There is nothing wrong with a bread machine and a box of bread mix. But a Spring Break staycation can give you the opportunity to bake a wonderful homemade loaf of artisanal bread, and that’s a satisfying thing to do.
Whether you’ve never baked bread or you want to up your game, there are some great online sources for bread baking know-how:
- King Arthur Flour has an awesome blog. It contains their most popular recipe ever — whole wheat sandwich bread. With step by step photos guiding you through the process, this recipe should give you a successful baking experience and a loaf for sandwiches by lunchtime.
- The Art of Manliness has a thorough discussion of the how and why of bread baking, with a couple of manly recipes for first time bread bakers, to boot.
- Serious Eats has a post on the science of bread baking, since we know you’re wondering about that. You’ll find a basic recipe, too.
- Feeling serious? Take an online artisanal bread class.
- Clear, basic recipe and instructions, all on one page
Bake that bread
As maker activities go, baking bread is cheap and easy. But you may also find that one simple loaf leads you to hone your skills and enjoy a lifetime of peaceful breadmaking. Good homemade bread is far and away better than what you can buy in the store. Even in these days of gluten avoidance, baking is a valuable skill.
And a fun Spring Break activity even if you only want to do it once.
Baking bread from scratch takes quite a while, but the hands-on time is limited. That means that you can catch up on This is Us, enjoy a few chapters of your current novel, or sip a Mai Tai by the pool, all while accomplishing something pretty impressive.