Thursday, January 11, 2007
Breaking Bread on the Beach
I like gadgets. So one of the things I've usually put on my Consumer Fest list each year is a Bread Machine. Most of those here at home aren't that crazy about new fangled hi-tech gadgets, but they do like bread, so I've never been sure why I'd not been given a Bread Machine. Instead I would get things like pants and socks and books... So it was quite a surprise this year to discover that Santa had finally delivered the bread, so to speak.
I've been cooking up a storm since then, searching the net for recipes, scouring stores for exotic types of flour like spelt and kamut, mixing all kinds of things together to come up with something both edible and suitable as an heirloom item to pass along to my grandchildren when they show up. I've been really pleased with the results so far. Not a single door stopper yet!
I'm not sure it will fit into the kayak, but if it did, imagine waking up to a rosy sunrise, the sound of lapping water and the aroma of fresh bread, hot coffee... I'm looking up some ways of having it make dough which I could freeze and then bake en route using a Dutch oven set-up. I'm not sure anything like that exists, but imagine how great it would be if it does. Ideas, anyone? I've already got toutons on the list for next summer!