Bread for friends

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
Looks like I need to make a triple batch if I want to have more to give away, or we'll have to cut back on our bread consumption (not likely! who can resist fresh bread?).


  1. Oh! Fresh bread is the hardest thing to live without in this season of our family's diet. How I look forward to reintroducing it (with soaked grains) someday again!!!

  2. What day did you get married?