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A Year of Loaves

January 1, 2012

Some people pledge to take a photo per day, some pledge to one blog post per day.  I am always envious when others challenge themselves successfully, and I often wonder if I have the tenacity to adhere to one of these kinds of projects myself and share it here. I really want to have something to reflect upon at the end of 2012 – something meaningful.  Obviously, it would have to be something that interests me; I don’t really excel at photography, and there’s no way I’m going to set myself up for failure by pledging a post a day – I know I don’t really have time for that. And forget a pledge to hit the gym. Just forget it.

And, just as obviously, if I’m going to write about it here it has to be something that would be of interest to others; really, no one cares about my progress if I pledge to get out of bed fifteen minutes earlier each day (though, I really should think about fighting that battle).

As I was contemplating what my 2012 project should be, I recalled something a wise man once tweeted:

“Resolutions don’t work. Replace them with rituals. Rituals work.”

A pleasurable Sunday ritual for me is bread making. Extended time spent in the kitchen, meditative actions, fantastic aromas filling the house, and delicious results. Nothing but love going on there. And I truly enjoy sharing the fruits of my labor with others – breaking bread, so to speak.  So my 2012 project is going to be to try one new bread recipe per week, and sharing the recipe and experience here with you. With photos, because even though I’m not very good at taking pictures, I do enjoy taking pics of food!

I’m going to try recipes from cookbooks I already have first – especially The Joy of Cooking, Barefoot Contessa at Home, and Baking Illustrated. I’m also open to any recommendations, suggestions, or family favorites you might want to share. I’ll try anything – high fiber, quick breads, gluten-free, vegan, you name it. I may even try to create something original, based on reader suggestions. I’ve got 52 opportunities, and I think this is going to be fun!

First bread, made today – Oatmeal Molasses Bread. It’s in the oven right now (it smells fantastic), so you can expect a post with photos tomorrow!

Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope you have a delicious 2012.

I didn't make these - these beautiful loaves were made by Our Daily Bread, one of the vendors at Schenectady Greenmarket. I took this photo last winter.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2012 8:43 pm

    Sounds like a delicious plan to me! Please make some kind of olive bread (preferably w/ kalamata olives) so I can steal that recipe from you.

    Make sure you take photos of your breads so you can cross-post over on Pinterest, since we’re both trying to learn that too… And as I found out w/ the gingersnaps recipe, food drives traffic!

    • January 1, 2012 9:20 pm

      Olive bread sounds divine. Maybe a foccaccia? Yum.

      Thanks for the Pinterest reminder. I’ve got to poke around there some more…

  2. Shannon permalink
    January 3, 2012 1:16 pm

    Would you like my Mom’s Irish Soda Bread recipe? I would love to see what you would do with it. The trick, which somehow I never knew, was to soak the raisins in either water or liquor to ensure that they don’t soak up the moisture from the bread.

    It leaves open many possibilities…

    • January 3, 2012 2:07 pm

      I would love the recipe, if she’s willing to share! It would make a nice St. Patrick’s Day post.

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