And I've been messing around with the King Arthur Flour sandwich bread recipe.
Bread is deceptively easy to bake and it makes your house smell divine! I like to do a lot of cooking and baking on Sundays.
To be honest, the absolute worst part is kneading the dough before the first rise.
This bread requires 6-8 minutes of kneading, which doesn't sound like a lot, but it's not easy, either. Or maybe I'm just a wimp. Entirely possible.
I can't help but mess with a recipe when I try it, so the first time I made this bread (last week), I added a cup of whole wheat flour. The recipe said you could substitute up to half of the flour with white whole wheat flour, but I didn't have any, so I added plain whole wheat.
The bread was definitely edible -- even tasty. But not very good for sandwiches. Greg said it tasted like soda bread to him. In other words, a little more dense than it should have been. But it was nice with butter, so it suited my egg habit just fine.
This week, I learned my lesson and bought some white whole wheat flour, but I really think my yeast might be getting old, because it's definitely not quite as puffy as the picture on the King Arthur website.
All in all, though, this week's bread came out much closer to real sandwich bread... even if it's still a little short. I think I'll try to buy a new jar of yeast before it's time to bake bread next week.
The lucky thing about bread is that even if you mess it up, it's still pretty darn tasty.
EDIT TO ADD: And right after I hit publish, look what popped up on my Google Reader!