If you don’t deal with us on a regular basis, there’s something you probably don’t know….we’re carb-whores.
We have yet to meet a pasta or a potato that we didn’t like – but our biggest downfall without any shadow of a doubt – is bread.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a mass-produced sliced white, or a hearty mixed-grain roll from a bespoke back-alley bakery – we’re ready, willing and able to tuck in and scoff it down.
Of course with this whole bread-whore proclivity, comes the obvious problem of our waste-lines.
And no, we don’t mean waist-lines, ours have gone waaaaay past waist, and moved right on to waste!
There is a definite excess going on around the midriff, and an obvious ‘waste’.
Actually – to be honest – there really isn’t much of a midriff to speak of, any more…
Now whilst we can hear you collectively breathing a sigh of relief that the waste we’re discussing, doesn’t mean you’re going to be exposed to a rousingly raucous tale of our bowel habits, or our yet-to-be-installed septic system – we also happen to have it on very good authority, that many would be excited to hear about a septic system!
Actually – so would we, but that just ain’t gonna happen quite yet…
Anyways – back to the business of bread!
It’s been well over twenty years since bread was last made in our home, with one of the obvious reasons being, that we love it soooo bloody much we’d scoff the lot in an insanely short amount of time.
There are few things scrummier than hot freshly baked bread.
And the smell….ohhhhh the smell…. ~swooon~
And whilst it’s wonderfully cheap to make, and we love to eat food that we’ve grown or made or cooked – the other reason we haven’t done home-baked bread in over two decades, is that it’s really quite time consuming.
There’s the measuring, the mixing, then the kneading, then the rising, then re-kneading, then a second rise, and then finally the cooking.
The process is a good couple of hours if you want decent results.
But earlier this week – the drought was broken, and bread was baked.
And yes – ohhhh dear gawd it smelled divine!
And yep, it took hours, and yep – it got a bit munted and looked a bit worse for wear from getting a lil stuck in the tin.
And YEP – despite the fact that by the time it was finallllly ready we’d already eaten our evening meal, we scoffed a decent taste-test of that baby!!
We called it dessert 🙂
Hot bread, melted butter, strawberry jam….
C’mon – even if you’re gluten intolerant, or choosing a gluten or carb free meal plan – you’re wishing you’d been here for a piece!!
Thankfully – we managed to be very restrained – and only had a few chunks each.
But hot-damn it was gooood!!!
And this morning, it made the most delicious light crisp toast, and there’s even some left over for another round of toast for us.
Now – this of course begs the question to be asked: will we continue to make bread…?
Well, there are still those two big-ass negatives if you recall.
1: we’re carb-whores without willpower and
2: it takes bloody ages
BUT – with some fast-talking and super-intelligent rationalisations – we think we can probably come up with a big fat YES!
1: if we only have one slice each for dessert, then freeze the rest of it in 4slice lots for toast – we wouldn’t binge eat it.
and 2: if we invested in a bread-maker, it would be a dual investment of not only time-management, but also in financial gain, as it would easily pay for itself in less than 25 loaves.
AND – 3: because we’d freeze it, there wouldn’t be the wastage that we currently have with our shop bought bread, so we’d be saving even more money!
WIN WIN WIN!! :)))