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Make a Resolution to Bake Your Own Bread

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Why is it that you’d never find a box of cake mix in an avid baker’s pantry, but you’d very likely find a bag of store-bought bread in her breadbox?

It’s not because homemade bread is especially difficult to make, though there is significant science at work. It’s because making a truly special loaf of bread (or rolls, or brioche, or flatbread) takes time. Bread is an accomplishment dish. There’s no whipping up a loaf on a whim. In his book, Simply Great Breads, Daniel Leader, America’s premier artisan baker, calls bread crafting “a lifestyle choice.”

If you’re making a choice this year—call it a resolution, a commitment—to start baking bread from scratch, we’ve got exactly the inspiration you need to stick to it. Browse our slideshow for our best breads from scratch, including Dan’s latest, a Cinnamon-Swirl Raisin Bread worth every minute it takes to make. And, leave a comment on this post about your own resolution to bake more homemade bread in 2012. I’ll pick a random comment on Tuesday, January 10. The winner will receive a free copy of Dan’s book, Simply Great Breads.

Good luck, bakers!

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  • akrccj | 01/10/2012

    Ok, said I would make it and I did! Twice actually. The first time it lasted less than 24 hours. The second time I make the mistake of putting in 2 TBS instead of 2 tps! I could have just thrown it out and started all over but instead just quadrupled the recipe!! It wasn't in the freezer for long. Great recipe, easy too!! I did have a hard time incorporating all of the raisins so the second go round I reduced them by 1/2 cup. This will become a staple!

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    djcooks | 01/10/2012

    i have had a stroke and i thought things like bread were not for me now but, i made dough and gave it a shot. well it isn't as hard as i thought it would be. kneading is a challenge i did it. i guess that anything is possible. i have all ways enjoyed making bread and i guess i always will. just remember don't say you can't unless you have giving you task a try. happy cooking. and remember you secret ingredient, is love, and enjoyment.

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    norir | 01/09/2012

    I've recently started baking breads and buns again - I used to bring fresh buns to every dinner party I went to and they were always a hit! I love trying new recipes!

  • nhernandez15 | 01/09/2012

    My first attempt at any kind of bread baking was a batch of dinner rolls to eat on New Year's Eve. They were so delicious and easier than I thought, which makes me think that 2012 should be my year of experimenting with baking bread. I'm looking forward to the wonderful smell and warm, fresh-baked goodness!

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