Bread: The Opium of the Household
Hemingway once suggested that maybe bread was the opium of the people. I’m not sure about people in general, but it sure fits in our house.
A decade ago, I bought a bread machine. I loved it. The first month I had it, the electric bill went up tremendously because I had to try out every recipe in the book that came with it. Some days I’d make three loaves a day because it went so fast. (Quite the novelty it was.) Then I discovered chocolate chip bread, and my jeans were in some real trouble.
Last year at a visit to my parents’, my dad made fresh bread. A recent refugee from Atkins and South Beach, I’d forgotten how delicious fresh bread was. He told me his secret—the freezer section of WalMart—and I went home to make my own. My sons went ape. The whole house smelled wonderful. Over Christmas break, I made a new loaf every day because it got eaten faster than I could make it.
I decided for my birthday I’d treat myself to a new bread maker. The pan on the old one was pretty beaten up, and I couldn’t find the recipe book anymore. (There’s plenty of recipes on the ‘net, but the fact that I didn’t have the chocolate chip bread recipe on hand was probably a good thing.) Much to my surprise, on my birthday I came home from work to find a bread machine waiting for me. Yum! And let me tell you, it makes some BIG bread. It’d take a whole frying pan to make one slice of French toast with these babies.
After several loaves of plain old delicious white bread, I tried out beer bread. With beer and onions in the recipe, what could be bad? I’m told it was amazing when paired with tuna salad.
Next up: honey buttermilk bread. Heaven on a plate.
This weekend I plan to make Hawaiian Sweet Bread to bring to my RWA chapter meeting. I’m going to put in the ingredients the night before, set the timer, and let the machine do its thing. Around 8 a.m., the luscious aroma will call me out of bed like a siren. If you’re in the area of the Philly suburbs, feel free to stop by and test-taste it with me. If there’s anything left. My suggestion is to get here early.
Can you suggest a new bread recipe for me to try? Something with fruit in it, maybe? (I love sweet.) Have bread machine, might share. :-)