I have always loved to cook and have enjoyed passing that on to my oldest daughter. When my husband and I decided I would stay home and raise our kids, we did not have it in the budget to go out to eat. We found early on that you could eat better on far less money if you just stayed home and made it yourself. From there, I started making all of our meals from scratch, including the kids baby food. I really enjoyed trying out new recipes and cooked some pretty tasty dishes! I also enjoyed baking and was usually the mom who brought baked goods to school events. The one thing I never got the hang of was how to make homemade bread successfully. Somehow I either got soggy or gooey bread or it ended up looking and tasting more like a hockey puck! Then I read about Average Joe Artisan Bread and their claim that they could teach anyone to make awesome homemade bread. So, who was I not to take them up on their challenge, right!
Simple Steps To Making Homemade Bread
I am going to be honest and tell you that I had huge doubts I could make bread. Granted the folks over at Average Joe sounded pretty confident in their bread kits, but I was a bit skeptical that I would actually be making homemade bread! When you get your bread kit, you have everything you need to make 3 loaves of bread. But, there was a weird thing that was included in my package of supplies: a pot! Huh?! Ok, I decided to roll with it and see what happened! You get a laminated cheat sheet with all the steps, which I really loved. This is a two part process; day one you just mix the yeast, water, salt and flour, place it in a bowl and cover it for 18-24 hours. Once the dough has risen the fun begins!
After you sprinkle your counter top with flour, you get to take out your frustrations on that dough! Next you place your dough in the pot and I sprayed some olive oil on the dough. Once I scored the dough and sprinkled black salt (never used that before) on top, put the lid on and popped it in the oven. After 35 minutes, you take the cover off the pot and cook for an additional 25 minutes. My husband was hilarious while the bread was cooking! He came in the kitchen and asked me what the delicious yet foreign smell was that was coming from the oven. HA HA! People, can I tell you that I made bread today?! And, it was AWESOME! I cannot get over the fact that not only did I make bread, but it tasted great, was easy to make and it was easy to clean up! We all loved the bread so much that we are going to make homemade pizza with it next! This is such a clever idea and would make the perfect gift for a housewarming, a wedding or really, any occasion. You can purchase the Cooks Edition like I received from the Average Joe website for $39.00. You can also purchase the gift edition which includes all the kitchen items you need for $99.00, refills are $15 and the bread pot for $29.00.
One USA reader will win one Cook’s Edition Artisan Bread Kit ($39.00)