Over the course of the semester, I have learned so much about making bread and working with yeast! Whats even better, is that I got to eat a lot of delicious bread while doing it! If it wasn’t for ECMP 355, I never would have been able to complete a project like this. Being able to pass off something you actually enjoy as homework – now that’s something I could get on board with!
I started out with some basics: white bread, buns, etc. I found that recipes differ very much from each other and it is important which recipe you chose. Then I moved into recipes that required a bit more difficulty. Then, nearing the end of the semester, when I circled back to the beginning of my journey and remade some of the basics, I was way more successful. I think this for 2 reasons. Number one, the recipes I used definitely had an impact on how my baking turned out. Number two, I took more time and also had more practice when doing things such as shaping my buns. I also got more comfortable with manipulating recipes and making changes based on what I desired.
This learning project has benefited me greatly. I am the kind of person who thinks most things that are bought in the grocery store can be made at home. I like having the freedom to do this because I know exactly what is going into it and in turn, what is going into my body. In the past, I have made things like homemade granola, granola bars, pizza pops, etc. This has allowed me to expand what I can do at home. I also learned that real, homemade bread does not last nearly as long on the counter as store bought bread does!
This newly acquired skill is something I am going to use throughout the rest of my life. I am happy I had the opportunity to expand my learning in this area. I didn’t even realize what a valuable tool the internet could be for learning a new skill. I learned it only takes a few minutes to Google what you are looking for, a few minutes to read it, however, it may take me a little longer than that to master it.
Thanks ECMP 355 for the opportunity!
Thanks for reading; it’s been a slice!
In the future I hope to get a stand mixer than will knead the bread for me. Sigh. Maybe after I job…