Thursday, February 4, 2010

I am an addict!

But not the kind you think. I am addicted to homemade bread.  As most of you know I got  a Kitchen Aid Mixer for Christmas this year. I started out making my old favorites -chocolate chip cookies in it and they came out even better than usual, more light and airy. Then I started making meatloaf in it and now my kids are asking- did you make it in the mixer? again it is so much lighter and less dense then when I mix it by hand. But now I have moved on to making homemade white bread and my family loves it. I am making about 2 loaves a week and I have not had to buy bread in about a month. It does take a few hours to make, not working the whole time of course, but if you ask my family it is totally worth it. I just took my loaves out of the oven and here they are.

I got the recipe from Baking with Julia. It is a great cookbook and I have been eyeing a few other recipes including chocolate truffle tartlets and croissants.  I am not sure about the croissants yet as it may be a little above my skill level. If the pictures of the loaves above are not enough to tempt you I thought I would post my "lunch" today.  Yum- first a slice of bread.

Then a little butter

and finally a little homemade strawberry rhubarb jam we made last summer


put it all together and it is heaven on a plate

are you guys addicted to any foods? 


  1. Yum, yum, yum! I think I need to bake some bread tonight!

    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog today! I so appreciate it. Have a great weekend!

  2. Can I move to your house? That bread looks delicious!! It's amazing that the mixer makes such a difference. I have one...but it hasn't been used for years. Hmm...

  3. Thanks for the comments ladies! ALVN oh you have got to get that mixer out. I made another recipe from the cooking with julia cookbook last night (a berry gallete) like and open pie with a folded over edge. It was a little tart so after lunch today I made homemade whipped cream in the mixer and everyone loved it on top of the gallete. I call my mixer the gift that keeps on giving. Jamie, did you ever make bread?

  4. Oh wow. Yum! I adore fresh bread...too much. I would eat the whole loaf. And yes, I adore chocolate. Cannot live without it daily! Thanks for leaving me a sweet comment on my ice cream cone post :). So glad to hear that you and your kiddos had fun making the marshmallow peeps!