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B​aking therapy: white country bread recipe

Finding ways to stay positive as we s​elf quarantine

Doug Smith posted in Baking

31w ago

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A​s a person that loves being out and about in the community, this social distancing thing has been very difficult. The worst part has been trying not to mentally check out, or binge watch TV.

For me, one way to fight this has been by taking daily trips to the local market (practising social distancing) for fresh fruits, vegetables, and other supplies to bring home and cook. And it has become obvious that people are buying up basic supplies like sandwich bread.

N​o bread at the local market

N​o bread at the local market

N​o bread at the market? No problem. This is a great opportunity to hone my bread baking skills. Not only is this a very easy recipe but it's also good therapy. As we carefully measured the ingredients, it allowed us to talk about something other than the news of the day; looking in the mixer with anticipation to see how this gooey mixture moved slowly from water and flour to a shiny stretchy dough ball.

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Looking on with anticipation

We then transferred the dough ball into a large bowl to proof. Don't rush it here! It takes a little time. (Yes, we kept walking by the bowl talking about how good it smells, maybe even taking a peek or two.)

A​most ready

A​most ready

T​he great thing about baking bread is that it makes the whole house smell so good. To be honest it was very little work, but we found ourselves talking about what we were going to eat with our fresh baked bread, and how we would make different shapes and sizes over the next few days. I would call this a flavorful distraction from the stress of the day.

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Comments (19)

  • This bread looks so much better than supermarket bread 😍

      7 months ago
  • I want to bake more, not only are you making me want to but a close buddy posted some sourdough he made.

      7 months ago
  • I’m sad to report I’m also running out of baking supplies 😩

      7 months ago
    • That’s the worst. Can you get some new ones?

        7 months ago
    • Yeast is the main issue right now. I’m hopeful that I can find some soon. However we have started baking an old fashioned no yeast Irish soda bread.

        7 months ago
  • I would love to make some homemade bread, and I have a stand mixer like yours that sits on my countertop unused. However, I have been unable to find flour at any grocery store 😥 I think everyone had the same idea

      7 months ago
  • Looks delicious my friend. Its something I do quite often at home... Very similar recipe. Im no professional either. Just something about baking I love.

      6 months ago
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