You see that? This is monumental. Monumental, I tell you! Right before your eyes is a loaf of bread… buttery crust outside and soft, fresh inside. Homemade, freshly baked bread. And get this … I made that! Really!! This has been quite the accomplishment for me. You see, I belong to that group of people who consider themselves “yeast challenged.” It’s a handicap that I’ve tried unsuccessfully to overcome. You may remember the great sourdough debacle. What a disaster! That project alone made me not ever want to make bread again.
Any time there’s yeast involved I have issues getting my dough to rise. I credit this not only to my own limitations but more so to the fact that I have a cold little house. It’s hard to find a nice warm place to stow my dough to allow that yeast to do its job. Often times, it’s even too cold to use the little trick of plopping it in the oven when it’s off with the oven light on.
Enter the illustrious Abby Dodge with this month’s #BakeTogether project! She has given me the confidence to once again revisit bread baking. Not only that, she provided me with the tools to have a successful run of it to boot! This bread was so ridiculously easy to make, it’s not even funny. I kid you not. I didn’t once get frustrated or think to myself, “I hate working with dough” as I so often do when working on this type of project.
I threw all the dry ingredients into the bowl of the mixer, drizzled in some very warm water and that was it. Really. IT. I put that bowl in my oven with the light on and cold house or not, the dough did exactly what Abby said it would. It doubled in size. Then I deflated it and it did exactly what it was supposed to do on the second rise too. I was amazed!
This buttery, simple bread was pure, addictive perfection and the ideal vessel to carry butter or jam to your mouth. In my case, this bread carried pasta sauce to my mouth. It was a wonderful complement to our chicken parm last night. I didn’t change a thing about Abby’s recipe given my past history of yeasted defeat, so you can find the recipe over on her site. Do give it a try. I assure you, you will be so glad you did. I know I was! This was so simple, I will definitely make it again in the future. I see an herb-y, cheesy version in the near future.
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