I’ve suddenly got this bee in my bonnet that I need to make everything myself instead of buying it in a store. Okay, I guess it’s not that sudden. I’ve always had the idea, but I don’t always have the drive, the time, or the know-how to do it. My first order of business: learn how to make bread. Not banana bread or cranberry nut bread (both of which I actually thought were intimidating enough at first, but have turned out to be easy), but the real thing. Something we can soak up our soup with or make a sandwich. Since How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman has become our household go-to cook book, I started there. I made the olive oil and salt bread. It turned out delicious, and not too intimidating since it was not a yeast bread. So I moved on to the next recipe which is Jim Lahey’s No Work bread recipe…
I was very proud of myself when I finished the first step and took this picture:
I was so excited when I saw this the next morning:
It expanded! That’s a good sign, right? Eh, well…I knew something was wrong when I moved to the next step in the recipe. Take it out of the bowl and fold it a couple of times. It didn’t really fold. It was a blob. Shape it into a ball? Nope. Not going to happen. Yet I pressed on and pretended I could actually do what the book asked me to do.