I made my first loaf of bread today. Granted, I've made banana bread and soda bread before, but I've never made bread with yeast in it. As with most things, I decided at the very last moment that I was going to make it, so of course I couldn't get ahold of my sister (aka the bread goddess) to ask where I could find a good recipe. I tooled around on the internet looking for a good starter-bread to make. I found this recipe and decided to give it a go.
Now, while I was at my sister's house for six weeks I saw her make bread several times. I saw it go from a ball of dough to a huge ball of dough. Today, my bread didn't rise. :( I read that the weather can change the outcome of the bread, so maybe because of the weather today it didn't come out right. I doubt it. My sister has told me that you need to make it several times to figure out how you like it and what you need to do to make it better. To tell you the truth it all seems a little labor-intensive and annoying. But I don't like paying at least $2 a loaf at the store when I can make it at home for a quarter of that price.
So here I go. On an adventure that begins and ends with bread. I'll let you know how the journey goes. :)
This is during the mixing process. I've seen/heard my sister count each turn of the bowl while mixing, maybe I should try that next time.