Saturday, November 7, 2009

Back to basics.....

"If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens" Robert Browning

To say my family loves bread would be an understatement. My son will choose a good crusty piece of french bread over a cookie any day. I am the primary baker for our local coffee shop so our house is always teeming with muffins, scones, cookies and cakes. Prior to having children I regularly baked elaborate artisan breads. Sadly baking bread had slipped to the wayside......until last week. I have resurrected my long lost love of bread baking in an attempt to live even more frugally. While grocery shopping last week on a very short budget I decide to "swear-off" any pre-made baked goods. I have gone straight to the source and the results are astounding! Some easy recipes to start with are pizza dough, whole wheat tortillas and whole wheat pitas, these homemade "breads" will blow away their store bought counterparts. All of this baking has also afforded me with a wonderful opportunity to share the art of bread making with my children. Baking is a wonderful source for teaching living math we can cover fractions, percentages, volume, degrees, area, and time all in one loaf of bread. So please do yourself a favor and try some of these easy and delicious won't be disappointed!