NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday and a great way to surprise mom might be by making a loaf of bread together in her kitchen, from scratch!

It may seem daunting, but author Lauren Chattman shows how to do it each step of the way in her book “Bread Making: A Home Course.”

Pat Farnack with Lauren Chattman

There are many perks to baking your own bread. For instance, taking the do-it-yourself approach can save you some dough. Chattman told WCBS 880’s Pat Farnack that you can bake your own bread for the fraction of the cost of an artisan loaf.

In addition, you have full control of the ingredients.

“You can use organic flour if you want. You can customize your loaves with different herbs and olives and cheese and dried fruit,” Chattman said.

 Making something from scratch is also rewarding.

“There’s the hobby aspect, the craft aspect, and the immense satisfaction you can get out of creating something really beautiful,” Chattman said.

“It’s a taste experience. Not only do I bake bread with my children (I have two teenage daughters), but whenever I’m visiting my mom she says, ‘Oh, teach me something new.’ and a couple of weeks ago we made garlic knots together,” said Chattman. “It’s so enjoyable. It’s so relaxing. It takes an afternoon. It takes a couple of hours to have your dough rise, but it’s a great way to spend time with your mom.”

Another awesome idea is bringing a loaf of your own homemade bread when dining out at someone’s home.

To learn more about Chattman’s book, click HERE. She also has a blog. To check it out, click HERE.

Happy Mother’s Day!


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