Like countless others like me during the quarantine, I too succumbed myself to the unexplainable comfort that is bread baking.
I think it’s the new Adobo – every household has it’s own version. With countless hours sitting on the table, tapping your fingers while waiting for the dough to set, what better time to do that than during the lockdown, right? BECAUSE YOU HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO GO!
Reasons why I absolutely enjoyed baking bread:
- There is pleasure in rolling a smooth ball of flour in your hands (it’s the kind of culinary therapy I did not know I needed!); call it an adult’s version of play-doh, if you will.
- The sheer anticipation whether you’ll make it through the end or not! I remember nervously watching my bread rising from the other side of the oven while praying in between breaths, hoping that I did NOT just waste scanty ingredients that often times go out of stock.
- The first bite off a successful freshly baked bread is BANANAS! patiently following instructions to a tee has its rewards — a prize that goes well with a dollop of jam and a cup of coffee.
- The whiff of a loaf that is fresh out of the oven is just so satisfying. The aroma that fills the room makes me want to drop everything and devour my first slice. Also, there is that sense of pride that I was able to bake my first bread. I DID IT! I actually did and I have the smell of our house to prove it! 🙂
Others have turned it into a business and I could not be more happy and proud for them! 🙂 But I realized (at least for myself) that I would rather buy bread when it’s available. Now that the lockdown is over, I cannot seem to find the time to wait for a dough to set. :)) BUT (but, but) it was a super fun experience and I was glad that I was able to take part in it!
I may have ventured into various kinds of bread making – I tried sandwich loaf, pandesal, ensaymada, dinner rolls, and garlic knots. I shall post them one by one in the days to come. 🙂
My baker extraordinaire guide was a Youtuber named Joshua Weissman (except for the Filipino specialties haha, that would have to be Panlasang Pinoy).
For this recipe, I followed Joshua’s and the link to his Youtube is down below. I actually found a lot more interesting how-to’s in his vlog, and I could not wait to try them!
With my first loaf, I decided to make a sandwich! The easiest and tastiest one I know – an Egg and Cheese Sandwich.
My husband and I are fans of any renditions of the classic grilled cheese sandwich. We are especially crazy for the the recipe coupled with a bowl of tomato soup on the side. Wildflour’s version is an tremendous killer! Simple but divine.
When I made this though, we only had cheddar cheese and egg, so I really could not go all out! I combined both of the ingredients and slathered both sides of my bread with apricot jam just for an added hint of sweetness.
Grilled Cheese and Egg Sandwich
- 2 slices of sandwich bread
- 1 egg
- 4 slices of cheddar cheese
- 2 tablespoons of jam
- 2 tablespoons of butter
- First make the scrambled egg as you would normally do.
- To make grilled cheeses – spread one side with jam, add 4 slices of cheese (assuming its Kraft cheddar cheese, or whatever boxed cheddar cheese you have at home) then layer it with scrambled egg. Spread the remaining tablespoon of jam on the second slice of loaf before placing it on top of the sandwich. Set aside.
- On a frying pan, heat a tablespoon of butter and toast one side of the sandwich. Flatten it with a plate. Before flipping it over, you can add another tablespoon of butter for added flavor. Repeat the process on the other side.
- Serve and enjoy!