Here’s a quick little doodlewash of some bread, because today is Homemade Bread Day! This is another holiday with no traceable owner, but it’s a delicious idea so who really cares.
For this one, I decided to do a nearly monochrome painting with only two colors: Neutral Tint & Burnt Sienna. Not sure why, necessarily, just wanted to see what it would look like. And this is what happened.
Bread is one of those much-maligned foods that never quite rebounded from the nation’s carb phobia. Thankfully, Philippe is French, so there’s no fear of bread in our house.
If I were told I could not have real bread (not the stuff in plastic with all the corn syrup), it would actually make me cry because I love bread! Particularly with a bowl of olive oil, pepper, and salt to dip it in.
When I was a kid though…it was all about the stuff in plastic. Particularly Wonder Bread which was appropriately named as you have to wonder why there are 29 ingredients in a single slice of really white bread. Turns out they’re mostly chemicals that aren’t truly safe to digest, but not so noticeably unsafe to immediately require companies to stop feeding them to us.
But the super cool part about this artificial bread, beyond the paranormal shelf life, was the ability to turn it back into pure dough. Squeezing the bread into a ball would turn it into a wet lump of unbaked dough. As a kid, this was so cool…like being able to eat the equivalent of raw cookie dough, something your mom wouldn’t usually allow.
With a few slices you could make a nice-sized dough ball you could eat like a jawbreaker. This is infinitely grotesque to think about doing now, but back then, it was a magical good time. Of course, the brown crusts had to be sacrificed in the process, but no self-respecting kid ever really liked those anyway.
But today, it’s all about delicious, chemical-free homemade bread. It won’t make a satisfying dough ball after it’s baked, but on the bright side, it tastes much better and is far healthier to consume. The only daunting step for some, myself included, will be actually baking bread yourself. In this case, you’ll just have to charm the pants off a baker or persuade one who already happens to love you to bake some for you.