Come And Look At What We Made!

It was the first time I had ever made bread – I know!  I’m shocked too!  How could I have gone this long with all the success in the kitchen without ever attempting a basic such as bread?  But I had always felt intimidated.   Amazing what you can do when your hand is forced.  Lola’s reading program insisted that we make bread together to bring this week’s story alive.  In the story, the little girl, of nearly the same age as Lola, was tasked with kneading the dough for the family’s weekly bread needs, so we tasked Lola with kneading the bread, which quickly became much to overwhelming for her – or for her mother, pained as she watched her struggle and worried that our 10-minutes-for-kneading was quickly running out!!! And there wasn’t a lot of consistent kneading going on!!!  Gah!!  I think that for a first try, even with the challenges, we did pretty good!  It wasn’t perfect but it was good enough for the tuna salad sandwiches I had planned for luncheon.  I couldn’t shake the nearly-fail feeling, though.  So I decided that the only course of action was to make ANOTHER LOAF of bread.  This time, I would allow the bread to stay in the oven for the full allotment of baking time.  I was fearful the first time of over-baking the bread, causing the crust to be miserably brick hard as it had been when I was in Mrs. Chan’s Grade One class and knocked my tooth loose on my lunchbox offering.  My first attempt at bread had been slightly doughy, but I was determined to make a perfect loaf of bread.  And I did it.  Are you surprised?  I kind of am.  But look!:

Oh, and looky here. There is tea, too. Dang good tea, too, if I may say so myself.

Charlie said to me today, “Mom.  You can make bread now.  Do you know what this means?”

*pregnant pause*

“Raisin bread.”

Our lives have been irrevocably changed.  If you need to pinpoint a specific time when our lives were altered forever, this is it.  Raisin bread.  Dang.  And tea!  Oh, daaaaang.


5 thoughts on “Come And Look At What We Made!

  1. Michelle says:

    Quick, come see how good I look, was the first thing that crossed my mind when I read the title 😉 Awesome job making the bread!! I too have never attempted it because it just seems so overwhelming! But now, you can have raisin bread at your demand! No waiting to come back to your home country to score some, you can have it at your beck and call!! I love how Charlie’s mind works!! And congratulations on getting over your fear!

  2. Chinadoll says:

    Great job on the bread. I prefer my no-knead recipe–so much easier and tastes equally as good, or perhaps better 🙂

  3. Di says:

    michelle – me too. that’s exact;y what i thought white girl was going for with the title!

    as for that charlie – he’s one smart kid. mmm…raisin bread.

  4. fiona says:

    I think my screen is scratch and sniff because I can SMELL that bread!!! Congrats. 🙂

  5. Sonya says:

    I love baking bread from scratch. It’s just SO yummy compared to store bought bread. Good job on tackling it and doing so well!

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