Gorilla Girl played dress up, and danced with the Dancing T (also known as Chloe) and Snowy. She had time for lots of making, playing, and dressing while the bread was rising. That seems to be the consensus about bread — sure from start to finish, it takes some time, and depending on the type of bread, days even. But the actual elbow grease imparted while making bread is minimal, especially if you are moving into the honeymoon phase with your stand mixer. It can do no wrong — everything seems to go just as planned, there are no arguments, no disappointments.
See, perfection. The dough climbs up the hook, comes away cleanly, and goes without resistance into rise number one. All of this after playing nicely with the two tablespoons of butter added after 10 minutes of kneading. Dorie warned that the dough would separate, and it did, but I was counting on the mixer to bring it all back together — not a miracle, just doing its job.
Winter seems a perfect time for bread baking, and after the bread cooled and I had a slice, I was tempted to get rid of all store-bought bread in favor of making my own. I’ve already eradicated store-bought ice cream from the confines of my home (and digestive system), so why not complete the DIY cleanse?
This lovely bread can’t be overshadowed by the hula dancing girls on GG’s favorite plate. Gorilla Girl and JE loved the bread. GG slathered hers with butter and cinnamon sugar, while JE and I both used butter and blueberry jam. The bread made for a perfect lunch, and with a slab of cheddar, it seems there is nothing better.
This perfect loaf from Dorie’s Baking with Julia might just be the thing to convince me to make my own bread every day.