Lets face it there is a reason that we go the local bakery…We love good tasting bread. However, we can bake our own great tasting homemade bread and at a fraction of the cost of what it costs at the local bakery.
Bread has been a staple of human existence since mankind first learned to make flour. Of course the first breads were unleavened flat breads and shared no resemblance to the breads we eat today, but still they were an important part of surviving. During the medieval times breads were mostly baked to sop up the soups that spilled or as food plates. Bread has come a long way over the last 2,000 years that is for sure.
The problem these days is that we can easily head down the local grocery store and get a cheap loaf ( and I do mean cheap…quality, price) of bread. The problem I see with many store bought breads is the amount of preservatives that are added and of course the lack of taste. Most store bought bread is….well….like eating tasteless cardboard.
My family likes homemade breads and for years we have made an effort to share time together making loaves of bread, homemade rolls, crescents and other types of breads for dinner. Many times we plan out our bread according to the meal we are making. For example when we make chili for dinner there is no better bread for us then Challah bread. Challah bread is a Jewish Hanukkah tradition. No I am not Jewish, but I came across this recipe years ago in an old cookbook of ours …Betty Crocker Challah Recipe.
The wife likes to theme her meals so of course every bread we choose seems to fit nicely with the meal we are having or will have for several days. She tends to pick breads that go with several meals and of course I won’t argue with her since she is a pretty good judge of what bread goes with what main dish. Hey plus what can I say…I like to eat the bread so she can go ahead and decide on whatever bread she wants to make.
Since our kids were little they have always liked to join in on the fun of making the bread. However, we only have one left at home, but now that our grandson is getting older he will soon be learning the art of baking bread…he is already learning to enjoy it that is for sure. Sure you can buy bread from Panera or some other bakery, but nothing beats the taste, smell and family time you can get out of making your own great tasting bread at home and best of all you will save money compared to the price of buying it at the local bakery.