Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Dragon Bread - September Project 2

I want to start bread making once a month! We have baked bread in past but we go through fazes: months of bread machine bread, weeks or sometimes only days of hand kneaded bread (lets be honest it takes time, organization, upper body strength not to mention clean-up, flour moves everywhere and quickly!) – and then months again of no bread from the house! My husband is the king of the bread maker, but he too is inconsistent! I have lots of recipes. I would love, love, love an outdoor (or indoor if I ever build a larger home) European bread oven. I mean the bee hive, farm kind, great for bread, pizzas and deep brown beans – another mental note – I want to make my own beans from scratch, maybe in November when we need the comfort food!

Today was Dragon bread day (tradition we picked up at Waldorf,) so that can be our first in a new routine of baking bread each month! Dragon bread, as you remember was the 2nd of our 2 projects for September. Michaelmas, the feast of St. Michael, is today September 29th! There are so many lesser known holidays to explore. We chose this because they have included St. Michael in both schools we’ve attended, Waldorf and Catholic. My children love to shape their dragons, the scales, the pointy teeth. Each year they want photos of their dragon! Then they love to eat them, light overcoming darkness! Any simple bread recipe, single rise for ease, double rise for those more used to bread making! Bread making is actually quite easy, just don’t over heat the water and kill the yeast! The water is luke warm, baby bottle temperature!

Preheat over to 400 degrees

1 c water (warm to wrist temp)

1 Tbsp sugar or honey

1 Tbsp yeast (or 1 envelope)

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 c whole wheat flour

1 ½ c all purpose flour

decent pinch salt

more flour ½ to ¾ c usually

Warm water and dissolve in sugar or honey.
Stir. Add yeast and let it “puff up”

Put measured flours and salt in a bread size bowl (large)

Make a well or draw a picture in the middle

Pour in water / yeast and oil and fold until well combined.

Knead (push and fold / push and fold) for 5 mins or 30 to 50 times.

Cover bowl with a cloth and let rise in a warm area.

Shape bread as dragon (or dragons), bake 20 mins at 400

Butter and enjoy!

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