In a moment where gluten-free diets and health hacks are all the rage, I’ve been learning about and obsessing over baking… bread. Delicious, glutinous bread.
It all started last summer when we were visiting my grandparents in Muskoka. Or, more likely, it all started when cooking delicious meals—making something out of nothing—became a form of entertainment for Doug and I while we’re living on one income. Gotta get your kicks somewhere, right? Anyway, we’ve been really into taking on new projects, specifically baking projects—the more complex, the better. But, there were some things that I didn’t think we could tackle without the right tools, like a stand mixer. Bread was one of them.
When I mentioned this to my grandmother and my aunt, during our visit they were both surprised. Both have been baking all sorts of treasures for years and both make bread by hand–no stand mixer required!
Intrigued, when we got back to Calgary, I started researching hand-kneaded bread recipes and there were tons of results! The Kitchn in particular has a few posts providing new bread bakers with tips on how to knead, how to know when a loaf is cooked, how to braid a loaf and tons of other useful advice. They also have some great beginner recipes.
And so, after putting together a fantastic loaf of cinnamon raisin bread, I was hooked. Or, more likely, we were hooked. Doug loves the bread making process as much as I do. There is nothing more satisfying than creating a loaf of bread by hand. Just don’t tell the gluten-free clan.