Have you guys been watching The Big Bread Experiment? I’ve watched a couple of episodes and I’m smitten! It’s such a simple production, no big names or fancy sets, just ordinary people who get together to bake bread. I think it perfectly captures the charm and therapeutic aspect of baking bread, and of course the lovely sense of community and friendship between the bakers. I love it!
It was actually a catalyst to get me back to bread baking. In the last few months I’ve been cooking and baking a lot, just not bread. I’m pretty sure that a year ago I was baking all the bread we consumed, and I was loving it, so I want to get back into it. I’m bringing my sourdough starter back to life – it has been hibernating in the fridge for a while, but I’ve started with simple white loaf. I’ve forgotten how simple and wonderful it is to have freshly baked bread at home; I love it straight from the oven with a good slick of butter, for breakfast with some nice jam or marmalade, or toasted to accompany stews and soups. And really, it does not bear any similarity to the pre-sliced stuff at the store.
Let there be bread!