January 6, 2010

Winter happiness :: the smell of homemade bread

Winter happiness :: the smell of homemade bread

This is what I did yesterday. Bake bread.

I just love everything in the process of baking bread. The bubbling of the yeast and the smell it releases, combining the ingredients and the stickiness at first, how all of a sudden the ingredients blend and turn into a smooth mass, the kneading, the silky feel of the dough, watching the dough rise, the final shaping, and best of all the scoring - the baker's signature - right before confiding it to the oven. And oh, that divine smell while baking...
I used to bake bread quite a lot, but since we moved to Paris, there's no real incentive for baking bread anymore with more than a dozen of bakeries within close walking distance.

Was it the winter cold, I'm not sure, but yesterday I felt a sudden urge to bake bread. And it turned out so good. Even with the crust a little burned...
This is what I call real comfort food - homemade bread with a bowl of steaming hot homemade soup...

4 comments:

K*and*Co said...

Je suis tout à fait d'accord avec toi.
Il n'y a rien de meilleur que le pain fait maison.

mon ami said...

I've been baking a lot of bread these days too (I've re-discovered my book: 'artisan bread in five minutes a day'). And of course soup is the perfect match for warm crusty bread.

Happy new year to you! I hope you are keeping warm and cozy
xo

cindy said...

it looks delicious and i admire your patience to take the step by step photos and to actually make bread. it must have been so nice to have a slice still warm. i love the one that looks like a belly button.

nicole/brussels said...

hmm wat ziet dat brood er lekkkkkkkker uit, en ben het met je eens; niets ruikt zo lekker als vers, zelfgebakken brood! en je brood ziet er zo mooi en smaakvol uit!

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