I Did It! Freshly Baked Bread.

sliced bread1

Before familiar readers wonder, "Hey, hasn't she shown home baked bread here before?", the answer is "Yes, yes I have". However, this time, it is I who baked the bread, as opposed to our resident baker, Nick.

This was my very first time making bread of any kind that used yeast, kneading and dough rising. I did it because I was challenged as part of Shakti Dove's "Blog Partner for the Month" Series. One of the things we decided to to together was bake some bread from scratch, following this beginner recipe. Shakti made hers with orange peel in it, which you can check out here.

The idea was to use the basic recipe and jazz it up somehow, so I turned mine into herbal twisted loaves, by using olive oil and adding 1/4 teaspoon each of dried oregano, basil, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder and cayenne pepper. I just mixed those in with the flour and when it came time to raise (rise?) the dough, I left it in the bowl covered by a wet tea towel. Then I shaped my loaves by rolling the dough into long strips and twisting them. Then I let them raise a bit longer for an extra 1/2 hour. Note, that I made 1/2 of the recipe and it yielded two foot-long loaves.

I'm so glad I tried this. It was fun and though I didn't have high expectations, it magically made some decent bread! I honestly thought there was some sort of trick to making your own bread, but it really is as easy as those who have tried it say it is. The reason I thought it would be hard to do was a story that has stuck in my head since I was young. It was about the bread making efforts of a friend and his family ... the loaf they made together turned out so hard that they couldn't even slice it, and the joke was that they used it as a doorstop instead!

But I am here telling you now that bread making really is not a hard thing to do at all. I think the key is that your yeast has to be fresh so that it rises properly. Check out the picture of what the yeast looks like ... it's shaped like little balls.

We actually got a bread making machine recently, but to prove that I followed the 'rules' of the challenge and made this bread all my myself, I have included photos of some of the process!


yeast water salt sugar oil

bread ready for oven

freshly baked herb bread

baked bread bottom

Also here are some photos of serving ideas, one being olive oil and balsamic vinegar with fresh rosemary and another being goat's cheese and hot pepper jelly. We still have some left and Nick is turning it into garlic bread to serve along with our pasta lunch today.

piece of homemade herb brea

oil and vinegar with rosema

rosemary in oil and vinegar

piece of bread in oil 2

bread chevre pepper jelly2

bread spead with chevre1

bread spread with chevre an

Thanks to Shakti for motivating me to try something I've never done before. Next time, I'm going to try making cinnamon rolls!

Happy Saturday to all!
xo loulou

ps. Anyone here looking for 'Saturday is Caturday', please come back tomorrow, to check out Eddie the Seat Stealer. In the meantime, here is what he was doing while I was taking the shots for this post ... Seems that I was stealing his sunbeam!

eddie photo bomb

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10 Responses to I Did It! Freshly Baked Bread.

  1. Krysten says:

    Mmm that looks so yummy!

  2. shakti says:

    Yours looks completely delicious! How funny is it that I didn’t use bread pans either!? I only have one pan and since I made the whole recipe there was no way it was going to fit.
    Your seems to have risen better than mine, even though I let mine rise for a full hour. I wonder if that has something to do with the orange?
    Anyways, thanks for doing this challenge with me! I’m glad you enjoyed it :)

    Also, when are you going to be showing off that collection of vintage German Christmas ornaments? I am DYING to see them!

  3. Mariette Gratton says:

    YUM, and YEAH Louise made it! Looks delicious! Memere G would be happy! She always made her bread, but my Mom did not. I guess because we had the town’s main store when I was little and she was too busy!

    • Loulou says:

      I was going to try to make those little buns that Memere used to make but thought I’d stick to something more basic for my first try. Those were so good! I think she must have added more sugar to the batter because I remember them being a bit sweet.

  4. Grace says:

    This looks delicious. I always thought making bread is so unbelievably hard, until recently, I realized it’s not. Making things from scratch is always the best too!

    A Southern Drawl

    • Loulou says:

      Hi Grace. Me too! I really thought it would be a hard thing to do, but it wasn’t. I’m so happy to have tried it myself! Now if only I could learn to make a decent pie-crust, which is another item of things on my “to do at least once in my lifetime” list!

  5. Shoko says:

    It looks incredible – I’m so impressed, not to mention inspired! Good for you!

  6. Laura says:

    Congratulations!! Bread seems so intimating to me. I tried a few times but it always turned out too hard. This is quite inspiring for me to make it again! And great serving idea!!

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