If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed that I have a bit of a bread making obsession lately. It all started last fall when I purchased a bread machine from the thrift store for a whopping $2. Thank you ARC for facilitating my new hobby. Then, Christmas rolled around and my mom got me the best present a mom can give a daughter, a KitchenAid Standing Mixer. And the baking adventures took off from there. Depending on my mood I sometimes go the bread machine route and other days prefer the dough hook method. No matter which technique I go with I am always blown away by the smells wafting from my oven and stand proud next to the final result. Making bread feels like such an accomplishment! That is not to say that I haven't had my fair share of failures. I think in order to make bread correctly you need to fail...a lot. Failing is just part of the dance in figuring out how to make the perfect dough. You know how tasting your food is really important when you cook? Well, when you make bread, touching is key. Understanding the correct texture and consistency is pretty much number one in terms of getting things right from the start.
Feeling overwhelmed? Do what I did and watch a lot of online how-to videos and tutorials. Here are a couple good ones I've found so far: