Beard on Bread

What a great smile this man has!  I found this awesome bread book, Beard on bread, at the library and gave one of the recipes a whirl to go with our supper last night.

First of let me tell you what a joy it is to have a few moments at the library to check out any book I wish.  When at the library with Miles it’s always…an adventure lets say.  I basically grab any book off the shelf that I can shove quickly into our bag and pray that he doesnt go berserk or Rowan doesn’t lose it (or both!) while we check out.  But, needless to say, my every other Tuesday night book/knitting club has yet another perk; choosing my own book thoughtfully!

Beard on Bread is definitly a complete bread baking book with out all the confusion of complicated steps.  He sort of leaves you guessing.  No thermometers to see if bread is done, no times for rising, just trial and error.  Plain and simple.  And as frustrating for the by the book direction follower (not me) he is right, that is the best way I have learned to make bread.  This is certainly not the case with say… knitting but I seem to follow suit for this activity as well.

For instance, I will be using less flour next time,  I will bake it for about five minutes less I believe, and instead of the tablespoon and a half of course salt it calls for, I think I will just use the half.  But, other than that it was quite delicious.  The best part of bread making is the smell anyways.  I hope when my boys smell fresh bread baking they think of their childhood.  I often remember a loaf of bread on our radiator rising during the winter months and it always brings a smile to my face.  Ahhh…it’s getting cold and it felt good to have the oven working hard yesterday.  So long as the the weather is cold and the sky is grey I will continue baking the bread.  That is for sure.  It’s my favorite cold weather hobby, hands down.  Miles too:)  He is becoming quite the cook.  When he not busy caring for his little one of course.

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