"I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life;
to put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die, discover that I had not lived." ~Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Baking Bread

A goal of ours this year is to practice self reliance. We are so very far from our goal with food storage and water. In fact, we barely have much of either. But we want to start getting good at things that will help us be self reliant in the future. This spring we are putting in a garden and we're going to get good at actually growing stuff!

Also, I want to master the art of baking bread. We need to increase our wheat supply and get a grinder, but in the meantime I'm learning to make bread that is not only nutritious, but also tastes great! Making any yeast bread from scratch takes skill and I've gotten very frustrated with it in the past. Today I made two loaves and I am very proud to say that they are soooooo very yummy.

Hailey and I mixed up the dough while Ethan was in school. She had fun helping me measure flour and knead it. Then we let it rise for the first time while we went to pick big brother up. This is the finished product tonight. NOT for the carb counting psychos! There are three cups of flour in each loaf! I've also got sourdough starter fermenting and I'll try my hand at that in a few days.


Mandy said...

Um, YUM!! Anytime you want to practice bread making on me, let me know! :)

foxie4 said...

Sounds fun. Stockton will be attending the bday party!!
Thanx for the invite.

Audrey said...

Those are beautiful! That's sometimes the hardest part - making the loaves look right. My first set looked like the Hunchback of Notre Dame had made them in his likeness!

Jeanette said...

Yumm! Is the sourdough like the Amish Friendship bread? Where you let it ferment and then divide and give away...Bread and chocolate are my weaknesses.

Julie said...

Oh, just give it time, you will learn to love making bread. Then, move on to croissants!

If we have time this summer, we will be building ourselves an outside bread oven. Just imagine the smell, the space. I will be able to bake my pizza in it!

How are you doing? I have been thinking about you a lot lately. I took a month off after m/c and now, we will be ttc in a week or so. I was wondering where you were in your healing. Not that you can completely heal from losing a baby...