JUST GOOD BREAD
It must be Sunday. I make bread on Sunday after church. It’s still cold outside so finding time isn’t too hard. When it gets warmer I am sure that my garden, grandchildren and the outdoors will be luring me out of the house. But today, in March it is snowing.
If you have any time at all, make your own bread. Grocery store bread is full of preservatives and pesticides.
Remember this nursery rhyme….
This is the house that Jack built.
This is the malt that lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the rat that ate the malt
That lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the cat that killed the rat
That ate the malt that lay in the house that Jack built.
Well….. Most grains are yummy to lots of critters. Grains are store housed in large quantities and they are often sprayed with dangerous pesticides to keep the critters out. It doesn’t end there. Once the grains are processed, lots more chemicals are added to preserve them for longer shelf life. Just sniff a loaf of homemade bread and then open a bag of any grocery isle bread… The truth is in the sniffer.
If you don’t believe me and want to know more….
The taste is amazing and the recipes are everywhere on the net.
Here is the recipe I used to make the loaf above
Simple white bread
1 cup warm water
1 tbsp organic sugar
1 envelope of yeast.
Mix the sugar into the cup of warm water until dissolved. Sprinkle pack of yeast on top.
Let sit for about 15 to 30 mins while you prepare the next step
Measure 2 1/2 cups organic flour into large bowl
Prepare an area to knead. I use a slab of marble, anything will work if you dust it with flour.
Once the yeast/water mixture has gotten foamy, add 1/4 cup oil (olive, veg or melted coconut oil*) and 1/4 tsp of salt to this foamy mixture. Slowly add to flour, stirring with a heavy spoon or fork.
*Coconut oil will give the bread a sweeter taste
Turn dough onto floured surface and knead for just a few mins until it is a smooth ball of dough.
Wash your large bowl, dry and generously oil the bottom and sides
Plop dough into bowl and cover with plastic wrap that has been oiled. OIL PLASTIC WRAP, VERY IMPORTANT…it will be a big sticky mess if you don’t
Cover bowl with damp hot kitchen towel. Place bowl in sun or on counter where it’s dry and warm.
Allow to rise 1 hour.
Re flour your surface. Plop the newly risen dough onto surface, knead a little bit more. I roll it with a pin to be about an inch thick. I then roll it and place it into my generously oiled loaf pan. Recover with the oiled plastic wrap, reheat with hot water the kitchen towel, cover and wait again.. About an hour. It will rise to a lovely height tall as the pan
Put in oven at 350 for 30 mins or until crust is golden. I use an old electric oven…. Just check your oven after 20 mins and adjust time or temp if needed.
Mmm. Ratless, pesticide free bread