My superpower is that I can bake. What is yours? My joy today is that I am inviting you over to learn to how to bake bread. It is exciting – this is going to be great!
Did I tell you I am married to a baker? This is why I didn’t make it onto the Great British Bake-Off. They would say he coached me. It was my bid for fame.
I found an amazing blog yesterday called A Bread A day (An Year Long Adventure in Bread Making). The challenge was to make a different loaf every day for a year and this got me thinking. Our challenge will be to bake a loaf of bread every week for 52 weeks starting this week. This rule may not be hard and fast because we may decide we love fresh bread and want it more often! My part is that I will bake, photograph and post recipes and tips, some of which may well come from my baker-husband. I will also post tips on yeasts, flours, other ingredients, variations, shaping and techniques as well as the basics. In return from you is a promise to have a go, and tell me how you have got on. Soon you too will develop the superpower that is baking.
And super it is – simple fresh bread, without preservatives or additives, is extraordinary. In our busy, sometimes mundane, lives we need the extraordinary.
“If you have extraordinary bread and extraordinary butter; it’s hard to beat bread and butter”. Jacques Pepin
- Make a different bread recipe every week for 1 year.
- No special equipment
- No premixes.
What counts as bread?
Yeast breads – Baguettes, ciabatta, croissants, pizza, rye, pumpernickel, sourdough, brioche, bagels, barley, rice, sweet and savoury.
Quick breads – cornbread, tea breads, crepes, pancakes, pikelets, scones, muffins
Unleavened breads – matzo, crackers, flatbreads.
Each week I plan to have a theme and will post a recipe/ tutorial with pictures which I will link to my recipe roll and to the list on this page too. In no particular order these are the themes. Sometimes there might be a “Whatever I feel like making” theme. Please join me in this and as always if you want anything specific do let me know. It’s going to be great and I am hoping that my enthusiasm is infectious. (Also, if you decide you want to attend a cookery workshop/ have a few lessons please do ask as I am trying to earn a living. Hehehe – I scratch your back you scratch mine). Before we start take a quick peek at the basics here Bread Basics
French Bread Fougasse
Milk, Honey & Oat bread. Milk, Oat and Honey Bread- week 5
Middle Eastern Breads
German Bread – Onion Kuchen
English Muffins, Crumpets and Pikelets Pikelets – Week 11
Southern Corn Bread
Trail Mix Bread
Tea Bread Tea Bread – Week 1
Bread with herbs
Bread with fruit
Bread with Vegetables
Bread with Nuts
East Asian Breads (Japanese)
South West Asian Breads (India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan)
Vienoiserie (rich, laminated breads)
Potent or Unusual Bread
Bread with Spices
Sweet sourdough Chocolate Sourdough – Week 10
Rye Bread (Gluten-Free) Russian Rye Bread with Coriander – Week 7