It was hard not to post on Saturday to say "YIPPEE!! I have the night off and I don't have to post!!"
But then that would have defeated the whole purpose, eh?
So, instead, I will talk about the fact that *I* made *bread* this weekend. And when I say *I*, I mean me solo without a bread machine and when I say *bread*, I mean a breadish substance that was actually edible. (Biscuits=hockey pucks around here)
I even attempted this feat due to the Observer's claim (via the NY Times) that this is the easiest bread in the world to make. Indeed, it was so easy, Conor could have made it.
3 cups of water at 100 F degrees
1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
Mix that together
Add 6 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
Mix until there are no dry spots in the flour
Let sit covered with a cloth for at least 2 hours and up to 5
Cut off one-fourth of the dough (grapefruit sized)
Spread some flour on it so you can pick it up and it won't get stuck to your fingers (figured that out on the second loaf)
Stretch it and shape it into an oval
Let sit for 40 minutes and then put it in a greased loaf pan.
Cook for 30 minutes in a 450 degree oven (let the oven heat for 5 minutes at 450)
Cool completely and you have bread.
It is the best bread I've ever made by hand. It's the only edible bread I've made my entire life!! I am not a baker, but I baked bread. I'm pretty psyched. I might even ask Santa for the book which apparently has several of these sorts of bread recipes.
Seriously. With something that easy, how can you NOT bake your own bread?