The International Union of Bakers and Bakers-Confectioners (UIB) declared the 16th of October as World Bread Day. In honour of World Bread Day, Kochtopf has invited all bloggers (and non-bloggers too) to bake bread and blog about it and share it with everyone. A round up of breads from all over the world will be posted on the 17th.
The smell of bread baking alone should be enough to convince you to bake bread, but if you need another reason, why not World Bread Day? I consider both to be excellent reasons, so I whipped up a Buttermilk Honey Wheat bread with a recipe from allrecipes.com. Apparently my bread was pretty excited that he was going to be participating in World Bread Day, as it appears as though his top exploded. I will just call him an “artisan” loaf. Those crazy artists will make anything.
The recipe calls is for a bread machine, but I’ve recently relocated my bread machine to the basement and have taken to baking bread in the oven. Instead of looking for another recipe, I looked to a fellow blogger for help, Baking and Books has written a modified version of this bread for those of us who refuse to use the machine. It’s not that I have anything against the bread machine… if it means you’re not buying Wonderbread. That’s unfair of me. When I first got my bread machine I used it all the time, I was constantly chucking in some ingredients and then letting the machine do its thing. I thought it was great. But after a while I made less and less bread. Something was wrong. I started to resent the bread that I did make. I no longer had the satisfaction of kneading the dough, which is really the best part of bread making, (next to the heavenly smell that comes from the oven). The bread machine also had a habit of producing ugly bread. The top was all craggy, the bottom had a hole in it and it was always the same boring square shape. There was no mushroom effect from a loaf that’s bursting out of its pan, no freeform artisan style breads, no diversity! Every loaf looked the same, and every loaf looked ugly. Not only that, but the bread machine took up too much space on my counter, precious space that I could be using for other more important appliances. So one day, when no one was home, I unplugged the bread machine, quietly took him downstairs and laid him to rest among some old ski boots, a car seat and a roasting pan. It was 3 weeks before anyone even noticed he was missing and I’ve been producing happier, prettier bread ever since. And it’s not hard either, so get in your kitchen and make some bread!
Happy Bread Day!
Food + Bread + Blogging Event + World Bread Day ‘06