Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Pain Ordinaire (Basic Bread)

There is something about the cooler weather, that makes me want to spend more time in the kitchen.

Today, I baked some home made bread. 

This cookbook, has all kinds of wonderful bread recipes.  From simple Tuscan bread, to French Baguettes.

I chose to make Pain Ordinaire - or Basic Bread.


The recipe suggested that if you wanted a more rustic style bread to substitute wheat flour for some of the white flour.  That is what I did.


It came out perfect!  Crispy, crunchy crust and a rustic tender interior.

Do you bake your own bread?  I think I might start doing this once a week. 

Welcome Home,
Penny


35 comments:

Kathleen Grace said...

I feel the same way Penny. When the weather gets cooler I just want to bake all the time! My waistline begs me not to, lol. I bake bread every week, for myself and my daughter and niece. There is nothing like fresh hot bread form the oven, slathered in creamy butter. It make s the whole house warm and smells so good! This recipe looks wonderful!

Lorrie said...

I've been making my own bread for a couple of years now after a decade of not. Nothing compares to homemade bread. Yours looks delectable.

Mom2fur said...

Oooh, that looks good. I bet your house smells amazing!

Penny said...

Penny, I am definitely getting this cookbook. I have not made bread in a long time, but it is such a satisfying endeavor. Yours looks truly delectable.
Hugs,
Penny

Donnie said...

I used to have a bread machine and made sourdough bread every week when the boys were home. We continued for about a month after the second one went on his own. There was just so much bread and my starter would have to be fed all the time so one day we decided to just let it peacefully slip into yeast heaven. Gave my machine to one of the boys and he eventually gave it away too. I get beautiful bread at Fresh market now. Your bread does look wonderful and you just can't replace the smell of baking bread.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Penny, that looks great and I know your house smells good. Why I think I smell it here!

Julie Harward said...

Your bread looks so delicious Penny! YUM! Bread is my favorite food...I learned to make bread when I was 12 yrs. old and have been doing it about every week all my life. In one of my September 09 posts, I put my recipe up, maybe you can go check it out..it never fails and is so good1 :D

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That looks so amazing! I could just sit down and eat the whole loaf! lol I baked most of our bread when my kids were growing up! I made it with whole wheat...healthy and filling! I still love to bake but I'm trying not to right now! Still watching what I eat...most of the time! ENJOY! ♥

Donna said...

Oh Penny, it looks so good! Occasionally I'll bake bread, not too often.

debi said...

What a beautiful loaf of bread...frame-able photo!
Wise words suggesting we bake our own ....

Snappy Di said...

I've never attempted to make my own bread. I think Hubby has though. Yours looks so good I can almost smell it! Seriously, it looks wonderful, Penny.

Di

Blondie's Journal said...

I used to bake bread quite a bit and loved every minute of it...you've inspired me to start again! Your bread looks delicious!

Xo,
Jane

Brenda Kula said...

There is nothing more scrumptious than fresh warm baked bread. I use to make wheat bread when my girls were young. But now I have arthritis and don't know if it would be as easy. By the way, how did you get the comment numbers next to the comments?
Brenda

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

There is nothing as good as fresh bread hot from the oven. I would have trouble not eating half the loaf! :)

PS My daughter-in-law is picking out something for the new baby to be with the CSN gift certificate. After she chooses, I'll post what it is. Thanks again!

Pondside said...

There was a time when I baked our bread, but I haven't been organized enough to do it and work full time. Some day......

Bella said...

It looks and smells delicious! This is actually one of the things on my list that I'd like to start doing. Good bread is one of my favorite things to eat; I'd love to have several go-to recipes.

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

I love to bake bread. That looks like a great book too. Your bread sure looks delicious. And don't you love how the house smells while baking bread. Take care. Love & blessings from NC!

see you there! said...

The bread looks delicious and the cookbook interesting. I occasionally bake bread and sometimes DH bakes a loaf using a bread machine. I'm not a huge fan of the bread machine but at least, either way, we know what is IN our bread an it isn't the long list of ingredients in the supermarket loaf.

Darla

Sherri said...

Penny, I agree cooler weather really makes you want to be in the kitchen more either cooking or baking! Your bread looks absolutely wonderful! When I was younger I made bread every few days. My girls were small and they really loved homemade bread. One day I wasn't feeling well so I bought some bread instead of making it-they wouldn't eat it! They told me we like Mommy Bread instead. What a compliment. But on the other hand my youngest told me she wanted Kraft Macaroni and Cheese from the box and didn't like my homemade because it was bright yellow-LOL!! Go figure!!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

I grew up with a mom that made fresh bread every day. Unfortunately I'm not much of a baker. I would love to make that gorgeous bread you've shown. Lovely photos Penny.
Sam

Mary said...

My dream has been to take artisinal bread baking classes.......I love bread with a crunchy crust (which is why I'll never be a skinny woman, lol!), plus of course real butter, a chunk of French cheese...............and a glass of red!!!!

Your baking paid off Penny, the bread looks fabulous. I will perhaps give it a try at home now that cranking up the oven will also take the chill off the kitchen!!

Happy day dear friend.

gloria g. said...

Yes, I always have the urge to make bread. I have sourdough starter in the frig, for years now. I feed it sometimes, and make bread sometimes. My neighbors love it. I give it when someone needs something. Like when someone dies, and the family needs a meal and a hug. I make the bread - usually two loaves and take two crocheted dish cloths that I make. It's comforting......so let's go make some dough! :>) gloria g. in South Carolina

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Penny,
Oh my, I love home made bread! and the smell of it baking is just the best smell ever! Yummy...
Growing up my Mom use to make our bread once a week, we never had store bought bread. I would come home from school and the bread dough would be raising on the window ledges.That was the best source of warmth and light for the yeast to raise the dough.
I was a very lucky girl growing up, my Mom made everything even home made root beer! I don't make bread except from a box..LOL yep, I take the quick way out, ok the lazy way out :)..
There is nothing better then home made bread...I think I will call mom and have her make some bread...the last bread she made us was beer bread...have you ever had beer bread its really good..I love it toasted..
Your bread looks delish,you can express air mail me a piece please...LOL
Have a sweet day and big hugs, Elizabeth

Jenny said...

That looks delicious. I think I may need to order that book.

Pat said...

How yummy! I love homemade bread and for some reason I have never bought a bread cookbook. I have them for everything else, but not bread!
Now if someone could tell me how to control myself when eating freshly baked bread, that would be wonderful!

Janet said...

I used to make a lot of bread and rolls and really lovely cinnamon sticky rolls baked in maple syrup, but alas with the kids gone there is too much temptation to eat way too many carbs! But the holidays are coming so maybe I will make some yummy yeastiness!

bj said...

ooo, that looks delicious...homemade bread, butter, homemade jelly...AIN'T LIFE GRAND..
Now, gotta go find a good recipe and make this.

Beverly said...

Yum! I'd like a slice with butter, please.

dobco said...

As close as I get to homemade bread is what I make in the bread machine...Works for me!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

No, no fresh bread here, unless I am at the store when they take it out of the oven...but yours looks beautiful....good job!!

Vanessa said...

There is just nothing quite like the smell of homemade bread! It is almost wafting through my monitor right now! :-)
Vanessa

Jeanne said...

Hi Penny, yes I love to bake bread...in my bread maker. Smile. Your bread looks so delicious. My mom made all the bread we ate when we were young. She was the best bread baker I ever knew. Her dad paid her 3 cents a loaf when she was a young girl baking bread for her parents, siblings (family of 12), plus hired hands on the farm where she grew up. Her experience resulted in the best bread I have ever eaten. I miss my mom so much. Sigh

Have fun making bread. Cold weather makes me do a lot more cooking. Soups and stews especially.

Happy days to you making bread.
Hugs, Jeanne

gena said...

Looks yummy ! I have a bread machine and like to try new recipes, but truth be told, since we own a bakery, I get the best bread ever "delivered" every day !!!!!

thanks for sharing,
gena
www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

Beth West www.northernskyart.wordpress.com said...

Oh that looks so good. We make most of our own bread here, usually just your basic whole wheat loaf bread. I don't dare to make anything yummier than that because I'm gluten intolerant and shouldn't eat wheat bread at all. I've discovered that if I make french bread, I cannot resist it, so my poor family has to do without! I would not be able to resist your bread either so it's a good thing there are several states between us :)

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Oh my goodness, that looks so delicious!!!
I can smell the wonderful aroma from here. I would have eaten half the loaf before it even cooled.
I do make a Swedish bread at Christmas but that's about it for my bread making. Wish I had time to do more.