There's no hiding the fact that I love to bake, but there's also no doubt that I love bread. Bread probably tops the list of things that I bake most frequently. It's just so simple: flour, yeast, water, salt. Four simple ingredients can make so many different types of breads just by using different techniques to let the bread ferment or shaping it (yes, there is a difference between round and not round breads).
The latest bread I've made was actually this morning, pane siciliano (it doesn't have a Wikipedia page and I find that slightly odd). I've had a container of semolina flour in my closet for the longest time; don't worry, it's still fresh and bug-free. Normally I just use the flour on the bottom of baked breads but I wanted a bread that had it inside.
Now, let me tell you, this bread likes to RISE. When I covered it to let it rise for two hours before I shaped it, it was pushing on the plastic wrap to get out of the bowl. It was exciting to see how active the yeast is, then again, it's so high 80's and yeast grows twice as fast every 25°.
Bread is a very easy thing to make and I definitely recommend every should at least try making it once. You don't even have to go for the harder three days breads (like this one), you can do much easier ones, such as Jim Lahey's No-Knead Recipe. I made that recipe last week and it was great!
Plus, who doesn't like warm bread out of the oven smuthered with butter?