Cookin’: Easy Homemade Freaking Bread

In my dream blogger world, I would be a fan-freaking-tastic professional athlete that emanates a modest Chrissie Wellington/Kara Goucher vibe (but curses like a sailor), has the cooking prowess of the Pioneer Woman, and has the oh-so-chicness of Emily Shuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere. That’s totally doable, right?

Bahahahahahahahahahaha!

UntitledFaking the part and lookin’ all old-timey in my old-timey kitchen. 

But this weekend, I got close to one of those alter-egos by baking something that I can’t stop talking about, let alone eating. Wait for it, wait for it…

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I MADE HOMEMADE FREAKING BREAD!

Let me emphasize why this is a big deal: I didn’t grow up in a family that cooked. Instead, I have memories of 10 cent tacos at El Pollo Loco and getting the 5 for $5 Arby’s Roast Beef Sandwiches with my grandma (I would always be the one to eat the extra). The thought of eating bread out of anything than the bag it came in from the grocery store was the stuff of people who had too much time on their hands. My parents owned their own business and worked their asses off – homemade bread was not necessary (or imaginable).

As I got older, and more specifically, as I changed jobs that didn’t suck my life away with a horrendous commute, I’ve been playing in the kitchen. With the party we were hosting Saturday night, I took the leap, stood on my soapbox, smashed down my triton and declared, “I WILL MAKE MY OWN BREAD!”

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Inspired by the bread I saw on Hungry Runner Girl, I found the original recipe and concluded that this what not the work of over-achievers, just people who plan. This bread isn’t hard — it’s full of white bread-goodness, it uses the ingredients you likely already have in your pantry, but it takes time. Two hours to let it rise once, then another hour to rise after you’ve braided it.

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Long story short: you can totally make this bread and you’ll be glad you did. Just chunk out some time, waft in the homemade bread smell and continually peek through the oven mirror at your glorious creation.

Oh, and don’t forget, when people come over for dinner, pull out the baking sheet and proclaim, “I MADE MOTHER F-ING BREAD!” over and over again like I did.

It’s a magnificent moment.

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Or maybe it was all fault of this fresh raspberry mint cocktail.
One of the best I’ve had in a while.

 

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9 Responses to Cookin’: Easy Homemade Freaking Bread

  1. Jacqueline says:

    That cocktail was bomb dot com. Oh and so was the bread! Thankssss for letting us enjoy it Saturday!

  2. Sarah F says:

    yum! that’s more energy than i have although I too make bread. i use a cookbook called healthy bread in 5 minutes a day. you mix up enough for several loaves and store it in the fridge so you can pull it out to cook whenever you want essentially. check it out…… there is nothing on this planet like home made bread! shout it from the roof tops!

  3. J says:

    Awesome! I always try to make bread/dough on the weekends since I have the time to let the dough rise. Its a long process but so worth it! Looks yummy.

  4. Claire says:

    It’s so pretty!! I wonder how it would work with a GF flour mix maybe I’ll try it out :)

  5. Tamara says:

    That bread looks amazeballs!

  6. Kim says:

    Awesome! I need to make this :) When we were snowed in this weekend I ended up making homemade soft pretzels for the first time, my first real yeast experience! Very cool to mark another mark off your culinary to do list!

  7. Monika says:

    I love your blouse! Oh yes, the bread looks good too :)

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