Wednesday, March 9, 2011

making bread

i used to make a lot of bread. especially considering we have a small little household of people who eat 1-2 of our daily meals away from home.

i wanted Aidan to grow up remembering the smell of fresh bread, i wanted him to also to enjoy good bread, so i was even grinding my own wheat. but neither Aidan nor James were really into sandwiches at that time so the problem was i was really the only one eating the bread............ realistically that wasn't a very good plan.

so i finally came to the realization that even though in my mind the "perfect mom" would always have fresh bread in the oven that wasn't going to work out with my family so now i only make bread for for special occasions. Or on cold days when we are stuck in the house, like last week.

i recently tried a new recipe i found here. it was fast and easy and filled the house with good smells.

  • Ingredients
  • 2 Tsp. honey
  • 2 2/3 Cup lukewarm water
  • 4 Tsp. dry yeast
  • 3 Tbsp. Molasses
  • 5 Cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 Tsp. salt
  • 1/4 Cup wheat germ
  • 1 Tbsp. Oatmeal (optional)

    (I didn't have molasses on hand so I used only honey)

    1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.
    2. Stir 2 teaspoons honey into 2/3 cup lukewarm water
    3. Sprinkle yeast over the mixture. Set aside for 10 minutes.
    4. Combine 3 tablespoons molasses with 2/3 cup warm water and combine with yeast
    5. Stir into flour. Add salt, wheat germ and 1 1/2 cups warm water. Dough will be sticky.
    6. Pour dough into bread pan (I sprayed mine to prevent sticking) and smooth top with wet spatula. Sprinkle oatmeal over the top.
    7. Allow the dough to rise to top of pan (only takes about 15 minutes)
    8. Bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Let cool.


    downthegardenpath said...

    Sounds delicious - and I love the presentation.

    Don't worry about being the perfect mom - you happen to be a great mom, which is far better. said...

    i'm trying to learn to make real bread...and so far i've only tackled focaccia & banana bread. ;) i think i can give this one a shot!