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December 30, 2009


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melissa - a worthy resolution! which reminds me - its news years eve here so i should think about something. i tend to be like you - the year round try!

the bread looks fantastic! happy new year!!!


i think this is a WONDERFUL resolution! baking bread is not only the healthier choice but there's something so inherently beautiful and almost sacred in it. what a wonderful thing to do for your family!

plus i'm adding it to my 10 page long list of reasons to book another trip to mankato!

love you!


Mmmmmmmm, that bread looks delicious. We have made our own bread for the past seven years, although I must add that we use a breadmaker, so all the hard work is done for us! All we have to do is put the ingredients in and switch it on! We prefer using a granary (wholegrain) flour, and add lots of extra seeds - sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and poppy being the current favourites. They make a delicious, nutty loaf, but I'm guessing that might be too 'grown up' a taste for Lily! Good luck with your breadmaking! And happy new year too!


Check the recipes at the King Arthur flour website. There are enough bread recipes there to keep you busy most of the winter and then some! Have fun!


That's a fantastic resolution!

Have you tried making anything from the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day? The same authors also have another book of more healthy recipes. Basically, you make a really loose bread dough that lives in your fridge and you pull off pieces of it to cook up whenever you feel like it. So not only do you have homemade bread, but you also have freshly baked bread, which is so much better. (Although I do admit that I love kneading bread, so I have to make some traditional stuff occasionally.)

I've checked it out from the library and it's now on my wishlist.


what a great resolution! We have been buying a fantastic loaf of spelt bread each week at the farmer's market. I want to do some recipe testing and sleuthing to make a similar loaf...when I find one that works, I'll be sure to share (although it might not be a Lily type of bread...it's very dark and dense).

Also, you should check out the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day book. It's got some great recipes.


I agree about all of your soapbox reasons for wanting to bake your family's bread. That is on my list of long term resolutions for "someday." I've hit a creative pursuit switch from sewing to cooking this week, so bread-baking may happen sooner than I think.


You rock. I had that same rant recently, specifically about the cost of bread.

I try to make bread with our bread maker somewhat regularly, but find it hard to keep up, as the boys eat the home-made bread a lot faster! Plus in the machine it's only one loaf at a time... maybe I should try it the hand way....


What an awesome (and tasty!) resolution. I haven't made bread from scratch OR used my break maker in a long time, maybe I'll have to get back to it in 2010.


Melissa, I too have been making bread for a couple of years. Things that help, if you have a kitchen-aid mixer with a dough hook, it can save time and kneading. I also using rapid rise yeast saves time since the bread doesn't have to rise as long as some recipes call for. Another time saver is silicone bread pans, the bread cooks more evenly and no need to grease them.

Yesterday I even made bagels (proper New York ones and the hubby loved them).

Below is my favorite bread recipe that also makes three loaves...

* 3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 1 cup white sugar
* 2 tablespoons and 3/4 teaspoon (rapid rise) active dry yeast
* 2-1/4 teaspoons salt
* 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
* 9 cups bread flour

1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 15 minutes.
3. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in thirds. Shape into loaves, and place into three well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 15 minutes.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 minutes. (I start checking at 15 minutes, then it is usually done at 20 - 25 minutes.


Yum! That bread looks delicious!
There is nothing like melting butter on bread still warm from the oven. What a perfect resolution.


Hello there! I'm very impressed with all your bread making activity. I make all of our bread, but I have to admit to using ........ a breadmaker to do it!! I cheat, but there is still nothing as good as the smell of bread cooking. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL + LILY! Ros


It's a grand resolution! I try to bake our bread as much as I can but I find it goes in spurts...more in the winter but less in the summer when I'm already busy processing all the garden veggies and fruits.

My mom made almost all our bread and I continue to use 'her' recipe even now...it makes 4 loaves and if by chance that's too much at one time, it freezes beautifully. I'm making myself a note to email you the recipe sometime in the next few days...half white flour, half wheat so maybe Lilly will tolerate it? If not you could shift the ratio.

Good luck with all your goals and dreams for the new year!

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