I love baking bread. The magic of yeast and flour and water and salt coming together to create a meal. I love the feel of the formed dough in my hands. It feels alive and full of energy. When the bread rises, it’s like POW. I’m alive! Then in the oven the bread rises some more and gains it final shape with a nice crust. Once baked, we all have to wait patiently while the bread cools. There are different opinions on how long bread should cool. The Fresh Loaf has an interesting discussion. I tend to let bread cool for at least hour. However, it’s not just me anymore. Both Paul & Nani #17 circle the kitchen island waiting for me to say okay. I don’t know what Nani’s waiting for; he doesn’t get bread.
I created Pink Stripes to join the original Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD) and because of it I’ve met and shared with an amazing group of people. My life got hectic and I didn’t have much time to bake and blog. The original TWD ended with celebration late last year and the group announced the creation of a new TWD. The new group will bake through Dorie Greenspan’s Baking with Julia. I had the book and missed the baking and blogging life. TWD v2.0 was just what I needed for motivation to end my sabbatical.