One of the things I would really like to dedicate more time to is baking fresh bread for my family. I’ve got my eye on this Craftsy class: Artisan Bread Making, which is taught by award-winning author Peter Reinhart.
He teaches all the basics – what he calls ‘the baking triangle’ and details the importance of time, temperature, and ingredients and how they must balance for the perfect loaf of bread. This bread-making course covers 12 bread-making stages, including mixing, the instructor’s ‘stretch and fold’ method, fermenting, shaping, and baking.
The bread baking guru himself teaches 6 unique dough types and how to make the perfect baguette, focaccia, ciabatta, marbled rye, sandwich rolls, as well as a few sweet dessert breads. AND we get all the recipes to download with the course materials. I have made a few basic homemade breads before, but it would be so great to be able to have all these fantastic options!
I am putting this Bread Making class on my Christmas list, along with a couple of the instructor’s books that appear to be his most popular ones: Artisan Breads Every Day and The Bread Baker’s Apprentice.
Maybe I’ll get all three and be able to really master the art of making homemade bread! I doubt there’s a single tummy in this household that wouldn’t support me on that 🙂
If you close your eyes right now, I bet you can imagine the wonderful aroma of fresh bread baking in the oven. That mouthwatering scent filling the air – bringing children, husbands, and pets from the farthest corners of the house to linger in the kitchen until they’re allowed to indulge in the warm and crusty deliciousness of the oldest comfort food in the world.
To me, fresh-baked bread is home. It’s about taking care of family and spending time with those you love. It’s wholesome and comforting, nourishing, and delicious.
There’s just nothing quite like fresh-baked bread, wouldn’t you agree?