As I give loaves away to friends and neighbours, I'm beginning to pick up a lot of comments about "You're so clever to be able to make these", or "Yeast baking is just SO difficult" or "I'd LOVE to be able to make bread, but it always goes wrong".
I do try to tell people that actually, the basics are really, really easy, but I think they just assume I'm being modest. I'd love to invite people round to bake bread with me, so I could help them get started, and show them what a simple, lovely pleasure it can be, but I don't really know how to make it work. Has anyone tried this? How did it go?
There's so much "down time" in making bread - where all there is to do is sit around and wait for a couple of hours - how do you make it work? What do you do with that time? All my very favourite recipes take more than one day to make, which is even more tricky. (I received The Bread Bakers Apprentice for Christmas, and am still absolutely blown away by the massive improvement in my bread since then)
Any comments or thoughts or suggestions very welcome indeed! I'd love to do this, but I want to do it really well!