My husband suggested I use my $225 stand mixer for something other than a dust catcher. I have to admit, he had a point. So, while I am a very good cook, I can't bake. it just never works. My best friend bought me Baking for Dummies for Christmas, so I figured this would be a good time to attempt something different, use my new-found knowledge and make my husband happier about the "damned mixer" I bought for no real good reason.
I watched Gram make bread every Tuesday when I was growing up, but I have just been completely terrified at the prospect of using yeast. Why? Who knows.
Well, yesterday I made bread. It wasn't real light and fluffy, and it didn't rise as much as it probably should have (I'll need to work on that) but it was good. And, in the end, those two loaves of bread cost me about $2.00 to make. No preservatives, either.
Next time I'll let the yeast bloom a little more before I add the rest of the ingredients, and I will let it rise a little longer, but I'm going to keep on trying to make the quality of bread that my Grandma made every Tuesday.