Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that a year of BYOB has gone by already. In some ways, it feels like I was just formulating this project a month ago, weighing the pros and cons and deciding to take the plunge. In other ways, it seems like I've always been baking my own breads . . . it's that much a part of my family's lifestyle now.
So, here we are in 2010, ready to begin year 2 of baking all are own breads, rolls, cakes, and so forth. If you're new to baking bread, this is a great way to jump in. There's nothing quite as effective at improving your skills as necessity. When you feel like eating a baguette and know that it's got to come out of your own oven, that's a pretty successful motivator to learn how to bake a decent baguette. If you're an experienced baker, you probably already know that baking all your own breads is a terrific way to build your repertoire and your confidence.
If you already are a part of BYOB, thank you for participating in 2009 and I look forward with great anticipation to sharing (visually, anyway) your wonderful breads and pastries in 2010. If you'd like to join us on our "Bake Your Own Bread" adventure, please do! As with last year, the commitment is a personal one: to bake as many of your own baked goods as possible. There may be times when you'll choose to rely on store-bought products, and that's fine. You may have a bagel place you simply can't live without visiting, and that's okay too. This goal is a dynamic one, meant to enhance your life, not add more stress to it.
If you're interested in joining us, send me an e-mail at Sandycastle1 [@] gmail [dot] com and I'll send you the specifics. You can link to At the Baker's Bench on your blog, and I'll add you to the blog roll. What you bake and how often you bake are up to you and the needs of your family. There are no deadlines for posting, though I do a monthly roundup on the first of each month. We'll have our first BYOB 2010 post on February 1, 2010.
If you have questions regarding this event ~ or baking in general ~ feel free to e-mail me and I'll answer them as quickly as possible.
Here's to a year of much oven love in your life! Happy New Year!