No, I don’t bake every day. Yes, we do eat my home-baked bread every day. It’s delicious!
For the past 27 years I have made all our own bread. The ‘recipe’ has evolved over the years. Just over two years ago I made my own sourdough starter (I’d tried it before and failed miserably), and I’ve managed to keep it going ever since.
I was planning to write up the recipe, but when I started to do it I realised that I have no idea how much flour I use. So I’ll have to check it out another time and then I can write it up.
I bake 4 large loaves (or equivalent in rolls) at a time, and freeze all but one loaf. That means I don’t use the oven more than necessary. When the boys were at home I baked several times a week. Now it’s more like once a week, with maybe an extra batch for something different or if we have visitors.
There are some rituals I enjoy around baking my bread – the beaded cover I used for two decades while the dough was rising; the vintage tea towel I use now that the beaded cover has disintegrated from years of use and washing. The large old-fashioned bowl I use to mix the dough in. The old (1960s?) Tupperware jug I inherited when we cleared out my mother-in-law’s flat after her stroke – now used to house my sourdough starter.
And then of course there’s the wonderful smell of fresh bread baking, and that first slice of newly baked bread.
With butter, and homemade jam. Heavenly!
How do you like your bread?