important, I missed making bread. So I looked at the ingredients. Of course, there were more than what is in the basic “Enabling’s Bread.” And then it hit me. Okay, I can be a bit slow at times. The primary reason it is low carb is because they are sliced thinner. Well, sheez. I can do that. So I stopped buying it and started making my own again.
This has worked for me and my dietary needs. I don’t know if the same decision will work for you. But that’s not what this blog post is about.
I want you to make bread. I know I’ve said this before. Probably lots of times. But I really want you to try at least once. But first I wonder, Why don’t more people bake bread?
The most common answer is, “I don’t have time.” Okay, I get that. The bread I’ve got rising now takes between 12 and 24 hours from start to finish. And I know breads that take longer. But the truth? Hands-on time is oh, maybe 20 minutes. That includes pulling all the ingredients together.
And then there’s the, “But it’s so complicated.” Well, I can understand that it might seem daunting at first. At least when you look at some of the recipes. But it can be as complex or as simple as you like. Seriously.
So why should you make your own bread? That’s a sensible question, especially since you can pick up a loaf at the grocery store or even some gas stations. I make it because I find it quite therapeutic–even when I don’t have to knead. But then, I’m a process kind of person. Plus, I know how fresh it is without having to decipher a code.
For me, one of the main reasons is because I know what’s in it. There are only four ingredients needed to make bread: flour, water, salt, and yeast. And you have options for those things. There are myriad flours, and I don’t always use water. As for yeast, you can choose commercial or wild. Each have their place in bread making. You can add eggs and fats, if you want, and make an enriched bread, but that decision is up to you.
Over the next few posts, I’m going to focus on flours. Some may be surprised to know there are flours beyond whole wheat, bread, and all-purpose. Flour choice can take your bread from the ordinary to something new. If you’re lucky, you have many choices available on your store shelves. If you’re not, like me, you can take advantage of mail order. I’m a big fan of Breadtopia. I’ve never been disappointed in their products (flours and other supplies), and the videos are very helpful. And, of course, King Arthur Flour also has mail order. Yep, I’ve taken advantage of that, too. (Actually, I even took a day trip to visit and picked up some supplies not long after moving here.)
I hope you’ll follow the next posts as we take a look at flours. Even more, I hope you’ll decide to make your own.© Copyright 2017 Ida Walker, All rights Reserved. Written For: The Enabling Cook