Meet Isabella. She’s delicious, and the product of a lazy Sunday morning in pajamas with an ever-emptying cup of coffee in hand. The best kinds of mornings in my opinion.
Confused? Probably. To explain, my boyfriend Jordan and I name all of the bread we make (in order A-Z). It’s weird, but it’s a way to keep track of all of them & gives us an excuse to keep making bread. I mean we really don’t need an excuse.. but whatever. Today we’re gonna talk through some of the tricks I’ve learned thus far in my bread-making journey. I really had no idea how straight-forward bread-making is until I watched Jordan make a loaf one Friday night. We use my KitchenAid Mixer with the dough attachment, but obviously you can make it without one. In fact, this recipe from the New York Times doesn’t even require kneading!
- Use a yeast starter. You guys. Yeast starters make SUCH a difference in your bread. SUCH A DIFFERENCE. Here’s a great recipe/explanation of how to make one. Just make one. Trust me.
- Use agave as your sugar. In order for your yeast to activate, you need to give it a sugar to bond to. This is a personal preference, but my favorite kind of sugar to use is this organic agave because it just gives a really nice substance/texture to the bread. Using a natural form of sugar for your yeast will make your bread so much better.
- Less is more. Honestly the most surprising part of making bread is how easy it really is. You don’t need a ton of ingredients to make a good loaf. The base is basically just yeast, flour, a bit of salt, a fat, and then you can add any additional topping you would like into the mix! Almonds, pecans, dried cranberries, etc. SO SIMPLE.
- Every loaf is a guessing game. There is no single correct recipe for bread! The funnest part of it is that you get to play around with basically every step of the process. The flour: whole wheat flour, white flour, almond flour, etc. The fats: Butter, olive oil, coconut oil, etc. The extras: almonds, pecans, dried cranberries, dried apricots, etc. Figure out which combinations you like best, and stick with them. I personally loooooove using whole wheat flour & coconut oil & almonds. So good.
Have you made bread before? Any key tips you’d like to share? Lemme know ;)