i made two pots of soup and some bread yesterday... i should cook more often because it is so relaxing, for me. i know some people don't feel that way, but to be in my kitchen, alone, making food, i just don't think about all the things i should be doing, or that i have let slip, or wished i didn't do. i don't realize when i am in the throes of measuring and grabbing ingredients that i am not worried about life, it is when i am done that i am conscious i have had a reprieve. i discovered this when i was in design school, when things would get tedious, or frustrating or just plain hard, i would push my chair back and go into the kitchen and make cookies. the next day everyone in class would get them. at least then there were others to benefit from my distraction but it also meant that i didn't eat every cookie. that isn't exactly the case any longer; i mean, i still bake, but i also end up eating the results, all of the results. that is why weight watchers and i are on a first name basis.... kinda.
so anyway... this is the bread i made. i love making bread. love it. the hands on, pushing back and pulling forward of the sticky dough, flouring just a bit every time it begins to get tacky, being careful not to add too much but always wondering... this particular dough was so pretty even right out of the bowl. it was glorious by the time i was done; smooth, soft and squishy - in the way only bread dough can be. makes me damn near tear up just thinking about it...
the recipe is from 'america's test kitchen's' baking illustrated. it has milk, sugar and eggs in the dough, so it is somewhat sweeter and richer than a plain white bread, but not too much. and, there is not a lot of sugar-cinnamon in the swirl; although i love, love, love a sticky sweet cinnamon roll, this isn't like that and is quite perfect for this bread.
and yes, it was delicious too, is delicious - i haven't eaten it all..... yet.