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Friday, January 22, 2010

Heavenly Aromas

I have decided that heaven will smell of freshly baked bread. Wouldn't it be just delightful. I personally get pretty sick of smelling cookies, cakes, pies, and the like when it is all I smell for weeks, but bread has a light smell that is...well...the only word that I can think of to describe bread baking in the oven is... heavenly! So how and where did my infatuation with bread start? Well, doesn't everyone love bread!?!?!? One of the first things they tell you in Weight Watchers is to beware of bread... the basket of dinner rolls at fine restaurants can destroy a diet. They know that bread is one of those foods that everyone likes. It comes is such variety too...rye, potatoe, wheat, French, Italian, the lists goes on and on.

I was at Williams-Sonoma at Towson Town and ran into a friend of Fran's. I was introduced to him and we got on the topic of baking. He said that anyone who aspires to be a great baker needs to learn the art of bread baking. He recommended The Bread Bible. I have never dabbled in bread baking, but thought it may be something new and fun to try out. My sister-in-law, Amanda, has been learning to bake bread from my grandmother and her mother. She has had some difficulties which caused me some hesitation, but I decided to go for it. The lady I work for loves to cook and bake. I found that she owned a copy of The Bread Bible. I asked to borrow her copy and she complied adding her commendations as well. That is what brought me to where I am today... enjoying the rich aroma of fresh baked Buttermilk Honey Bread.

“Bread is the king of the table and all else is merely the court that surrounds the king. The countries are the soup, the meat, the vegetables, the salad but bread is king.”

~Louis Bromfield, American novelist ~


“If thou tastest a crust of bread, thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.”

~Robert Browning (1812-1889) English poet~


  1. That loaf looks perfect! Great job, Jessie! I used to make homemade bread a few days a week, and the smell is heavenly. Slicing while it is still hot and slathering it with butter is even better. :) I saved the title of that book in case I am able to eat bread again. :) You have to tell me if you make pumpernickel bread. That always intimidated me for some reason.

  2. Wow! Great job! I tried many times to make bread, it never turned out :( Yours looks beautiful! I agree, it is a heavenly smell!

  3. great! i love making bread. i started in college because i found that kneading the dough was a great stress reliever. i've sinced moved on to a bread machine for simplicity's sake, but i still make it by hand from time to time... have fun!

  4. I think your bread would be a big hit at the next mens pray breakfast, hint hint,