by Teal Graham
Since the start of Quarantine 2020 bread making has taken off across much of food social media. People are making all sorts of breads from biscuits to dinner rolls. Our local stores have been sold out of yeast for months so it seems like bread making might be a new trend for a lot of people.
The most complicated one for me is sandwich bread which has a tender crumb and soft fluffy texture. I lack the technique for making anything but a nice hearty bread that's rich in flavor that is wonderful for toast or with soups. As great as my breads are, sandwich bread is a no go.
Instead of stressing over the fact I have not mastered a touch for making the infamous sandwich bread, I decided to alter my approach to sandwiches. I have a wonderful roll recipe that I love and use for sandwiches. That's right sandwiches. Whoever said that sandwich bread is the only way for sandwiches was wrongly mistaken. Home made buns are great and can easily convert the ordinary sandwich into a family favorite.
The cool thing about making your own breads at home you know what is in them. You can take comfort in knowing that you can identify all the ingredients within the breads that you have provided for your family's consumption. With health being a major concern these days you definitely want to be as healthy as you can be.
Now I know that making bread can be kind of intimidating. You search the internet for an easy bread making recipe and find some guy on Youtube taking a week to make a simple loaf of bread. Who has time to wait a week when you just want bread now.
There really are some easy quick recipes that we will share with you later but expand your thinking when it comes to breads. Tortillas are great and they are very easy and quick to make. You can use them for a lot more than tacos and burritos. Wraps and hummus taste great with flour tortillas too. And let’s not forget my husband’s favorite from the South, cornbread. For them cornbread is the only bread there is and it goes great with everything.
Bread has always been a part of people and families. It’s how we get to know each other. I mean who doesn’t love bread. I know I love breads of all kinds and my children do too. They even love my sandwich bread because it is made with a lot of love.
If you can’t master making bread from scratch then grab one of those boxes or ready to make tubes from the grocery store. You will get the same warm feeling making bread by yourself or with your family. It is all about enjoying the process and not just eating the results.
So whether it is homemade white sandwich bread that you have mastered, tortillas, cornbread, rolls, or that tube of ready to bake pizza dough enjoy making bread. It is so relaxing and meditative and we definitely need that today with everything that is going on.