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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:14 AM

I love freshly baked bread in the Fall and Winter. Does anyone else?

I find that it's not much work at all to put the ingredients in my bread machine and let the dough rise there as it stays at the proper temperature. Then I take the raw dough out, shape it, and bake it in the oven (I like the shape of it better and the crust better when it bakes in the oven, just seems to turn out better that way.)

Is anyone else baking some homemade bread/biscuits etc. these days? It sure is a nice smell when the bread is baking!

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Reply I love freshly baked bread in the Fall and Winter. Does anyone else? (Original post)
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 OP
Arkansas Granny Dec 2012 #1
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #2
Viva_La_Revolution Dec 2012 #3
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #5
Glassunion Dec 2012 #4
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #6
cbayer Dec 2012 #7
applegrove Dec 2012 #8
LiberalLoner Dec 2012 #9
gkhouston Dec 2012 #10

Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:20 AM

1. Fresh baked bread is good anytime.

I'll be putting some cornbread in the oven in a little while to go with the pot of beans that's simmering on the stove right now. The season is right for these slow cooked comfort foods, but the temps have been so warm around here this fall that it just doesn't feel like the right time yet.

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Response to Arkansas Granny (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:26 AM

2. Oh that sounds delicious! Yeah, the warm temps are just weird. Global climate change :(

It's getting pretty scary. Sometimes I'm worried it's too late to prevent a big dieoff. I mean we still need to take action now but I think there has already been a lot of harm done and things might get pretty bad.

But for today we can enjoy our good bread and good food and be grateful for those things.

I have some cookbooks that highlight recipes from the south, and I find it so fascinating how different regions have emphasized different foods according to what was easily grown in that region and abundant. I find the Cajun tradition fascinating, with how ingenius they were with using local ingredients to transform the cuisine that came from Acadia with them, and it's fascinating how the melting pot in general has contributed to such a rich food culture here in the U.S.

I come from Montana and we are big on beef, potatoes and wheat up there. We can't hardly have a meal without at least one of those elements and a pretty good number of all the meals I ate growing up, had all three at once in them.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 11:41 AM

3. soaker on the counter and sponge is in the fridge

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Response to Viva_La_Revolution (Reply #3)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:03 PM

5. Oh that looks so good! I'm not that advanced yet in my bread making,

I'm keeping to super simple stuff for now. I might branch out one of these days though!

There's just something about bread that seems so basic and yet special all at the same time.

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 12:14 PM

4. I love fresh bread anytime of year

However, in the colder months it does smell better for some reason.

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Response to Glassunion (Reply #4)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:04 PM

6. :) It does, doesn't it?

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 01:42 PM

7. Love it and need to make some this week.

Thanks for the reminder!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 03:51 PM

8. I remember walking through Paris early morning. The smell of the bakeries

was just wonderful. Every street you went to had a bakery. It must be heaven to bake your own bread.

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Response to applegrove (Reply #8)

Wed Dec 5, 2012, 07:56 PM

9. There's a book out about how you can keep a batch of dough basically resting in your fridge and use

it as needed. Can't remember the name of it off hand but it's the super easy way to make good bread at home. Maybe someone will know what the book is?

Nice memory, Paris is so magical!

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Response to LiberalLoner (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 04:25 PM

10. I bake bread all the time, but the smell of it is particulary nice when it's chilly.

That said, I'd better go check to see if today is a baking day!

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