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Make a Resolution to Bake Your Own Bread

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of Simply Great Breads

Leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of Simply Great Breads

By Robyn Doyon-Aitken, Web producer

December 28th, 2011

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!

posted in: Blogs, baking, bread, new year's resolutions
Comments (152)

akrccj writes: 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! Posted: 3:53 pm on January 10th

djcooks writes: 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. Posted: 5:35 am on January 10th

norir writes: 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! Posted: 1:56 pm on January 9th

nhernandez15 writes: 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!
Posted: 7:22 am on January 9th

EmilyR writes: I've been wanting to get more into bread for ages, the prices at the store are so high, but the quality is so low, plus full of preservatives and things I can't pronounce! Maybe this book would be the kick in the pants that I need =) Posted: 8:58 pm on January 8th

mamooP writes: I make four loaves of homemade combination whole wheat, white, and whole grain bread for my family of seven every weekend, and we all love it. Fresh out of the oven, nothing can beat homemade bread. We live in BC Canada and a loaf of decent bread here costs between $4-$5! Outrageous! So when we send the kids to school with %100 organic natural homemade bread in their sandwiches, and it saves us money, it's a no brainer. My second eldest daughter has recently taken up baking and last Sunday she and I made mini baguettes from the fine cooking site! OMG soooo good. I had no idea we could make French bread that tasted that good in our own oven! Would love to win a copy of this book to explore and encourage her enjoyment of baking. What a great gift to give her as she moves out into the world and eventually has a family of her own to nourish, educate, and care for. Posted: 8:25 pm on January 8th

newcookinny writes: I have always been afraid to bake bread (what a wimp!). This book looks wonderful, and I am going to try the cinnamon-swirl raisin bread recipe. Looks yummy. Posted: 9:12 am on January 8th

npersons writes: This is so well-timed. I'm on winter break and just bought a bunch of good flours so I could resume breadmaking as I used to do years ago. Posted: 4:10 pm on January 7th

Chrissy921 writes: I am so inspired! Despite being an avid cook, I've yet to make homemade bread. Off to the store to buy some active yeast!! Thank you for the wonderful article and recipe! Posted: 2:11 pm on January 7th

JTB_in_NC writes: I love baking homemade bread - I love the way it makes the house smell, the way it tastes, everything about it (except waiting for it to be done!) Posted: 11:09 am on January 7th

Pielove writes: I made this raisin bread and it is just great-- wicked awesome as we say back east. I need to make some for my dad-- he loves raisins and no other recipe has enough for him, but this one should really satisfy even him. I have been enjoying raisin toast all week. I might try it without raisins for my inclusion-averse kid, or I might not-- sorry kid, this one is just for mommy.

I have been baking extensively from Peter Reinhardt's Artisan Bread Every Day-- the convenience of having dough in the refrigerator can't be beat. My sourdough starter, named "Bob the Bubbler" needs more exercise, so my resolution for this year is to bake more sourdough! ...And to make that raisin bread just a couple more times-- maybe perfect my spiral. Sorry kid, mommy likes raisins. Posted: 9:38 pm on January 6th

Burge writes: I have Daniel's Bread Alone as my first bread book. Although I have many other loose recipes for breads there is nothing like a book staring back at you, daring you to make a choice or rounding out your knowledge. I'm baking bread today for a fondue party we are to attend tomorrow. I rarely buy bread from the store and only eat bread in restaurants if it is looks too good to miss out on. Posted: 4:52 pm on January 6th

Blackbb2 writes: I have just retired. I would like to start learning to bake my own bread. Making my own would be more healthier, and not using preservations that store-brand has.

I would like to make wheat and rye bread and his book would help me in learning the process and the right way to make bread. Also, I'm sure that his book has other good breads that I don't know about.

I have made some yeast bread in the past but haven't done any other baking.

I am looking forward to my retirement and learning to bake bread. And giving the bread away to people who need it and can't afford to buy any. We have a Christian Ministry here in my hometown that I could make and donate bread each week. Posted: 12:40 pm on January 6th

LaneHogger writes: I love to bake, and my cookbook library reflects it! (I have Daniel Leader's
Bread Alone, and recommend it highly. ) This year I'd like to try more exotic fare like sourdough, bagels, and tortillas. (I just looked yesterday, and my old tortilla
press is still in the kitchen cabinet!) Posted: 12:22 pm on January 6th

rozon543 writes: Many years ago when I was at home with my toddler (now 37) I learned to make homemade breads. One of my favorite recipes was for a french loaf. I never told my husband it made two loaves as there was only one when he got home for dinner! Bread machine came and sat, now want to get back to many homemade things and this raisin bread looks like a great start. Thanks fine cooking for so many wonderful recipes and inspiration. Now where is that recipe for the french bread? lol Posted: 11:32 am on January 6th

reader writes: I've recently started to making more homemade bread and am really enjoying it. It just tastes so much better. I also find it very relaxing and rewarding. Posted: 7:59 pm on January 5th

leaftea98 writes: This past year I've learned to work around the idiosyncratic behavior of my oven. For 2012, I plan to manage my refrigerator space better so there is room available for bread dough when needed. Posted: 3:01 pm on January 5th

kkcarb writes: I hadn't thought about bread-baking as one of my resolutions this year until I saw this article. I love to make hearty soups in the winter and nothing tastes better or smells better than freshly baked homemade bread. Forget low carb and pass the butter!! Posted: 12:27 pm on January 5th

239 writes: Can (any of) these recipes be made in a Zojirushi bread machine?
Thx. Posted: 11:40 am on January 5th

oxcroft writes: Posted: 11:40 am on January 5th

oxcroft writes: I'm not too good at baking bread but I did try this raisin bread found it very interesting to put together.mine came out somewhat a bit heavy but not sad. it looked just like the picture and tasted good. really great toasted with tons of butter I'm Thinking my yeast could have been fresher so I.m going to try it again with fresh yeast and see what happens Plus I've been watching the vidio on making bread I have been doing it all wrong so from now on I expect better results thank you for tha great raisin bread Jean Posted: 11:39 am on January 5th

lenpat1018 writes: When I was younger I didn't appriciate the wonderfull almost artistic types of breads. Now that I am older and much wiser I love homemade bread. The taste, differnt textures, and the chew. Its as close to sex as you can get without being too weired!!!!!! Posted: 9:02 am on January 5th

ChrisAndMarty writes: Well, this post certainly brought me back full circle! Many years ago I baked my own bread, and then as life became more complicated I went to a bread machine. As expedient as that was, it was just never brought the same kind of satisfaction. My New Year's resolution is to find ways to slow my life down enough to enjoy some of the little things that used to bring me peace and fulfillment. Your raisin bread recipe caught my attention and I knew this is one of "the little things" I'll need to incorporate. Thank you for the inspiration! Posted: 9:58 pm on January 4th

biggirlshavefun writes: I love the smell of homemade bread, especially cinnamon raisin. Unfortunately I've been lazy in 2011, I go to my local baker and pick up his fresh loafs, and proceed to toast them every morning with my coffee. I just can't get enough..

So this year I pledge to put on my apron, dust up my cutting board, and dive in an make BREAD!!!

I love all types of breads, herb, cheese, french, fancy, plain, different.. The possibilities are endless...

So I'm hoping in 2012.. I can make a name for my self as the back door bread lady, because believe me - I'll be sharing my loafs and morning coffee, with my neighbors...

Happy Bread Making (2012) Posted: 6:21 pm on January 4th

mamcleodmn writes: Although I used to bake homemade bread regularly and loved it, I've gotten away from that practice and would love to start back. This book looks like a good encouragement to follow through on my intention. Thanks.
Posted: 5:47 pm on January 4th

RenaissanceWoman writes: A warm kitchen and the smell of fresh baked bread - what more can a person ask for. Breadmaking is one of the ways that I can relax and just let the day flow on. The recipie for the raisen bread is a "must make." Posted: 2:53 pm on January 4th

SilksWithAttitude writes: I've mastered basic artisan breads and one of my 2012 Resolutions (I know, dirty word) is to expand my repertoire to flatbreads, stuffed breads and more creative endeavors.

As a visual artist, baking is one creative outlet I love and of course, I am concerned that the results are visually appealing. The cover of this book has me salivating! Posted: 2:00 pm on January 4th

duchessecheko writes: I love homemade bread and am looking forward to finding some time to try out this raisin bread recipe. Posted: 11:25 am on January 4th

mjwe writes: The cinnamon raisin bread looks delicious-can't wait to try it. I've been making bread (sourdough and yeast) regularly for 20+ years. In the last couple of years I've been trying new and different recipes to expand and improve my baking. Just recently read about Dan Leader's bakery and books. Sounds like his books are among the best. Posted: 10:29 am on January 4th

lzp1 writes: There is nothing better than the smell and taste of homemade bread. Living in a rural area in a major wheat producing state, one would think there would be bakeries featuring artisinal breads and lovely baked goods. Although the grocery chains do provide "homestyle" breads, they are feeble imitations at best. Many breads (such as challah) are simply not available here. I have been baking breads for years by hand and machine. I can control the ingredients and am not limited by what the grocery chain provides. I would love to add this book to my collection. Posted: 10:03 am on January 4th

jbmd writes: OmiGOSH! Stayed up late (on a SCHOOL night!) making this amazing cinnamon bread...YUMYUMYUMyumYUM!Had gotten in a rut, making the same ol, same ol. SO great to have a new loaf to try! Only drawback? My middle-schooler claimed he could NOT fall asleep, for the aroma drifting upstairs! Please send MORE! I love to cook and bake, but was always so intimidated by B.R.E.A.D. These pics and instructions made this e.a.s.y. Thank you, THANK YOU. Posted: 1:12 am on January 4th

MichaelHenderson writes: I love raisin bread. I'll give this recipe a try. Posted: 11:10 pm on January 3rd

Cindy101 writes: Nothing quite like a warm aromatic loaf or baguette drenched in luxurious sweet butter and homemade apricot preserves, savored with a hot latte on the side! Posted: 10:52 pm on January 3rd

Diane_in_MN writes: I started making my own bread about fifteen years ago and now very rarely buy bread. My husband likes rye, and I make several variations on rye and pumpernickel, as well as white and whole wheat loaves and assorted dinner and sweet rolls. One day's breadmaking produces one loaf to eat now and another loaf or rolls for the freezer. And there's nothing like fresh homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast. For the (usually) minimal amount of effort required to make bread, the payback in terms or flavor and quality is terrific. Posted: 10:44 pm on January 3rd

AKHITK66 writes: I've never been much of a baker but have absolutely loved the tastes & textures of freshly baked goods. I think I'll try this cinnamon swirl raisin bread bread 1st! Mmmmm! Posted: 9:47 pm on January 3rd

MichalG writes: Great memories of eating freshly baked bread at a neighbors home, but never really tried making it myself. Now that I have more time available, I am going to try to obtain success with yeast breads. I've enjoyed baking since I was quite young, just never had the patience to try yeast bread! Posted: 9:41 pm on January 3rd

smartblonde writes: Bread has always been one of my favorites - from the homemade bread my mother made when I was young, to my great aunt's homemade rolls, and rolls another great aunt would get from a local bakery for Thanksgiving that were an annual treat. Now, aside from the happy memories and just the enjoyment of baking itself, I like that when you make something at home, you have control over not only the ingredients themselves but also the quality of the ingredients. Posted: 9:38 pm on January 3rd

dewbaker writes: i haven't made bread from scratch since i was a very young teenager. at that time, it turned out pretty great. haven't done it since then and now that i'm 35+ years older have found that making your own bread is so much better and fun at the same time. looking forward to baking bread again :) Posted: 9:35 pm on January 3rd

vino_fiendo writes: My strongest connection to homemade Bread is from my childhood: My dear Mom would regularly make French bread in the classic fairly thick Baton shape from scratch. The house would always fill with that distinctive yeasty bread-like aroma... heavenly... always made me and my brother salivate. Indeed, we would practically hover about as soon as as it came out of the oven accompanied by a gentle but quite firm "WAIT - a word to the wise is sufficient, n'est-ce-pas?" from Mom. When it had sufficiently cooled we would slather on fresh sweet cream butter from the dairy farm across the street... nothing to this day quite compares. Alas, her health is slowly failing her and she has not done so in years so I would like to 'pick up the baton' so-to-speak and start to make some for her - so this book would lend inspiration and guidance.
-Marc Posted: 9:32 pm on January 3rd

colehour writes: Just started baking bread and was surprised at how easy it was, although the "zen" of bread-making takes time and practice (as with other specialties). But now I have the "bug"...going to be trying lots of bread recipes this year, and this cinnamon loaf will be one of the first! Posted: 9:11 pm on January 3rd

ailim writes: Home made bread is healthy and you can control what you add or delete. Cinnamon swirl is the perfect try for brunch treat for my church friends. Posted: 8:51 pm on January 3rd

eyecookmichele writes: Baking bread has always been a big part of our family's history beginning with my grandmother who worked at a bakery where she made bread on a daily basis. Then on the weekends she would bake bread at home. One of my favorite childhood memories is of Saturday mornings at my grandparent's house when they would make homemade bread and rolls. The house always smelled wonderful and once the bread was finished we would use the dough "scraps" to make fried fritters sprinkled with sugar. Although I have their recipe I haven't baked bread from scratch, just in a breadmaker. However, I'd love to continue the family tradition of homemade breadmaking. Posted: 8:32 pm on January 3rd

DowntonCooks writes: I learned to bake bread from my grandmother years ago and while I spend more time these days making desserts, the smell of bread making rekindles memories of her and the hard times her generation faced. I am at home while job hunting so can tend to bread throughout the day...working out stress punching dough and getting a great result is a rewarding feeling. Bread making is great therapy for everyone. Posted: 8:12 pm on January 3rd

flamingredd writes: I do a lot of pastry baking, and candy making, but only a little bread making. I know how to make bread, and I enjoy it almost as much as making pastry ;)....though my bread is never quite as good as my pastry or other sweet baked goods.

I think I just need more inspiration, ideas, good instructions, and a gentle push! Posted: 7:43 pm on January 3rd

Edris writes: Cuddling up to a batch of freshly baked warm bread certainly sounds good to me. Posted: 7:25 pm on January 3rd

iliao93 writes: My son was raised on home made bread, I baked it fresh every other day. When he was grown and moved on his own I lost the motivation to bake. I want to get back to a wonderful and healthy activity and I think this book would be a great way to get going! Posted: 5:41 pm on January 3rd

DawnP writes: I already make several different breads, but I need to add more to my repetoire for more variety, especially those with novel whole grains. Posted: 5:35 pm on January 3rd

gjstl writes: My mother was not an enthusiastic cook and typical of the 50's used a lot of convenience foods including Wonder Bread. But she encouraged me when I wanted to experiment with cooking. I started baking bread as a teen when I made a Swedish Tea Ring for Christmas morning. I baked a lot when young but time seems to run away as you get older and I haven't baked bread much for years. This Cinnamon Raisin bread is a lot like how I started. I'm going to bake it tomorrow! Posted: 5:35 pm on January 3rd

cynrivera writes: As a teenager I would make bread for my family. My Dad would be ready with a knife and butter as my loves came out of the oven. The smile on his face made all the work worth it!

The cover of this book makes me want to pull out my pans and get to work. Posted: 5:33 pm on January 3rd

bluestocking writes: There's something elemental about bread- we can eat it on its own at every meal, we can use it as an ingredient in other dishes, it has an almost infinite number of ways to be presented. We use it in religious ceremonies and also for hedonistic culinary pleasures! I didn't come from a family of bread bakers but have been trying to improve my skills for years. I don't consider myself a skilled bread baker- all the cookbooks I have to the contrary!- but the great thing about baking bread is that even if it doesn't come out like an artisan loaf you can still eat and enjoy the results! Posted: 5:27 pm on January 3rd

clomuto writes: I've been baking most of my bread for my family for about two years now. I love it! My resolution is to expand my repertoire. I'll start with the cinnamon swirl bread recipe. I always have trouble with gaps above the swirl, so I'll give this new recipe a whirl! Posted: 4:46 pm on January 3rd

DLouie writes: My mother always baked our bread when we were growing up, by taking a bit of this and a pinch of that. I'd love to be able to follow her lead. This book would be a good start. Thanks! Posted: 4:44 pm on January 3rd

Miss_Attitude writes: Bread making is my kind of baking. I rather bake breads than cakes, cookies and pies. If I ignored overeating problem, this is a great resolution. Posted: 4:41 pm on January 3rd

amazincinc writes: In 1991 I received Bernard Clayton's bread cookbook. I resolved to learn to bake breads for my friends and family. I began on page 1 and baked every loaf (and rolls) in the book. I gained about 40 pounds! I'd love to have Mr. Leader's book to add to my collection. Now that I have acquired some self-discipline, I believe I can bake from his book, poundage-free. Send me the book and I'll report on every recipe from the very first to the very last one in the book! Posted: 4:35 pm on January 3rd

jdigi writes: The smell of home made bread is joy at its most basic. I would like to try baking bread using different flours: whole wheat, rye, etc. And the "rustic" breads look fascinating and tasty. Posted: 3:34 pm on January 3rd

auntmarycooks writes: One of my New Year's resolutions is to learn how to bake more breads and pastries from scratch. I like the idea of knowing what goes into the food my family eats, avoiding the additives and preservatives of processed foods. Posted: 3:18 pm on January 3rd

munchingaway writes: I love sourdough bread and am feeling inspired to make my own with a wild yeast starter. I am trying to convert my whole family to only homebaked products. It's amazing the amount of junk and sugars that are in even seemingly healthy store bought breads but people's taste buds seem to have accepted that soft, crustless, flavorless store bought stuff as good. I'm determined to change the minds of those in my house! Posted: 2:09 pm on January 3rd

maides writes: The cinnamon -raisin bread looks just delicious and all the other breads in the book look wonderful!!. i love to bake bread and bake all the bread used for communion in our church.Would love to receive the book to broaden my recipes for bread! hugs to all! Posted: 1:48 pm on January 3rd

JanisCort writes: I would like to learn how to make a crusty sour dough bread. I have not been baking bread but I would really like to do this again. I am also looking for a good oatmeal bread recipe. Posted: 1:19 pm on January 3rd

bettyjoyboop writes: This sounds wonderful, will try making for my family, then try to make it gluten free. There's nothing like fresh baked bread. Posted: 1:11 pm on January 3rd

jd4461 writes: There's nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through the kitchen right before it is ready to come out of the oven. Why don't I make bread more often? Everyone loves it, I am in control of the ingredients... this is the year to experiment and make bread making a habit, not an anomaly! Posted: 1:07 pm on January 3rd

allmomsrule writes: love to bake bread but still can't quite get it right at alltitude(Colorado) and resort to using a bread maker, would love to get back to making my bread without the machine. Posted: 12:52 pm on January 3rd

Sgt2 writes: Cinnamon-swirl raisin bread, toasted and buttered -- there is nothing more heavenly. I will bake this weekend, for sure! Posted: 12:48 pm on January 3rd

ruth_hd writes: I used to bake all my own bread, but then between work and family time seemed to get away from me. This year I'm making food more of a priority again and tha means we're getting back in to fresh homemade breads. One of my favorite things about baking bread is the wonderful smell that permeates the house. That heavenly scent coupled with the knowledge that I know exactly I what my family is eating is so satisfying. Posted: 12:02 pm on January 3rd

savannagal writes: I've been itching to make bread for some time now. I even took a bread baking class last year. I tried making a loaf of bread about 25 years ago, maybe longer. It was as hard as a football and completely inedible. I've haven't tried baking bread since then. I've collected recipes and even bought a couple books, but I'm still intimidated. I hate to waste anything, so I just don't try. But bakery bread is so good compared with the pablum at the grocery store that I really need to get over my fear. Practice makes perfect, right? Posted: 11:53 am on January 3rd

HEMM writes: I have tried baking bread in the past, but it is not the marvelously chewy and flavorful stuff of a good bakery. I'd love to learn how to make bread worth taking the time to make. Posted: 11:52 am on January 3rd

Kilala writes: I have been struggling to make homemade bread this past year. I always seem to have something go wrong. This year I am determined to become not only a successful baker, but a great one. I am tired of yuckie store bought breads. If I don't win this book, I will ask for it for my birthday. I won't stop trying. Thanks! Posted: 11:45 am on January 3rd

sp1ke writes: Could never find a sourdough bread that we liked for toasting, so I made a starter last year and have been enjoying GREAT toast every morning. This cinnamon bread recipe has inspired me to venture out and try new bread recipes this new year. Thanks for the motivation. Posted: 11:18 am on January 3rd

ckach writes: taking time out of a crazy hectic schedule and baking some bread is my kinda therapy. Not that time consuming, just enough focusing on the recipe to break from the day, cheaper than some of te alternatives, and you get a great loaf of bread as a reward at the end! I think the recipes in this book would inspire any baker, from never made bread to the seasoned baker Posted: 11:17 am on January 3rd

Glibly writes: The wonderful aroma of fresh baked bread reminds me of my mother's kitchen when I was growing up on the 60's. Thankfully she passed on her baking skills to me and I promised myself that this would be the year that I start baking my own bread. Posted: 11:14 am on January 3rd

Golf_Diva writes: This is a wonderful book,and the raisin loaf is delicious. I started baking as a child, I love to read cookbooks and bake bread for the family. This book is by far one of the greats. Thank you. Posted: 11:08 am on January 3rd

cacaonut writes: There is NOTHING better than the smell of baking bread! Posted: 10:57 am on January 3rd

Annsun writes: I have baked bread for as long as I can remember. Today, I never buy bread to the joy of my child and my husband. I bake a loaf of bread for sanwiches every other day and experiment with other types as well. My baguettes are a big hit ! I am so happy to have inspired numerous friends to start baking bread. Yes, it takes time but once you get used to the time it will take, it is easy and it saves money too !I was inspired by my norwegian grandmother who loved to bake bread. Start baking bread ! Posted: 10:55 am on January 3rd

Annek writes: I never bought a loaf of bread till I was 28. Baking bread every week was almost therapy for me. The soft/silk feel of the flour, the mesmerizing kneading, and the smell, oh the smell of freshly baked bread. I stopped for another 28 years and just started again in December, baking breads for Christmas parties, holiday meals and for the freezer. Baking has brought me back a wonderful part of my life. Posted: 10:54 am on January 3rd

Nettynet writes: I've been getting an urge and inspiration to make my own breads again. It's been a long time, but there is something so satisfying about pulling a lovely loaf of homemade bread from the oven. Posted: 10:53 am on January 3rd

D4Mac writes: We have been trying to go back to the way we used to do things. For many years we always made bread from scratch. It is tastier, better for you and gives you a great sense of accomplishment. This year we have set a goal of making our own bread as we did in the past. Your post inspired me further and prompted me to make a comment. Thanks. Posted: 10:48 am on January 3rd

bkrgrll writes: Baking is truly rewarding..... many people enjoy eating the results of your efforts... but nothing beats the smell of your house as you are making fresh bread... from the smell of the yeast fermeting to the smell of the bread as it is baking. The only things more appealing, is the smiles on the faces of those you love when they are eating fresh from the oven bread with their favorite topping, whether it is just good old fashioned butter, or the childhood classic of peanut butter with jam or honey. Posted: 10:47 am on January 3rd

relax writes: Made brioche for New Year Day. Have never made bread, the cover of this book makes me think of a boulangerie. YUM! Good bread is like eating cake. Posted: 10:44 am on January 3rd

carolynnhartley writes: One of my 2012 resolutions is to learn how to bake breat AT HIGH ALTITUDE--7000 FEET. From what I have heard it is not easy to get good texture and density. Wish me luck. Send pointers. Posted: 10:41 am on January 3rd

TheSheltieMom writes: I love this resolution! I had made that same one after trying one more bakery's artisan bread! It has been years, but bread baking, for me, used to be one of the most rewarding baking activities. I found that no matter what my mood at the beginning, once the bread went into the oven and the smell began filling the house, my heart warmed and I felt much more at peace. Then, I had the opportunity to practice my patience virtue while the bread cooled enough to cut! Oh, warm bread with butter or olive oil! Sigh. Thank you for encouraging me to get going again! Posted: 10:38 am on January 3rd

denisef writes: This is the best kind of resolution; you can't lose when you make breads that taste great and are great for you. I am always amazed how easy the process is and I just juggle it around the day's schedule. I look forward to experimenting with new and perfecting old recipes... bake on! Posted: 10:34 am on January 3rd

Simplylee writes: 2011 was the year that I started making bread on a regular basis. 2012 is the year that I plan to go all out and become a "baker". Posted: 10:23 am on January 3rd

bajacandi writes: The vERY BEST times of my life beginning at about 5 years old were baking and cookinjg with my Grandmother. She made EVERYTHING from scratch. I still cook everything I can from scratch but the baking has fallen to the wayside. I have baked bread recently and was very pleased with the feeling I got and the finished eats. It reminded me of my Grandma again. I'm all set to open a B&B and with all of the wonderful new recipes for baked goods I am tingling with the possibilities!!! Posted: 10:20 am on January 3rd

amoa writes: As I try to cut more commercially processed foods out of my diet, baking my own bread is becoming habit. I can't wait to check out the new recipes on your site (and in this new book) Thanks for your help.
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hmarnold writes: Perfect Timing! I started experimenting with pizza dough last fall and wanted to move on to baking breads. I actually thought this weekend that I need a great recipe for bread for french toast and this sounds yummy! Posted: 10:07 am on January 3rd

jyang949 writes: Breads I miss: New York treats such as the round, crusty loaf from D&G, the impossibly fluffy challah from Kiev restaurant, and oval loaves from Zito's. Posted: 10:00 am on January 3rd

Tallgirl868 writes: I'm so going to try this recipe. My children love cinnamon bread in the morning before going to school. I make all types of desserts from scratch and have never really tried making bread. For the exception of banana, pumpkin, zucchini bread. I have mastered candy making, cakes, cookies, cupcakes it is about time I try bread making.
I have a wish list of breads I have wanted to make for years, this will be my baking challenge for the year to make a great loaf of bread. Posted: 9:52 am on January 3rd

cucina1 writes: I love to bake! Now I'm helping my grandchildren know the joy of making it yourself. It is one of the most satisfying things on earth, to make bread. Thanks for the opportunity. Posted: 9:51 am on January 3rd

grannyp writes: Who can resist the aroma's of fresh bread baking. Your recipes made me want to start today and bake more homemade bread. I love bakery bread. It can not be beat.Your recipes look simple and wonderful. Can't wait to staart, Cinnamon-raisin first! Posted: 9:50 am on January 3rd

ejgiese writes: I happily baked much of our bread in 2011, however I'd like to improve my technique. The cinnamon-raisin loaf in the photo looks delicious, and I'm still on the hunt for a great oat/wheat sandwich bread.

Posted: 9:48 am on January 3rd

colleenanne writes: AWESOME book! Baking bread is my favorite thing to do! Posted: 9:36 am on January 3rd

Jencooks writes: I love the smell of fresh bread in the morning. Now that the temps are dropping, I'm in the mood to bake more bread. Posted: 9:34 am on January 3rd

carphila writes: They tell me you can't make really good bread here where I live. The reason is because of the water they tell me!!!
WHY???? I have to prove them wrong!!! This book could help I'm sure. Sometimes people look for a reason not to do things maybe that is the real reason!!!
Oh well on to my good bread quest-----HERE IN FLORIDA Posted: 9:34 am on January 3rd

cynthia_Mack writes: I love bread. And yet, even though I have a bread machine, I don't make it often enough. I would love to get back into the groove again. There's nothing better then home made anything. Maybe this is the year, 2012. Love your magazine. Posted: 9:18 am on January 3rd

cab1213 writes: I've always been intimidated, yet intrigued by making homemade bread. I've made a few loaves with minimal success and am adding it to my 'to do' list for 2012 so I can try to master it!!! Posted: 9:16 am on January 3rd

levinfried writes: Funny to see how many of us make challah for Friday night. I have given each of my children a bread machine at age 21 so they too can make their own challah. Unfortunately, I rarely bake any other bread despite the fact that I love homemade bread more than almost any other food. My best memories from college include hot bread from the oven with butter and honey. I would to use this book to inspire me to get back to baking breads regularly! Posted: 9:00 am on January 3rd

cabinwoman writes: I have made bread for fifty years and still do. I have evolved from a hand kneading fanatic to using my processor which is quick and easy but still use my stand mixer and two hands for some recipes. I really appreciate the bread books that give alternate methods and indicate why and which are preferred. Posted: 8:58 am on January 3rd

weetee writes: My resolution for bread-baking in 2012 actually began a couple of weeks before New Year because I have now been baking my own loaves-from-scratch for about a month. It is SO rewarding (not to mention delicious) that I know I will have NO problem sustaining this commitment. I've used a variety of books - all to excellent effect and have experienced a tremendous increase in my confidence and ability to work with all kinds of leavening agents - from yeast, to various pre-ferments and even sourdough. Baking is FUN - not to mention a neighborly activity, as I bake more than my husband and I can consume, so am regularly delivering fresh bread to my neighbors. My holiday gifts were all wonderful sweet loaves. I look forward so much to this year of bread-baking and the acquisition of this wonderful, ancient, and deeply sustaining skill! Posted: 8:57 am on January 3rd

Dees_Kitchen writes: Love this book! would love to have a copy to help me in my big quest over the next few months: teaching my teenage daughter to bake her own bread. She wants to become 'head bread baker' at her college co-op, and so I am teaching her the basics, so she can wow the hungry college crowd... Last week was a basic sponge-method whole wheat, this week will be Anadama bread... would love to expand my own repertoire AND hers! .... thanks for this lead... Posted: 8:49 am on January 3rd

judych writes: I bake challah every friday but somehow never manage to make anything else. This is inspiring me to expand my repertoire and bake more bread. Posted: 8:33 am on January 3rd

VABAKER writes: I bake my own bread regularly. I even grind my own wheat. Baking bread is definitely a life-style choice, but I've found it's one that you can work into the nooks and crannies of your time-starved day. You must understand the science of yeast and the affects temperature has on it. That, a good bread making book, and a little tolerance for mistakes are all you need to get started! Posted: 8:18 am on January 3rd

8nos8 writes: I have never made bread from sctatch. The only bread I used to make when married was with a bread machine. The results were always enjoyed but I felt something was missing. After looking at your slideshow I think I know what that was. The ability/knowledge of making bread myself! I will strive to make more items from scratch in 2012! Posted: 8:14 am on January 3rd

souperjess writes: My new year's resolution is to make challah on Fridays--hoping I can follow through! Maybe every other week :-) Posted: 8:10 am on January 3rd

TheMomChef writes: I resolved to make more bread after my dinner knots from your magazine turned out so perfectly. I was thrilled that I had finally made a good yeast bread. Not I want to continuing honing those skills. Thanks for the giveaway! Posted: 8:07 am on January 3rd

Thumper60 writes: There is nothing better than the aroma of homemade bread...I'm teaching my granddaughters this art! Posted: 8:05 am on January 3rd

Tuatha2 writes: Bread is so symbolic of life, what better way to immerse yourself in the pleasure of living than to create warm, inviting, beautiful smelling breads that not only feed your body but also comfort and feed your soul! Posted: 8:02 am on January 3rd

TammaLamba writes: Baking Bread - it's my therapy! There is nothing like the feel of silky dough as you work it into magical shapes that will impress your husband, family, and friends. It's my very creative outlet and I am so glad to share the joy of a fresh baked loaf with people. Can't wait to make this beautiful-looking cinnamon loaf. I can almost smell the yeast working right now! Posted: 8:01 am on January 3rd

katebr writes: My mom has always baked delicious homemade bread. This recipe may just be the jumpstart I needed!! :) Posted: 7:56 am on January 3rd

ChocolateChipster writes: I'm going to try this recipe...I think it will beat going to
Panera's for their Cinnamon Raisin Bread!! This looks so
beautiful - Thank You!! Posted: 7:50 am on January 3rd

Sandypo writes: I have tried to make bread (and even took a challah making course) but the art of getting my bread to rise successfully continues to elude me. I resolve to try again in 2012! Posted: 7:46 am on January 3rd

imagigi writes: I do make some bread but have always used a
bread machine.Hope i brave enought o do it the real way. Posted: 7:45 am on January 3rd

shanthz writes: I love to bake breads and the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through the house....nothing compares to the taste and smell of homemade bread. Posted: 7:45 am on January 3rd

ccreecy writes: If you know how to cook, people will admire you. But if you bake, especially with yeast, people will look at you with awe. "But you have to be so exact." "But there's no margin for error." "But it takes all day." As someone who's begun baking bread late in life, I wish everyone would try it and and find out how easy it can be, and how much fun, and what a tremendous variety of interesting flavors and textures await them for experimentation. Posted: 7:39 am on January 3rd

shanley13 writes: Baking bread is definitely one of the next big challenges I want to take on in the kitchen this year! Posted: 7:27 am on January 3rd

Maggiemay602 writes: Part of my 2012 resolution is to eat more soup - especially soups laden with veggies. So hand in hand with that is some good bread! This book would help me a lot towards that resolution! Posted: 7:25 am on January 3rd

jdmurillo writes: Its not a New Years resalution for me because the bug started for me when I read the article, and then watched the video on the knotted dinner rolls. Then I was the one off on a roll... Posted: 7:25 am on January 3rd

RobbieM writes: I love baking breads and trying new recipes. The cinnamon raisin bread recipe sounds delicious and is one I certainly will try today. Posted: 7:15 am on January 3rd

pasta writes:
When I still had children at home I made bread several times a week and still make bread for company. Now that there is just the two of us I rarely make bread for us. However, I do make biscuits and softer yeast rolls that I can freeze and use as needed. I would love to start experimenting with the artesian breads even though they have a short shelf life. Posted: 7:09 am on January 3rd

deep1084 writes: I made this resolution two years ago and never looked back. I have only bought a couple of loaves of bread since then. I found a sourdough bread recipe that has become my staple, but also enjoy experimenting and making other breads, English muffins and bagels. There is a great home baking bread community out there and I have learned a lot. Even the flops are edible! Such a fun and nutritious hobby! It makes me happy to know the ingredients that are in the bread I eat are healthy and I am not eating a bunch of preservatives and additives. Posted: 7:06 am on January 3rd

BJellies writes: My mother used to bake homemade bread and the aroma is one of my favorite things. I have started baking bread and love searching out new recipes and techniques. Missing my mom's presence, it's another way to keep her close in my heart. Posted: 6:45 am on January 3rd

Niquej writes: As our daily staple besides rice I would love to make more of it.....My family needs to reduce our salt intake because of hypertension and bread is a great place to start! Salt is a preservative but should commercial bread have soo much? I'm definitely ON to making our own!! Kneeding dough is GREAT activity, hands on and yummy results! Posted: 6:28 am on January 3rd

chef4us writes: I do not know why I shy away from bread making, but I am going to try again, as it warms my house and my heart when I succeed! Yum! It also reminds me of childhood, as my mom baked a mean homemade bread. I can picture it steaming, with butter on it, in fact I can taste it! Posted: 6:17 am on January 3rd

nadiam1000 writes: I love to bake bread but working full time cuts into my baking time considerably. My family really enjoys it when I do make the time for it though and I do try to bake something, including bread, on the weekends. Posted: 5:50 am on January 3rd

bravecook writes: I am in New Zealand to escape the Canadian winter. My girlfriend in Auckland bakes all of her own bread, and my husband is determined that we do the same once we are home. This book would be very helpful. Posted: 4:45 am on January 3rd

BonPierce writes: I love to bake my own bread. Posted: 4:21 am on January 3rd

SlasherZA writes: I love baking and still want to start trying more in the line of bread making - this book would just help give me that boost :) Posted: 4:21 am on January 3rd

loutessler writes: I love making bread - only problem is I devour too much when I do. But this could be the year I have the willpower to only eat what I need and the time to enjoy the process of making bread.
Posted: 4:14 am on January 3rd

sonomagal writes: I just baked bread two days ago. I could really enjoy some new bread recipes and this cinnamon swirl bread looks just the thing. Can't wait to make it, and would love to have the book. Posted: 4:01 am on January 3rd

odonata writes: I have wanted to know how to make my own bread for years. This tear I am going to learn how. In the pursuit of beauty what could be more basic. Posted: 8:57 pm on January 2nd

lucyg22 writes: I bake bread about once a week. A new cookbook is always welcome. And I'm on a perennial hunt for the ideal cinnamon-raisin bread. I will definitely give this one a try. Posted: 7:51 pm on January 2nd

Hawker8xp writes: I am a struggling "want a be" bread baker. I can't seem to get the right feel for it. I love bread and always think I can do, so I keep trying. Even try to make a sour dough starter. I still hope to succeed. Posted: 7:11 pm on January 2nd

beauty0205 writes: i love baking breads and eating breads. I will definitely try the cinnamon raisin bread tomorrow. Posted: 7:05 pm on January 2nd

bandbowner writes: I love to make homemade English Muffin bread! My recipe makes 2 loaves which I love to toast and serve with homemade chunky apple butter or homemade rhubarb strawbery jam. I am anxious to try the cinnamin raisin bread. It sounds sooooo good. Will make it for our Bed and Breakfast guests. Posted: 6:40 pm on January 2nd

akrccj writes: Looks Great!! I'm going to try it tomorrow! Posted: 6:35 pm on January 2nd

WildEd writes: Looks like a great recipe. Looking forward to trying this bread.A New year is always a great time to try baking different breads. Posted: 5:40 pm on January 2nd

Gottlieb writes: My New Year's resolution is to borrow my wife's Kitchen Aid mixer and try some bread receips on my own. I love bread and there is something very special about fresh baked at home. I can't wait to try a good crusty dark bread to satisfy my winter hunger. Wish me luck! Posted: 5:16 pm on January 2nd

micksmom writes: Whether kneaded by hand, hook or not at all (the leave-it-alone artisan bread recipes) homemade bread is a real treat to make and eat. It takes time, and that's the challenge and the beauty.

I've followed the old Williams Sonoma French bread recipe and made variations on that theme for ever. (Four cups flour, 2 cups water, one tbsp yeast, 2tsp salt. TADA!) And the artisan bread recipes are fun after you tackle the intimidation factor!

Make it fun and loving. It will always taste better. Posted: 4:02 pm on January 2nd

librarylady writes: Once you have a dough hook, things fall into place. I would love to master the crusty texture of artisan bread..that's on our "to do" list for 2012. Posted: 3:33 pm on January 2nd

gmainthenorthwoods writes: Great to see folks getting back to basics. I save a bunch of money and get much better products by making my own breads. I have been baking and creating for more than 5 years. We never buy baked goods, because I am the baker. I have created several of my own bread recipes. Just get started; you won't be disappointed!! No preservatives and things that you can't pronounce the name of the additives. Just get Baking. Posted: 5:01 pm on December 30th

angusmom writes: I've been baking mine for a couple of years ... well, most of it anyway! Posted: 10:50 am on December 30th

Hondogirl writes: I love homemade bread. I've been setting my goals this year to avoid processed foods and cook more of my own. I purchased some baking stuff this year, and want to make bread more often than once or twice a year. Can't wait to see the new cookbook! Posted: 10:30 am on December 30th

TNKnitter writes: My grandfather ran a mill which made rye flour. I've loved baking all my life and breads most of all. My Christmas baking is always 4 loaves of an old family recipe and 2 dozen rolls from the other side of the family. Posted: 7:47 pm on December 29th

christyculp writes: I just bought a cast iron dutch oven and started baking the No Knead bread the NY Times raved about. So far so good, fabulous crunchy crust and soft inside. I'm looking forward to changing up the is very basic, but goes with everything. Posted: 4:27 pm on December 29th

HippoFlambe writes: I have a family favorite bread recipe for "Everday Bread Cracked Wheat Bread" that I used ot make weekly. I just need to get back into the routine of making it. Posted: 2:36 pm on December 29th

axncatsma writes: My husband bakes sourdough bread every week from a starter that is over 40 years old. I have not visited the bread aisle of the grocery store in a very long time! He has tried several types and ratios of flours -- each week is something new and always delicious. Now we want to start experimenting with it even more -- today we brought home several different grains and seeds to try to make a multi-grain loaf and are also considering using some leftover roasted butternut squash in another loaf to see how that turns out. Always fun! Posted: 2:34 pm on December 29th

Pat_L writes: My mother made bread when I was young. I fondly remember her swirled cheese bread. Last year I met a woman who makes breads for her family and her church. It rekindled my desire to make bread and I made a few loaves this year. I love the process and the aromas of bread-making. I'm not always successful but with practice I should be able to make different kinds of great tasting and beautiful breads. I great book would definitely help. Posted: 2:06 pm on December 29th

dd7 writes: I have baked bread pretty irregularly for several years. It is not the time that keeps me from doing it more often, but the results, that are seldom up to snuff. I need to find a simple recipe for a simple wheat loaf that can replace the store-bought sandwich bread. Nothing beats the smell of bread baking. There is a reason realtors recommend bread be baked before a showing. Posted: 1:50 pm on December 29th

ptbcooking writes: It has been a long time since I baked bread since I moved to Florida. Now that I am back in Texas and it is winter, I am inspired to warm up the kitchen and tummy's (mine and my friends) with some fresh baked bread. Posted: 1:39 pm on December 29th

capsaiCyn writes: Bread making is somewhat of a tradition in my family. My grandmother used to make these amazing dinner rolls, the recipe for which she passed on to my father and uncle. My father has since passed away, but my uncle still makes them at every family gathering and they are perfect every time. I've tried to make those rolls and many other bread recipes since, and while I'm usually reasonably happy with the results, I feel like the nuances of a perfect roll or loaf have so far escaped me. Maybe with more practice this year I can finally perfect my techniques, and I'm sure I can find some friends and family willing to eat all the homemade bread with us! Posted: 12:55 pm on December 29th

cooking_blue_gnu writes: The holidays always get me in the mood for baking. Or perhaps it is because I am a teacher, and I have time off and therefore the time to bake. I made cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast, and dinner rolls to accompany the ham. Then, yesterday, I found myself baking loaves of French bread to serve with beef stew, something I usually buy. The loaves were so much more delicious than I can buy and at a grocery store bakery. I am just tempted to make the baguettes I need to serve the cheese fondue we always have on New Year's Eve. I received some equipment to bake homemade bread last year at Christmas, and it really didn't happen as often as I had hoped. Perhaps I have started a bit early because I have baked more bread this December than I had all the other months of 2011 combined. Posted: 12:43 pm on December 29th

Rosie_Posie writes: As soon as the weather gets cool, baking bread starts becoming my favorite thing to do. Nothing feels more homey than bread baking, and guests love thick slices of warm bread with honey and butter. I love the adventure of it, and have baked most of the items in the slideshow, I find rye bread and brioche to be great fun. Rolls are one of my favorites, and I've stocked my pantry with all kinds of flours, seeds, and sprouts (to make sprouted breads), barley malt syrup, etc. I like to top with glazes and add seeds, etc. I find it to be greatly advantageous to read quality cookbooks, for learning, and also for ensuring the best results. I'm not that fond of internet recipes, having found out the hard way, that they aren't that reliable, no matter how many stars. Posted: 12:35 pm on December 29th

LanniB writes: I was recently inspired to start baking homemade bread by my uncle who lives in NYC and brought us an amazing loaf of bread from a famous bread bakery. As with anything, baking homemade bread is possible for anyone to learn, you just need to be patient and practice. Eventually the same bread recipe you tried a couple weeks ago that didn't come out so well will turn into something wonderful. Keep at it and good luck! Posted: 11:55 am on December 29th

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