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Oven to Table: How Bread Baking Complements Cottagecore

Updated: Jul 8

Making one's own bread is among the most well-liked ways to embody the Cottagecore philosophy. Find out why.


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The Alchemy of Bread Baking


Bread baking is a sensory experience like no other. As you mix flour, water, yeast, and salt, the transformation begins. Each ingredient plays a crucial role in the alchemical process that turns mere dough into a golden-brown masterpiece. The rhythmic process of kneading, proofing, and baking is a hands-on journey that culminates in a loaf that is not just food but a labor of love.


In the realm of Cottagecore, bread baking isn't merely a task; it's a ritual that connects us to our food, our heritage, and the earth. It's about savoring the simplicity of life's pleasures and relishing the fruits of our labor. The act of breaking bread made with one's hands fosters a sense of accomplishment and ties us to a tradition that stretches back through generations.


Let's look at how baking your own bread fits into the Cottagecore way of life and the different advantages it offers:


1. Baking your own bread is not only a practical task of creating something yummy, but it is also a symbol of self-sufficiency. By baking your own bread, you are taking control of the ingredients that go into your food and you are making a conscious effort to reduce your dependence on store-bought products. Furthermore, baking your own bread can be a more cost-effective option in the long run, as you can buy ingredients in bulk and make multiple loaves at once.


2. Making your own bread is also a sustainable practice because it allows you to use locally sourced ingredients that are often fresher and have a smaller environmental impact as they don't need to be shipped over long distances. For example, local yeast can be obtained from a local bakery or can be propagated from a sourdough starter made from flour and water, reducing the need for commercial yeast. Similarly, using locally sourced wheat can help to reduce the environmental impact of your bread as well as support local farmers and the local economy.


3. Compared to store-bought bread, handmade bread frequently utilizes fewer (or no) preservatives and additives, making it a healthier and more natural choice. These preservatives and additives are often used in commercial bread to extend its shelf life, but they can have negative impacts on our health. By baking your own bread, you are also able to customize it to your preferences, whether that's making it gluten-free, using whole wheat flour, or adding in your favorite herbs and spices. It also allows you to have control over the freshness of the bread, which can be healthier as well as taste better compared to store-bought bread.


4. Baking bread is also a meditative and therapeutic activity that allows you to focus on the present moment. The process of measuring, mixing and creating something delicious can be therapeutic and meditative, enabling you to concentrate on the present and unwind. Baking bread specifically can be a particularly rewarding experience, as it requires patience and attention to detail. The process of kneading the dough, watching it rise, and finally baking it in the oven can be a relaxing and grounding experience. The warm and comforting aroma of freshly baked bread can also have a soothing effect on the mind and body. The end result of warm, homemade bread is also a delicious reward for your hard work.


5. In addition to all of these advantages, baking bread is a wonderful way to socialize. You can bond over a delectable dinner or piece of bread while sharing your creations with friends and family. Building and fostering relationships and making lifelong memories can both be accomplished through bread baking. Overall, baking your own bread can be a rewarding, healthful, and budget-friendly activity that can be therapeutic and meditative. So, what are you still holding out for? ...dust off your mixing bowls and let's get baking!


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The following recipe for simple bread will take you to a quaint cottage in the countryside. Imagine biting into a warm, freshly baked loaf, the aroma filling your home with the comforting scents of baking bread. And the best part? You made it yourself! White Flour Bread Recipe Ingredients:

  • 3 cups white bread flour

  • 2 cups warm water

  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast

  • 2 teaspoons salt

Instructions:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt. Mix well.

  • Slowly add the warm water to the flour mixture, using a wooden spoon or your hands to combine the ingredients. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, until it becomes smooth and elastic.

  • Cover the dough with a damp cloth and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.

  • Once the dough has risen, punch it down to release the air and shape it into a round loaf.

  • Place the loaf in a greased loaf pan and let it rise for another 30 minutes.

  • Preheat your oven to 350F (175C).

  • Once the loaf has risen, bake it in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, or until it is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

  • Remove the loaf from the oven and let it cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving.


This recipe is a classic and simple recipe for white flour bread. It that can be enjoyed fresh or toasted, with butter or jam, or as a base for a sandwich. It's perfect for anyone looking for a comforting, homemade bread that they can enjoy with the whole family. Happy baking!

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