November 17 – Day 322

Yes. I made that bread. And it was easy.

It was National Home Made Bread Day and I got my bake on.

I found this recipe from the Minimalist Baker and went for it

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Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3/4 Tbsp fast-acting yeast (~1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp)
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour + more for rolling / dusting
  • 2 Tbsp rolled oats
  • 2 additional Tbsp of honey

Combine warm water, yeast, honey, salt, flax seed and flours in a large mixing bowl and stir. Knead and turn it in the bowl with your hands. Add flour until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides – about 3 3/4 cups total.

Cover and let rise for 2 hours at room temperature, knead some more, then allow another 2 hours rising in the pan.

Slash the bread 2 or 3 times with a knife, making a cut about ½-inch deep.  Mix remaining honey with some hot water and brush onto top. Sprinkle and press oats on top of that.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees toward the end of the dough resting time and place a metal or cast iron pan (not glass, Pyrex, or ceramic) on the lowest oven rack with water in it.

Place bread loaf in oven on middle rack.

Bake the bread for 26 to 35 minutes, or until deep golden brown and risen.

Remove the bread from the oven and let rest till cool

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I was so pleased with myself, I made a few more loaves and gave them to friends. Nothing feels so I-could-survive-an-apocalypse-now as baking a loaf of bread from scratch…. besides maybe hot wiring a car… and syphoning gas… and maybe piecing together a transistor radio…

Well whatever. The bread was great. Thanks for reading.

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