This Bread Fairy website was created in order to invite others who have a passion for making (and of course eating) homemade bread, a love of connecting with new people, and a bit of time on their hands, to join me in making and delivering free homemade bread to their fellow community members who are being negatively impacted by Covid-19.
I will be putting everything you might need on this website to get you started, including the ad I first posted in Front Porch Forum on March 23 which got this joyous project started, a template to keep track of your orders, my two main white and whole wheat recipes (simple sourdough to come!), and a list of basic supplies and ingredients, with some other supplies listed that I just couldn’t do without any more!
Please contact me if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to do all I can to help you spread homemade-bread-love in your community!
My husband, IT guru, and videographer Steve helped me make four new videos to capture different phases of the sourdough bread-making process, from mixing the starter in preparation for adding to the recipe to cooking it in a dutch oven. Please let me know if you find this useful and if there are other videos that you’d like us to make to demystify this entire no-knead Artisan bread-making process!
While many of you are reading this website to learn how to make bread simply for yourself, family and friends and don’t intend to become “Bread Fairies”, it is so easy to share the bread-making love! Every batch in these recipes makes two loaves. So just think about anyone in your life, a neighbor, a friend, or a colleague who you think would love a homemade loaf of bread and give them other one!
I posted in our local online Front Porch Forum asking people to let me know if they would like free sourdough starter. I have had wonderful responses and it is clear from quite a few that they are new to working with sourdough, and some are new to bread baking at all! I am delighted to get people started and want to be clear that I only started making sourdough when new Front Porch Forum friends Kathleen and Jamie shared some of their starter with me a month ago! The pictures speak for themselves (along with the extra pounds I am trying to keep off – No picture of that!)
In case you aren’t very familiar with sourdough, I wanted to share a couple of tips to get you started. These directions begin with an established sourdough starter. Go to the Simple Sourdough Starter website for making sourdough starter from scratch.
Transfer established sourdough starter to a quart mason jar.
Mix it with ½ cup of water and 1 cup of all-purpose white flour. Stir until smooth and thick like peanut butter. Put a rubber band around the top of the starter so you can see how much it rises.
Let it rise on your counter until at least doubled in size, typically 4-6 hours. The starter should now be twice as high as the rubber band.
Email me at email@example.com if after reading all the resources, you’re still unclear about something. I’m certainly not an expert and I’m happy to share what I’ve learned so far making bread, including sourdough, for my family, friends, and Bread Fairy “customers”!
I added a page called “Questions and Answers” where I will post questions I get from folks who are trying out the recipes and something is unclear. I will also use these questions to help me refine my recipes, so thank you for taking the time to write me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
I added recipes and pictures for No-Knead Sourdough Bread and a simple Rosemary and Sea Salt Focaccia. Check them out under the Recipes Tab! I also posted in Front Porch Forum, asking if people would like to pick up some of my sourdough starter and letting them know the instructions are on this website. So many people are turning to the comfort of bread-making in these times, and with a dearth of yeast, sourdough is not only a great alternative, but may become your go-to recipe as it is in our home!
So happy to read this article about “The Bread Fairy” in our Vermont weekly online newspaper with positive anticipation that others who love to bake bread and want to share the love will start baking for their communities!