The approaching autumn has definitely triggered something. I came home on Tuesday evening and immediately had the overwhelming urge to bake. It’s been a long while since I’ve made bread. It’s not hard, but it does take some time.
As soon as the weather gets cool, I have the urge to fire up the oven. And there really is nothing like having fresh baked bread in the house. And there’s nothing like making bread completely by hand rather than buying a loaf at the market or dumping the ingredients into a machine.
In kneading, you can really feel the dough changing. And you quckly learn (with your sense of touch) what dough feels like when it is ready. You’ll never convince me to spend money on a bread machine that will do all that for me. A machine can’t have fun for you.
And I love trying goofy things like having a pan of water in the oven and then plunging a hot cast iron frypan into it to generate steam which will harden the crust of the loaves in the first 5-8 minutes of baking.
Since I am watching calories, I can’t eat much of what I bake. That’s where family and friends come in. So, some of this will be going to work tomorrow.
And apple season is right around the corner, which means apple picking with the Seggelins and the inevitable apple pie.
Autumn is good. But right now the rain is coming down hard, and I need sleep.