I can bake! More importantly, I can bake bread! I was a little worried — I haven’t made bread in ages, and it would be really embarrassing if I spent all this time making it . . . and then it didn’t rise, or it tasted bad, or it just looked really unappetizing.
But it turned out! I used this recipe, which I found online — I scoured through all of my recipe books, but I didn’t find anything I wanted to use. To be honest, I was a teensy bit intimidated by some of them. There was a baguette recipe in Baking Illustrated that I considered, but it had something to do with simmering water inside the oven, so I decided to save that for later (plus, I don’t think I have anything with which to measure the temperature of the water, which was necessary).
The recipe from the The Fresh Loaf seemed manageable, so I headed to the grocery store for bread flour and yeast, followed the recipe, and put it in the oven to bake. Within twenty minutes, the apartment smelled like freshly baked bread, and it was fabulous. It turned out yummy, and it has a nicely dark crust, so I’m calling it a success.
This means that I have food to bring to the GenderQueer Chicago potluck tomorrow! So exciting. I decided that bread would be good because A) it’s yummy and B) someone told me they were bringing cheese, and cheese and bread go well together. I’m also planning on making funfetti cupcakes because I saw the mix at Jewel, and I couldn’t resist. They’re cupcakes. I love cupcakes. And they’re cupcakes with rainbows. For GQC. Perfect. I also might make another loaf of bread — I found a really simple recipe that just called for flour, salt, yeast, and water, and I’m curious as to whether it will turn out. Plus, bread is just kinda fun to make.