While the bread rises, the kitties will sleep.

by practiceradicallove

Bread is just one of those things for us carb-loving people…you can’t beat a crispy crust, warm, mushy insides, slathered in butter or olive oil and balsamic vinegar…covered with jam…I could go on forever.  Anyway, I’ve been thinking about bread a lot lately.  My grandmother, when I was growing up, had this bread machine.  It was this hideous, white chunk of awkwardness, that she would tote all over the south in the back seat of her car whilst traveling to visit us grandkids.  It became her trademark, and let me tell you, even though I despised the sounds of that breadmaker, the outcome was nothing short of fantastic.  So, this morning, I decided to try my hand at baking my own bread…sans ugly plastic bread machine.  Since I have to work tonight, I used a recipe from Mark Bittman’s Food Matters book.  I found this recipe online.  While the recipe calls for allowing 12 hours for the bread to rise, I added more yeast, cutting the time back to 2 hours, before panning it.

After panning, I just let it rise for another hour, covered with a towel.  Meanwhile, many catnaps ensued…all except for me.  Hmmph.  Must be nice….

Finally, after 45ish minutes of baking, voila! Fresh bread! Yummm.