Somebody Really Did Win!
This is us! Well, the winners and me. From the Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread Big and BIGGER Giveaway. Left to right, above: Me, Hilma Cooper (the actual winner!) and Anneke Krall (the winner’s lovely daughter). I thought you might like to see what we did, and how it all went. It happened in Minnesota. In January. I went from cold and snowy New York … to colder and even snowier Minnesota. ‘Cause I’m that kind of girl. And since I couldn’t decide whether posting this would make you feel happy (yay! for the winner!) or mad (thanksfornothing, Nicole, I didn’t win and thanks for reminding me), I’m just closing my eyes and jumping in. That, and adding in another Giveaway of 2 signed copies of Gluten Free on a Shoestring Bakes Bread. Woohoo! This is gonna be a dead simple giveaway.
Terms of This Signed Book Copy Giveaway
- Leave a comment below (saying whatever you like, as long as it’s polite!) and you’re entered. Done. Comments on Facebook don’t count. Emailed comments don’t count! Just sign in the Disqus in one of the many ways it allows, and comment away. Hopefully about something related to gluten free bread? I dunno.
- Giveaway ends Sunday night, February 9, 2014. Like, before I go to bed. And I’m no night owl. Sorry about the Morning Person thing. It can be very annoying, I know.
- Signed books go out from my local post office on Monday (okay, Tuesday at the latest if I have any trouble getting winners’ addresses).
**ETA: The giveaway has ended! The winners have been emailed! If you didn’t win, don’t worry. I’ll do another signed book giveaway very soon!**
How The Day Went
Here’s what we did: 3 loaves of Lean Crusty White Sandwich Bread (page 43 GFOAS Bakes Bread). They took forever to rise. Hello! It’s really cold and dry in Minnesota in January! So, we had to be super patient. Ask Anneke what happened. Okay fine I’ll tell you: I just kept saying, “It’ll be fine. Just hang on.” And … it was! Read the Bread FAQs. All true.
Anneke was totally prepared. She had a big batch of the Bread Flour from pages 8-9 (want a calculator to do the math for you? go here). And lots and lots of 2 liter proofing buckets of gluten free bread dough proofing in the refrigerator, most for 2-3 days.
We made lots and lots (and lots!) of pizza for lunch. It was fabulous. She shaped rolls…
This is all pictured in Chapter 3 of Bakes Bread, and you should know that Anneke was pretty nervous. But she was a total pro! She just had to relax and trust herself. You don’t need my 2 old lady dishpan hands there with you. You have the step by step photos in the book. And you have my voice in your ear. Well, at least you have however you think my voice sounds from the way I write. Or something like that.
We had bread in the oven (look! the 3 loaves from above) and rolls proofing on the stovetop. It was like a regular day in my own house!
Oh, right. We also made bagels (that’s Donia with Anneke’s mom—she and Anneke are friends and she traveled 7 hours by car to hang out with us, too! Jennifer came, too, but she stayed far away from the camera). Anneke’s family ate them speedy quick, hot out of the oven. With butter. Like you’re meant to do.
Anneke’s mom, Hilma, did so many dishes, and I did comparatively so few, that my horrible dishpan hands actually started to heal a bit. We worked from 7:00 am (really!) until about 6:00 pm. The children (not pictured, but trust me they are adorable!) were kind and helpful and well-behaved. Amazing. And mother and daughter are comfortable and respectful around one another in a way that I can only dream of for when my children are grown. *sigh*
Some Free Recipes From The Book
Don’t have your copy of Bakes Bread yet (whatcha waiting for?)? Here are 4 recipes from the book (below) to get you started. You know, to convince you that it really does work and it really is a Gluten Free Bread Revolution!
[If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know the drill with the clickable collage, but just in case—hover over each photo for the recipe title, then click the picture to open a new window with that post and the entire recipe]
Let’s Bake Together, You and Me
Oh, right! I almost forgot: Would you like to Bake Gluten Free Bread Together? I can’t afford to pay for another trip across the country, I’m afraid (none of this was sponsored—it was all on me, so that I could do it my way, without having to pander to one brand or another). But I would be willing to hop in the car and travel a reasonable distance (say, about 200 miles in any direction from New York City?) if YOU (yes you!) would like to organize a Gluten Free Bread Baking Class for me to teach. My time will be free. The rest is up to you! To reach out, leave a comment below letting me know that you’d like to organize a class, or contact me through the form on the blog. We’ll bake whatever bread recipes you like, and you and your friends and acquaintances can take it all home!
Thank you, Anneke for hosting such a wonderful day, Hilma for being such a gracious winner, and Donia and Jennifer for coming from far and wide to bake with us!
P.S. Don’t forget to enter to win a signed copy of Bakes Bread by leaving a comment below! Giveaway closes Sunday night, and books go out right away. Want to organize a gluten free bread baking class? Let me know!