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!
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!