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bread 1bread 2I mentioned to my mother-in-law recently that I have been making lots of bread these days.  Oh, you have a bread machine? she inquired.  No, you see, I am the bread machine...

And really I have been a kind of bread making machine.  Every week now, for the past month or two, I whip out a couple loaves of bread.  The first time it came more out of necessity.  I wanted some nice warm dinner rolls to go with the radish butter I’m so obsessed with making this season.  But then, I really came to love the whole experience of making bread.  I love kneading the dough into a soft, pliable mound.  I love nurturing the dough as it rises several times throughout the afternoon.  The aroma of the baking loaves is so delicious and well, obviously, there’s the eating it part.

Baking bread on rainy days feels especially right (and we’ve had our fair share of rainy days this month) and I learned that the low barometric pressure aids the bread in rising more quickly.  I guess the air is not as dense so there is less for the dough to push against.  Good to know.

The King Arthur Flour 200th Anniversary Cookbook is a bible in our kitchen and I love all the bread baking tips in it.  And, if you’re in the mood for some radish butter (I always am), here’s  roughly what I do:

  1. Finely chop up five or six radishes
  2. Finely chop up a few of the radish greens (if they are tender enough and not too big or prickly)
  3. Mix 1/2 stick of softened butter with some sea salt and a little lemon zest.  Maybe some chopped up chives too.
  4. Stir in the radishes and greens and spread on slices of bread.

The essence of this recipe (and lots of other wonderful ones) came from Deborah Madison’s Local Flavors.

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