Nothing like fresh bread

Rosemary bread The other day I was inspired to pull our breadmaker out from hiding and rev it back up. I found a recipe for rosemary bread and threw all the ingredients into the machine. Three hours later I had the most delicious bread I’d tasted in quite a while. The small loaf lasted us three days (and I had cut pretty thick slices and kind of pigged out on it). Yesterday I decided to make another one and while I was putting the ingredients together I realized that in the time it took me to measure out everything and put it in my breadmaker, I could maybe have gotten the boys ready and in the car to go and get a loaf of bread. OK, now granted, I don’t usually run out just for bread, but my point is that it is really no trouble at all making my own. And I know what I’m putting into it. I’m not saying that I’ll never buy another loaf of bread at the grocery store again, but I do think that I’m going to try to bake my own whenever possible. For the little effort it takes, the result is way more rewarding.

2 Replies to “Nothing like fresh bread”

  1. Oh, fresh bread is the best thing in the universe. I found a technique to make the crust nice and chewy too… you put a shallow pan of water in the bottom of the oven while it bakes, which keeps steam/moisture in the oven. A friend who is married to a former professional baker told me that. It worked beautifully on the crusty rye bread I made a while back.

  2. I *loooove* rosemary and fresh bread, so I’m sure that I’d adore this. My FIL makes all of the family’s bread from scratch, in a bread maker. It’s *so* freaking delicious. I’d like to have a breadmaker, and I almost got to have my grandma’s old one, but it doesn’t work properly. I think that I should just try baking it myself, by hand. Time consuming, but awesome. I’ve been wanting to make homemade cinnamon rolls for the longest time.

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