Of all of the breads that I’ve baked in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice challenge, I have had a few favorites. To Peter Reinhart, i selecting a favorite might be a little too much like choosing a favorite child, but for me the cinnamon buns and English muffins were, in their own rite, unrivaled.
However, no one really needs cinnamon buns and I usually only buy English muffins if they’re on sale. Sandwich bread, however, is a staple and this week’s recipe for light wheat bread was one that I was able to make on a weekend and then not buy at the store that week (as if I only go grocery shopping once a week…).
Made with whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour, it gets its name from its light caramel color rather than its nutritional value (which isn’t bad either). I can’t remember the last time I had white bread but I do remember the first time I had wheat bread – my mother started buying a new brand that came in a yellow wrapper, though I can’t remember what it called. It was suspiciously darker than the bread I was used to eating with peanut butter and jelly but it soon became a household staple.
I’m obviously not one to shun any kind of bread, but on sandwiches, I’ll rarely choose an option that isn’t whole-wheat or multigrain. When I made this I was interested to see how it would compare to the whole grain wheat sandwich bread that I sometimes bake.
I’m not going to give you the recipe this time. Not so much because of the Bread Baker’s Apprentice challenge rule, but because I know my readers and I have a feeling that many of you aren’t bread bakers (I’m looking at you, Mom and Dad). It doesn’t matter whether you bake the bread or buy it at the store, if at the end of the day, you can toast a thick piece, slather it with peanut butter and honey and enjoy it for breakfast with a hot cup of coffee.
What’s your favorite kind of bread?
Did you notice that I’ve been posting more frequently than usual this week? In celebration of National Novel Writing Month, some bloggers choose to commemorate November with NaBloPoMo,
or National Blog Posting Month. I’ve challenged myself to post daily
this month and hope that you’ll challenge yourselves to read them all!