Rose from Washington emailed me today asking if I had artisan bread recipes to share. I do not. I make my bread with a bread machine and have not taken on artisan bread yet.
I was feeling kind of bad that I could not provide Rose what she asked for. I told her my neighbor, Maggie, is the bread baker in the area and I am glad I live next door to her.
I went next door on my daily visit and her house smelled just like fresh bread! She had made some whole wheat bread and had even made a special one for me in a glass bowl! What a great surprise! Everyone should have such good neighbors. I will enjoy it with my homemade beef barley soup tonight. Don't know if you can see it in this picture but she baked my loaf in a Pyrex round baking dish. What a nice way to bake a small loaf to giveaway! Hint hint to all my friends!
P.S. I had the bread with my soup and it was perfect. It is a dark break that is sweet. She had melted butter on the top which really made it more yummy. I would say it is the best homemade bread I have ever eaten and I hope she keeps me on her friend list forever and ever. The soup came out well too. I had some leftover beef pot roast cooked in the slow cooker with onions, red potatoes and carrots that had made a tasty gravy. I added some water, garlic, worchestershire sauce and cooked barley. What a great way to use up leftovers, stretch a meal and involve grains.