It’s my year. I say that every year, and I believe it every year. This year is no exception. 2013, it’s going to be my year. I have a lot of goals and resolutions for the upcoming year – including but not limited to: getting up earlier in the morning, going to church once a week, eating more tacos and learning to bake bread. I am most excited about the last two.
Baking bread appeals to me for a lot of reasons. One, I love bread. It’s one of my favorite things. When a waiter offers to bring more bread, I always say yes. I have a serious bread weakness and I will not apologize for it. Two, I like the organization of baking. I like to do things in an orderly way, and I like to line up all my ingredients, measure them carefully and set timers. I find it comforting. Three, I admit that baking bread at home kind of makes me feel like I am living one of the Little House on the Prairie or American Girl books that I loved so much when I was younger. There were always scenes of women spending entire days baking bread for their families, and I loved it. Four, my boyfriend Evan is already a fantastic cook. I like cooking, but he really loves it. So we didn’t need another enthusiastic cook in the house. We need a baker! Specialization within the household, people. Finally, I need a hobby, and learning how to make one of my favorite things at home seemed like a good idea.
Evan was supportive of the idea, and bought me this book for Christmas.
It’s awesome. It has a great variety of recipes, as well as a chapter on the very basics – it talks about different kinds of flours and yeasts and the process of baking bread in general. Not to mention there are a lot of appealing and helpful photos, which is good for me! Most of the bread I make will be from this book, it’s my starting place.
I’m aiming for one loaf of bread a week, and one blog post about the wild success of that bread each week. 2013: The Year I Bake Bread.