Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Question Of The Day:
Can A Sandwich Loaf Be Bread Porn?

Fiddling With Farmhouse White: Susan's New Honey Bran Bread

You may have noticed that it's been a little quiet around here at A Year In Bread. We didn't plan to all go MIA at the same time, but sometimes life and all its busyness get in the way of bread blogging. Two of us actually have good reasons for our absence. Beth has been diligently meeting deadlines for her upcoming cookbook about cooking with kids, and Kevin snagged himself a job as the new Cooking For Two guide at A big congratulations to them both! And our sincere apologies to those of you who left comments asking us questions that were never answered.

Meanwhile I'm still using the same old excuses: lambing season, new construction, and the usual craziness of life on a 240-acre farm full of critters. I've also been trying to recover from the sticker shock of skyrocketing wheat prices - and, as they continue to climb, realizing that this is a really bad time to be in the middle of building a wholesale bread bakery. Crap.

Of course we're still posting regularly on our personal food blogs, too: Beth is at kitchenMage, Kevin is Seriously Good, and I have Farmgirl Fare and In My Kitchen Garden.

We definitely slipped off of our baking schedule during the past few months, but the good news is that even though our 'year' is technically over, A Year In Bread most definitely is not. We're still up to our elbows in powdered gold flour and plan to stay that way. In fact, the rising cost of bread means that now is a better time than ever to vamp up your own bread baking efforts. Homemade bread will always cost less and taste better than storebought (except for those brick-like beginners' loaves, but our goal is to keep you from baking any of those).

A Little Bran & It's A Whole New Loaf - That's The Beauty Of Bread

So stay tuned and check back because we have lots of delicious plans on the rise, including my overdue 'small breads with cheese' post (to go with Kevin's Gougères and Beth's Onion Cheddar Breadsticks), the latest takes on my popular Farmhouse White, plus bread baking tips and tricks, book reviews and giveaway contests, bread-related news and sites from around the world, and of course plenty of the bread porn so many of you crave. Who knows, we might even get to those sourdough starter lessons we've been promising you for months. Whatever happens, you know it'll be lots of fun.

Are you ready, breadie? Then come bake bread for another year with us!


Blogger Christy said...

I'm dying for those sourdough lessons. It is my husband favorite bread and I've yet to make one he finds sufficiently sour.

4/01/2008 10:44 AM  
Blogger Darby said...

I'm glad to see you're back over here - I need some inspiration. I've been making the farmhouse white bread ever since I found the recipe last year - I can now make it in my sleep! I would say it's the most fail-proof lovely basic white bread recipe ever. Can't wait to see the new variations.

4/01/2008 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just as I thought I might have to give up on you, you have redeemed yourselves; and that right after Easter. HA! Just kidding you all, I've been pretty slack myself since before Christmas, so please forgive me for trying to make a funny. Anyway, I think I am enthused again. I made two loaves of a Hi Protein Bread that a friend gave me the recipe for and it turned out good. Had to leave out the nuts so one of my grandsons would eat it, but it was still delicious, and he loved it, picky little eater that he is.

Speaking of sourdough; I just read in a new cookbook that was recommended to me called Nourishing Traditions; that rye flour makes the best starter. What think all ye bread gurus?

I'm baaaccckkk. Just so you know, I really have enjoyed AYIB, and love you all.


4/01/2008 1:35 PM  
Blogger Marcheline said...

I don't know whether to be so very glad I found this blog, or to cry as I shred my Atkins Diet Book (and my Weight Watchers Book, and my South Beach Diet Book.....)

Home made bread with butter, TAKE ME AWAY!!!! Skinny jeans be damned!

- M

4/01/2008 8:57 PM  
Blogger kitchenmage said...

I am thrilled to see we still have fans, including some of the very first folks who found us. Thanks for hanging in there, everyone. Spring is sproinging and the site will be too. Soon.

4/01/2008 9:21 PM  
OpenID aseret-black said...

Oh I'm so excited that you will still be around. I come back every couple of days, looking, hoping, crossing my fingers that another series of wonderful tips and delicious recipes will appear but just a couple of weeks ago I decided after looking at the calendar that "The Year" had ended. I'm still ready to bake!


4/02/2008 1:22 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Oh yes, Susan, that sandwich loaf is definitely food porn. :-)

4/02/2008 1:04 PM  
Blogger jenni said...

first of all, i'm glad y'all are back. i was going through carb withdrawal! ha! i somehow missing the actual recipe for the honey-bran version of the farmhouse loaf? i'd really like to try it this week!

4/02/2008 4:31 PM  
Blogger kitchenmage said...

Artemis, we're definitely here, just being distracted and derailed.

Andrea, don't you love how she asked? As if it might not be porny?

Jenni, recipe? Um, er... soon...

4/02/2008 6:01 PM  
Blogger Boaz said...

I'm glad to see that you are all back; I've been missing your posts. Having not posted this year, I was starting to get worried that your "year in bread" may have ended!

4/03/2008 12:27 AM  
Blogger Katherine said...

I recently found your blog(s). I do enjoy them and check them every day or so! Thanks! Also, I don't think your link for 'skyrocketing wheat prices' is working. I tried to check it, as I've noticed a difference in flour and noodle prices, and nothing happened.

4/07/2008 5:29 AM  
Blogger Farmgirl Susan said...

Hi Everybody!
Thanks for your comments. It's great to hear from so many enthusiastic bread bakers. We're really excited about getting back to posting regularly here - and of course baking lots more bread!

Hi Katherine,
Thanks for the heads up about the bad skyrocketing wheat prices link. I've fixed it now - or just click here. It's an interesting (and mind blowing) little article.

4/07/2008 8:34 AM  
Blogger Katherine said...

Susan, thank you for the link! It explains why I'm making more bread now! I can't afford to buy it! The good thing is, it brought me to your site!

4/08/2008 6:45 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Impelled by the rising cost of bread and my insatiable love thereof, I made a couple of those brick-like beginner's loaves today. They were whole-wheat loaves, and they were not what I had in mind. Please help. Soon.

4/09/2008 1:26 AM  
Blogger Mary Luce said...

Welcome back!
Made a sourdough starter once, but my mother thought it was spoiled and threw it away (it smelled sour - she said *headdesk*). Maybe you can get me back on that plan :)

4/09/2008 10:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey ya'll! I got so desperate this week, I made a loaf of beer bread. While it was good, it wasn't what I wanted. I think I might take time today to make a real loaf of bread, and satisfy my longing for not only the taste, but the smell of it baking in my kitchen.


4/10/2008 8:18 AM  
Anonymous marye said...

Beautiful loaf!

4/13/2008 7:44 AM  
Blogger Zona Wilson said...

Your Farmhouse White is the only bread that my husband and teenage sons will let me bake any more - but I would love to sneak in a bit more nutrition in the form of whole grains and natural sweeteners, like honey. Will you be posting the recipe for the honey/whole wheat version of Farmhouse White any time soon? Since it's your recipe and a version of their favorite, I think I'll be able to sell them on at least trying it. Yes, they're spoiled!

4/17/2008 12:00 PM  
Blogger Shady Gardener said...

I'd LOVE sourdough lessons. Looking forward to another year of your posts! :-)

4/23/2008 11:47 PM  
Blogger KitchenKiki said...

I have been reading off & on since the beginning. I don't remember how I found you, but I'm glad that I did! Your pizza post inspired me to get off my flour-sack and try my pizza on the grill.

5/09/2008 10:01 AM  

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