30 days of 29, day 13: Baking bread

As the more sharp-witted among you may have picked up, I consider myself to be a pretty good cook. I also consider myself to be an abysmal wreck of a baker. I really don't know what it is, but baking scares me. In fact, I once sat in front of the oven and wept as Nick's birthday cake baked, because I was so sure I had ruined it. I hadn't.

As it is, I have about two go-to recipes for when I want to bake something, and everything else is created in a state of abject terror when the mood strikes me, which is extremely seldom. Everything else is baked by Nick, who really knows his way around a rolling pin. And that works too.

But I wanna do it! Me, me, me! I want to be the kind of domestic goddess that can whip up a quick Sacher torte and loaf of bread and still have time to vacuum in my pearls before breakfast. OK, not really. But I do want to be a better baker.

Which is why, when Gibknitty suggested that I try my hand at baking bread, I thought "Well, alright then."

So, I tried my hand at this recipe for Almond-Chocolate bread.

Of course, I couldn't just do it normally. If course I had to bake it in the oven rather than use our bread machine. Of course I had to try to be smarter than the recipe, and then forget to pay attention to what I was doing. And of course that showed in the result. The bread didn't rise as well as I had hoped, and ended up pretty dense, but it was still really tasty.

So, I'm going to make it again.

Stick that in your back pocket, bread monkeys!


  1. Uhm...almond chocolate BREAD?!

    How is it possible that I did not know of such a thing?

    And thanks for the visual of you vacuuming in your pearls before breakfast.

    Love it.


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