Only One Bun in the Oven at a Time

I’ve been reading sustainability blogs for a good year and a half.  I’ve adopted many tips which now seemlessly feel like part of our lives.  However, there’s been one rather romantic act I’ve yet to incorporate — making my own bread.

Now, I fancy myself to be quite the cook.  But I can’t for the life of me get past this mental block of making bread.  I even had J. (what I’ll be calling my husband on this blog) go out and buy a jar of yeast.  It’s sitting there … waiting for me.  Mocking me, really.

I think it’s that I’m more of a cook than a baker.  Even the desserts that I make are in the batter/cobbler variety where it’s about throwing a bunch of things in a bowl and then w/in an hour you have some instant gratification.

I’m so intimidated about making bread.  Even the “easy” recipes includes language like “and after 12 hours of rising.”  Who has time or patience for this?  Who can plan that far ahead?  And if I’m going to go through the effort of making bread, I’m going to want to eat it when it’s super fresh — so, timing with meals is pretty important.

My present thinking is that I may give it the ol’ college try while I’m on maternity leave where I can count on being home for many blocks of hours at a time.  Till then, we’ll just have to take a stroll to the bakery down the street — though their stuff doesn’t seem all that out of this world either.

And I hear bread machines are a waste of money and don’t make very good bread anyway — anyone have a different experience?

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1 Comment

  1. Gretchen said,

    November 21, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    My friend Laura swears by the NYTimes no knead bread recipe. My only hiccup with trying that is that you can’t make whole wheat. My mother had a bread machine and while she used it, it still took a long time and was pretty pricey for bread machine flour (don’t know if that’s a necessity, though?). I love baking and I haven’t tackled bread either…


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