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Loaves upon loaves

October 2, 2011

Normally I’m the kind of girl who likes a free-form, no-knead bread. I usually have the time to mix some yeast, flour, water and salt together and throw it in the oven.  Sometimes I’ll take a little more time and make braided Challah bread, but I never make anything resembling something you might find at the grocery on the shelf.

However, lately Regan and I have been on a peanut butter and jelly kick. It’s quick, portable and cheap. And it’s pretty comforting. But in our book PB&J can only be perfect if it’s on a standard slice of bread. So this weekend, now that I’ve recovered the use of my right arm after my pretty awesome bike accident two weeks ago, I decided to take a slow Sunday and make some real loaves of bread for our inevitable PB&J consumption this coming week.

I found this simple whole wheat bread recipe on allrecipes.com and it’s pretty much perfect.  Regan and I were quick to share a slice fresh out of the oven before running errands and when we came home the scent of fresh baked bread lingered in the air, making our house smell just like it should this time of year. Fresh baked bread and fall just go together.

We have two small, fresh loaves for the week ahead and the dough for two more waiting in the freezer. With the annual Film Festival approaching rapidly I feel like my life is spinning out of control, but this weekend I managed to reclaim a little sanity one loaf of bread at a time.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2011 9:49 pm

    Oh my! This looks so tasty – great pictures!

    • Claire permalink
      October 3, 2011 2:14 pm

      Thanks so much! I visited your blog and Flickr account and can say the same. So tasty and great pictures!

  2. maryannk permalink
    October 3, 2011 9:11 am

    How do you freeze bread dough? Doesn’t it kill the yeast? Maybe I should get Evey more interested in PB & J, too. 🙂

    • Claire permalink
      October 3, 2011 2:22 pm

      Per my research, if you let it rise once then punch it down you can freeze it. Then, like other frozen doughs, let thaw in the fridge and then rise on the counter as you would normally. We shall see how that goes 🙂

  3. October 3, 2011 10:58 am

    I’ve been making this recipe for the past couple of weeks to fulfill my family’s bread habits:

    http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/classic-sandwich-bread-recipe

    I sub-in one cup of whole wheat flour for white flour and its turned out pretty flawlessly each time.

    I make the sandwich bread on the weekend when I have the time to dedicate to the kneading and rising and such, and usually make a loaf of no-knead during the week to get us through.

    Thanks for the post, Claire!

    • Claire permalink
      October 3, 2011 2:24 pm

      Isn’t it nice to use your hands to provide for your family directly? I love it. I feel like actually accomplished something with my weekend. Thanks for the recipe! Can’t wait to try.

  4. Mauria permalink
    October 3, 2011 9:49 pm

    Really really really wishes I could have carbs right now 🙂 P.S. I have those same mixing bowls! 🙂

  5. Claire permalink
    October 5, 2011 7:35 pm

    Well, once you have your lovely baby girl I’ll fix you some carb-filled delights. 🙂

    Don’t you love the mixing bowls!? We got them for our wedding and they make me so happy every time I use them.

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