I’ve been working my way through Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything over the past couple of weeks and it has really been inspiring me to get in the kitchen and start whipping up delectables. I think I’m a pretty competent cook over all and I like to try making new things on a pretty regular basis, but one thing I’ve always been terrified to try is home made bread. The bread chapter of Bittman’s book has captivated me though. Every other time I’ve read about making bread I’ve ended up shutting the cookbook and thinking, “No way! Too hard. I’ll just run over to the grocery store for a loaf of Semifreddi’s.” But somehow, Bittman convinced me that bread is easy to make and yesterday I decided to give it a try.
I started with his basic french bread recipe, which he recommends making in the food processor. I feel fully capable of dumping ingredients in a food processor and pushing the buttons, and in fact it was as easy as that. The rising part is easy too and it turns out that the baking part is also pretty simple. Thirty minutes on a baking stone led to a soft, dense loaf with a crisp, brown crust. Yum!
It was easy! So easy that I’m attempting another, big loaf today. We’ll see how this one turns out.