Over the holidays Dan and I were thinking of projects, little things that will occupy us over the coming year.  Good wholesome activities which the four of us can contribute.  A project in which we would learn, develop and grow a new skill.
And so the #52loavesproject was born.  
A loaf a week, made by one of us.  Nothing fancy, just a simple handmade loaf.  We decided to do the mixing and kneading on a Friday evening when we had time to relax, involve the boys after school.  Leaving the dough to proove over night to be baked in the morning.
This past weekend Charlie took the reigns, kneading and shaping his little white cob, loving the process and insisting he didn’t need any help.
The loaf itself was a little under cooked and needed more salt – but we were all super pleased with our first loaf of 2014.
This little project will be an instagram / twitter link up.  If you feel like developing your baking skills then please do join us.  Tweet or IG  a picture of your loaf using the hashtag #52loavesproject so we can find you.  
Find us on instagram:
Dan – @tantandaylor

Don’t feel you have to commit to 52 weeks of bread making, please feel free to dip in and out when the mood takes you and you have time.

I’ve also set up the above Pinterest boad – If you’d like to contribute please let me know.

We are already thinking ahead to this weekends loaf …. Rufus’ turn.  Can’t wait to see how that turns out and what you all come up with.. good luck!
  • I love baking bread and to think of a cosy Saturday morning with the smell of fresh bread enticing family members to get up is a great idea. I’ve got a little bit of catching up but count me in. x

  • I have been completely bitten by the baking bug – have made a *lot* of bread this week. We shall see whether the enthusiasm sticks :-)

  • Hi Lou! my curiosity was piqued when you left the 52 loaves hashtag on my bread instagram and I found this post. Definitely up for being involved! (I’m annoyed I couldn’t get my act together to join in with the christmas garland one)

  • I love this idea! Bread making looks so wonderful… I’m gluten-free and I keep meaning to investigate options. Perhaps I’ll play along with your challenge at some point. x.

  • Its wonderful that you are starting your boys early on the homemade bread path – and making it themselves! My husband is two for two now with his own bread, we have the pizza dough mastered, and I made a great foccacia this week.

  • I am making our first loaf today, a milk loaf. Will let you know how I get on! Thanks for the inspiration, lovely xx

  • What a wonderful idea Lou and Dan and the boys. Maybe you could let us know if you find any easy recipes that work well. Looking forward to following your journey. Ex

  • Wow Lou, such a good idea! Are you going to put up any recopies to follow. I haven’t the faintest when it comes to baking bread but would love to try it out with you x

  • Wow, what a lovely idea! I’ve never made bread by hand, but as I’m writing and chatting about this, the Bear is expressing serious interest, so might be time to try :0) x

  • I love this idea – have you thought about making a sourdough culture? I made one this time last year – full of good intentions, the loaves I made with it were lovely, but sadly i neglected it and it died! I will definitely be making a few loaves this year, so i will tag you with my results!

  • Great idea Lou. Love the idea of the kids getting involved. Mind you even if their busy social lives take over and they can’t take part in the kneading etc, they certainly will love the eating! My best Mum moments are when one or both of our teenagers tell me mid mouthful how much they love something, then a quick cuddle. Makes up for the muddy PE kits and constant requests for taxi services in an instant! Elinor x

  • Happy New Year Lou! I do like your 52 Loaves Project. Strangely enough, after having baked a loaf on Christmas Day, I’d considered taking the challenge myself. My first loaf will be soda bread. I’ll try and remember to take a photo before I eat it all.

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