For Christmas about 15 years ago, my sister was given a bread machine (she’d asked for it). We took it up to Sunshine Beach on holidays with us and we were all eager to make the first loaf. We (ok Mum) followed the instructions, putting all the ingredients in and setting the timer so we would awake to the smell of fresh bread.
At about 4am we awoke to what we thought was the world ending there was such an almighty roaring noise coming from the kitchen. Little did we know, bread machines and sleeping are not two things that go together. This thing made enough noise to wake everyone in the building.
I do remember mum making us some pretty amazing loaves (and a door stop or two) with the machine but I don’t think it was used much after those holidays.
About 10 years later when I moved out of home I took it with me (I think my sister had forgotten she owned it) and made a few loaves before discovering how easy it is to make bread without one. Honestly, you don’t need one.
If I could convince people of one thing it would be how easy and fun making your own bread is. A few years ago, I thought if everyone buys their bread and there are so many bakeries around, bread making must be too difficult which I assume is what most people think.
It’s not. Take this plaited Challah bread. I would say that even if you have never made bread before, as long as your yeast isn’t stale and you can measure out the ingredients, you can make this.
Challah to me is a cross between croissant and normal bread. Yes that means it’s quite delicious warm and spread with butter and jam. I’m not sure if that’s how it’s meant to be eaten but that’s what I did.
Danielle from Mostly Foods and Crafts says this is her favourite bread and I can see why. I was assigned to her blog for this month’s Secret Recipe Club. Funnily enough, I wrote this post then went back and read Danielle’s post only to see that she too wants to show people how easy bread-making is.
Her mother said she could never make bread – that was until Danielle showed her how and she changed her mind. Her niece was pretty proud of the first loaf they made together too. She has quite a few delicious looking bread recipes on her blog.
Now don’t be daunted by the fancy shape. It’s not difficult at all. Just follow my pseudo photo instructions.
Please give it a go. If you do, I’d love to see a photo. In fact if you ever make any of my recipes I’d love it if you’d share them on Facebook or Instagram (tag @clairekcreations). Enjoy!
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