Throughout our marriage (we just passed the thirteen-year mark!), my husband and I have enjoyed baking and distributing cookies to friends and neighbors. We loved baking and delivering them, and it was fun for the whole family.
A few years ago when our eating took a turn for the healthier, our cookie baking fizzled out. I didn't keep eggs and butter around anymore. It was hard to find recipes that tasted "normal" enough to share.
But slowly I have found that a new item is replacing the cookies, not by design, but by evolution: bread.
Lately when I make up our favorite French bread recipe (which I have now mastered in various percentages of whole wheat, up to 100), I make double. Instead of forming four French loaves from that massive amount of dough, I form six boules.
Today I was too lazy to grind more wheat, so it was made from almost all white flour. I didn't think we'd need six loaves, but I have found that if I make them, we always find something good to do with them.
- One to eat hot
- One (still hot!) for the neighbors
- One for a church friend just out of the hospital
- One to dry out for Caesar salad croutons
- One to have with dinner
- One for a family from church