This week something very rare happened: we ran out of sandwich bread. I know, I know, this sounds unbelievable coming from a bread-a-holic. I’ve been busy working on my latest A&E story for the Weekly, and I needed a fairly easy homemade white bread recipe that not only tasted better than store-bought bread, but could be made with my KitchenAid stand mixer with very little hands-on time. I adapted this recipe from Fun Cheap or Free:
This past spring, I took a trip to Napa Valley and experienced the most incredible English muffins from a local bakery in the area. I’m serious about my bread. This English muffin made all other English muffins look silly. The outside was slightly crisp and the inside was fluffy and full of nooks and crannies. It’s all about that texture. If you know me, you know that I love any bread full of nooks and crannies.
Nooks and crannies = little pockets to hold butter!
When I got home, I was inspired to re-create my English muffin experience at home using the same recipe as my no-knead herb slab ciabatta, sans the herbs.
This recipe is just as easy as the ciabatta recipe…and there’s no need to even turn on your oven! I’ll show you how to make your own English muffins, full of nooks and crannies…
Part of being a food blogger and writer is admitting when something went wrong. Today, I ate my last slice of last week’s 90 Minute Whole Wheat Bread. I am definitely on a whole wheat bread kick, and I knew I wanted to bake more.
I decided to modify the recipe for this week’s batch: no seeds, and no oats. I just wanted some sweet honey wheat bread. I will be seeing a lot of people this week, and I don’t want a smile full of flax and sunflower seeds.
This is not a health food blog. I love butter. I also love chocolate, as proven by yesterday’s post on how to create easy no-bake chocolate peanut butter candy. But to me, breakfast feels like a new beginning. It feels like the meal that will either send me into the day feeling energized and awake, grumpy and hungry, or heavy and sleepy. For me to feel good about a breakfast, I know it needs to have enough calories to make me feel full, have enough flavor for me to feel satisfied, and have few enough calories that I can still enjoy foods other than salads for lunch and dinner. My answer is to fill myself up on healthy fats and fiber at breakfast.
I realize that avocado toast isn’t a new thing to foodie folks who regularly skim through healthy eating Instagram photos, but I think that it’ll be a food trend that will stick around for a while.
I’ll admit it. I am a total artisan bread snob. I can’t help it. I’m sorry, but white sandwich bread has never excited me. I have made trips into San Francisco (about a 45 minute-1 hour drive) for the singular purpose of eating bread. Whether I’m visiting Acme at the Ferry Building, or pressing my face up to the window outside Boudin as the bakers roll out their sourdough creations…you name the San Francisco native bread, I love it.
I actually crave all sorts of bread, not just French or sourdough bread. For me, a bread recipe has to have the following qualities for me to deem it good:
Easy to make
No fussy ingredients outside of the parameters of bread flour, all-purpose flour, and whole wheat flour (because I honestly don’t need to crowd my tiny kitchen with bags of expensive, exotic flours which serve only one purpose in my diet)
Full of air holes, with a light airy crumb-no “brick” bread (i.e. the result of nearly every whole wheat bread recipe I have tried)