1. Bread recipes on the internet have more commentary before the recipes than any other recipes I’ve ever seen.
2. One should not skip over that commentary . . . like moi (as you can see, I’ve begun those French lessons I spoke of in a recent post.)
3. If you ignore the hints and thoughts about bread-making that accompany your recipe, your bread may turn out to be so dense you can’t rise from your chair after eating it.
4. Some children are so desperate for real food that they will rave over the densest bread in the world after the first bite.
5. By the third bite, they will announce that they are no longer hungry. For bread products.
6. It is difficult to throw out your first ever loaf of homemade bread. Probably because you can only bench press five tons.
7. Tossing out four cups of flour (and hours of work) is not easy for somebody who saves the soy sauce packets from take out Chinese food. And likes to fritter away her time playing word games.
8. If at first you fail, try, try again. But wait a week. It allows you to build up your energy and confidence again.
9. French bread recipes have even more commentary than Cuban bread recipes, but second-time bread makers know to read them and heed their advice.
10. French bread is more beautiful than Cuban bread, and although the product of my effort wasn’t quite as light as I’d have liked, two teenagers I know each ate two or three pieces at supper. I did too. Carb rationing is a dumb idea.
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