Monday, October 20, 2014

adventures in bread baking (part two)

one of my Fall goals is to explore the art of baking bread. Just me, in my kitchen, kneading dough with my own two hands (...and a very happy husband of course!) This is the second list of recipes I've tried for this project. You can read about the first here.

confession: I had a completely different post planned for today. But this weekend I went a little baking crazy and really couldn't wait to share about the bread I made. You guys. I am LOVING this project. (I do however promise this blog isn't about to turn into a baking least I think not...haha!)

so here's the next set of breads I've tried:

basic bread: rosemary & garlic baguette

recipe I used: this recipe from Always with Butter Blog

my thoughts: I was a bit intimidated by the idea of making a baguette, as I don't feel I've got the grasp on a basic loaf of bread yet. But when I made my list of quintessential basic bread recipes that I wanted to try, there was just no way to get around making one. So I picked a recipe and got to it. And it worked! Honestly, this was the first time in my entire experience of bread baking where I was completely shocked by what I saw when I opened the oven. We enjoyed this over the weekend with some oil & vinegar, cheese, and a salad and it was perfect. Baking this bread was sort of like that time I climbed to the top of a rock wall. I know, I's just a loaf of bread. But it's so empowering to do something you didn't think you could!

will I make this again: well, I've already made 2 baguettes so I'll probably have to wait awhile but I will absolutely be making this again!

non loaf: Flakey Goat Cheese Chive Biscuits

recipe I used: this recipe found through Pinterest

my thoughts: I wanted to include a good Buttermilk Biscuit in this experiment, but since I've made these often, I thought I would look for something a little more adventurous. This recipe fit that description perfectly. These were so delicious I barely had time to snap this photo before they were gone!

will I make this again: yes

sweet bread: banana bread

recipe I used: this recipe (with a few of my own tweaks)

For months, I have been on the hunt for the perfect Banana bread recipe. I like my banana bread pretty dry and Waldi likes his very banana-ish. So, naturally I've been looking for something to keep us both happy. And I think I've found it. I made this recipe (which I had tried before) with a few tweaks and it came out perfect! Note: this is an old photo of a previous time I made this recipe (without any changes) because, well...see above note... 

will I make this again: you betcha. 


  1. Wow, you really did a lot of baking! The baguette looks lovely, I will definitely try that recipe :)

    1. well, the banana bread was earlier in the week but the other two were from the weekend ;) If you try the recipe let me know what you think!