Fall is in the air in Summit County. The aspens are lit up like fire across the mountains, the mornings are brisk and the tourists have gone home for the summer. Life is good. I always say that I don’t want summer to end, but am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy autumn. As hard as it is to say during our amazing summers in Colorado, I really love all the seasons- especially right as they are changing. There is a cozy feeling about autumn that makes me want to bake- warm, fluffy bread.
A couple years ago, I lost the bowl to my KitchenAid in a move… Tragic? Actually not! There is a reason I haven’t bought myself a new one- I really don’t need it. I began baking bread all from hand; yes, I know the KitchenAid makes perfect dough, but there is something to be said for making your dough with your own two hands. I really enjoy the process of kneading the dough by hand. It’s almost meditative. I recently found that if you throw it vigorously back and forth between your hands, make sure to stick your fingers out, it acts like a dough hook. It sounds silly, but when your bread turns out perfect you will be thanking me. I found my recipe on Steamy Kitchen, but adapted it for handmade dough. If you are using a KitchenAid, check out her site.