Baking a loaf of fluffy, lightweight sandwich bread eluded me for many years. Six years ago, my neighbor showed me the secrets to turning out perfect loaves of buttermilk bread every single time, and my life has been better for it ever since.
So have the lives of my husband and kids, because homemade bread has since become a household staple we all enjoy. I consciously embraced baking bread as a nutritious hobby because it is cheap, conducive to the homemaker lifestyle, and absolutely delicious. None of us can resist slicing into a fresh loaf, slathering it with butter, and savoring the flavor straight from the oven. Plus, it makes the whole house – and the front yard, if a window is open – smell amazing.
I love that some of my kids’ earliest memories will be of tasting Mom’s homemade bread. I usually give each of them a little ball of sticky bread dough to eat when I’m turning it into the loaf pans for the second rise. I almost always bake a loaf of cinnamon roll bread alongside the buttermilk variety, so on school days, I can hand each child a slice to eat for breakfast while we drive my oldest to first grade.
Preparing and enjoying good food together at home can go a long way toward maintaining household harmony. Baking bread is my favorite way to provide my family with sustenance that is wholesome, filling, affordable, and a great morale booster. It is the ultimate soul food, served up with a smear of melted butter and a satisfied smile.