Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Baking bread...

Since the kitchen is the only relatively spotless item in this house, after all, the kitchen doubles as bathroom at the moment, and with all the water flowing it's cleaned twice a day... at the very least! And no matter what, people need to be fed at all times. So, we baked some bread. A simple Whole Wheat bread. A combination of bread flour, graham flour and some cornmeal.

I used:

1.1/2 ts yeast
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup water
2 tbs vegetable oil
2 tbs maple syrup
210 gr bread flour (1.1/2 cups)
130 graham flour (1 cup) or 140 gr. coarsely ground whole wheat
70 gr cornmeal (1/2 cup)
1.1/4 ts salt

Combine yeast, all liquids and half of the flours and stir till combined. Cover with rest of the flour and salt and let rest to ferment for at least 20 minutes. Knead on slow to medium speed for up to 10-15 minutes until the dough forms a ball and cleans the sides of the bowl. You'll have a soft elastic and springy dough ball, just slightly tacky. Cover to rise for about 1.1/2 hours. Deflate and form into an oblong oval and cover to let rise again, approx. 1 hour.

Bake in a preheated oven (400F or 220) for 45 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.


  1. So do really not do that proofing thing with the yeast and water before you mix with the flour. I don't know when I stopped doing that but it's been a long time now.
    I'm so wanting several different sizes and shapes of those - what are they made of wooden loopy "pans" for shaping breads!
    Beautiful bread. And it must make the house smell a lot better than the dust.

  2. Hmmmm! DIE ziet er lekker uit! Mooi met dat stof eromheen, leuk bedacht!
    Hoelang duurt de badkamer nog denken jullie?


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