Nothing compares to fresh baked bread and the joy of baking it with family.
My mother-in-law started baking bread with the kids as soon as they were old enough to stand by her side. They loved it… getting their hands into the dough and being a part of creating something so delicious.
I love that she brought that tradition to the family.
As a family of seven, we go through 1-2 loaves a day, and I want desperately to be that mom that creates bread from scratch, with love, and with wholesome ingredients. For years now I have been saying how I want to bake fresh bread daily.
I want to almost see their brains comprehending what happens when we take flour, yeast, water and stir it together.
I want my kids to wake up to the fresh baked smell and for it to be a sense of comfort that will linger in their hearts well into their adulthood.
To relish in taking the time to carve slices for them, and collectively smile as the warm air finally escapes as we cut into it. I can just see their eyes light up as butter is generously smeared over each slice.
I can’t help but hope they will turn to dough as a form of therapy. They will punch and knead out frustrations and angst.
They will appreciate the time and effort it takes to create a beautiful loaf of bread and never settle.
In grains or in life.
But life gets in the way. I have deadlines and duties and so many other things going on and sometimes it is just easier to pick up pre-cut bread at the store and let them fend for themselves.
‘Life getting in the way’ is an excuse that just will not fly today.
I gathered up those babies and we baked.
And laughed. And decided that the only thing better than fresh baked bread was fresh baked bread with sprinkles.
Recipe adapted from King Arthur Flour.
This bread was just perfect. Perfectly baked and perfectly delicious.
We, of course, loved it with butter and honey, but it is so delicious it really can be eaten on its own.
I am going to be very intentional and carve out at least 1 day a week for us to bake bread together. It won’t always have sprinkles, but it will always bring us closer and remind me what this life is all about.
Living. Laughter. Love.