For one reason, bread can be made with just four ingredients:
Second of all, though a Kitchenaid with a dough hook removes much of the time and hands-on work, old-fashioned mixing and kneading is not challenging and produces the same result.
And finally, bread dough--at least the way I make it--is very forgiving. Years ago I came across the recipe I still use today, and which I have posted about before, here.
The reason I gave it a try was the relaxed nature to the instructions: "Let is rise for an hour or up to four hours...store the dough in the fridge for up to two weeks, and just pull off portions of the dough to bake as you please."
That's what pushed me to try homemade bread the first time, and since my (delicious) first French Boule, I've followed suggestions to adapt the dough to make:
- Whole wheat bread
- Garlic breadsticks
- Cinnamon-sugar knots
- Herb bread
- Pizza dough
- Focaccia bread
- Pretzel bites
- Homemade pasta (no yeast required, egg instead)
Check back tomorrow for the focaccia bread that was a hit in our house recently!