Why do you bake bread?
I've decided the main reason I bake bread is because I like to eat good bread. But I suspect that there are many reasons out there. Here's my own rundown:
1. I like to eat, so it's important to have healthful foods on hand.
2. I love (as in L-O-V-E-!!) bread and wouldn't mind eating a whole mini-loaf a day. Maybe I could even eat a whole regular-size loaf a day if I didn't think I should vary my diet a bit - with fruits and veggies, for example.
3. Store-bought bread is so ... questionable. The taste and texture are unreal (compared to homemade), and I don't always understand the ingredient list. When I make my own, I know what's in it.
4. There is a special feeling attached to making things oneself rather than buying them. Maybe it's smugness, but it feels good.
5. There's always something else to try. The bread I'm eating now didn't turn out so well, and I'd do certain things differently next time, but there may never be a next time because there are too many recipes. My own personal library has over 2000 bread recipes, according to my inventory (which is through all the bread books, but with most general baking books and general cook books still ahead).
So why do YOU bake bread?