Monday, June 2, 2014
Look at that.
Isn't that a thing of beauty? I love to bake yeast breads. However since my children have grown up and I have a loved one that avoids gluten, I rarely indulge my desire to create with yeast in my kitchen. So, when one of my favorite bloggers announced that she was hosting a Baking Bootcamp, I found my reason to indulge. Even better: one lucky person will win a one year supply of King Arthur Flour and a Baking Essentials box valued at $250!! Official rules and details can be found here.Count me in! (Hey, I figure I can make my co-workers happy.)
A few years ago, I spent a short and exhilarating time as part of the Daring Bakers. The group is still going strong, having expanded to become the Daring Kitchen. I loved the challenges. But I found that I could not keep up with the deadlines while raising two very strong-willed teen sons and holding down a job in higher education. The timing was not right and I had to resign from the blogroll.
I was stoked to find out that Joy the Baker was also part of that inspiring and supportive online group of everyday people that loved the challenges to create awe-inspiring baked goods in their home kitchens. Thanks to Daring Bakers, I added Eclairs to my repertoire.
This gorgeous bread is the first in a series of four challenges, each using a different King Arthur Flour. Now...on to this lovely bread.
If you have never used yeast before, this is a very friendly recipe. It is almost too easy. And the smell that you create in your kitchen is payment enough for the attempt. (I bet you will be successful. If you can twist one strand over another, you can do this!) Joy has even provided step-by-step instructions and photos with the recipe on her fabulous blog.
Imagine your family and friends' expressions when you place this piece of heaven on earth in front of them.
So, head on over to her blog and join in the fun!
I wish you luck! But not too much! That flour is mine!