Monday, November 30, 2009

summer snap mondays- breadmaking in the sun


I'm joining Jodi from Che and Fidel in her Summer snap Mondays meme.
Here are a few snaps of my homemade bread in the making.

I deem these snaps 'summer-worthy' because I let the dough rise in the sun for just over an hour, two times. I cannot tell you what a difference the warmth of the sun makes to the bread's texture. I learned how to knead my own dough through Rhonda-Jean's blog, Down-to-Earth, but since then I have really changed things and made up my own recipe.

I mix 4 cups organic wholemeal bread flour with 1 dash of organic whole milk, 3 tbs of organic butter, and a dash of salt. In a separate bowl I mix about 8 grams of yeast with 1 1/2 tbs of cane sugar with a few tbs of warm water until it activates (becomes frothy-like). I add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and then slowly add in about 200 mL (give or take) warm water until a dough is formed. I knead and knead and knead for about 10 minutes (the longer I knead the better the loaf turns out). I form a big ball with the dough and put a thin layer of olive oil on top, then cover it with a warm tea towel and let it rise in the sun.

risen dough


When it has risen I punch a hole in the dough and punch it all until there is no air left.

Take it out of the bowl and jnead a bit more and them roll it into a fat oval. I wet the top and roll the dough in seeds and sometimes a bit of flour. I put this dough into a greased bread tin and cover again with a warm dishtowel

and let it rise for about 30-40 minutes.

I pre-heat the oven to the highest temp and put the bread in for 10 minutes. Then I turn it down to 220˚ for another 20 minutes. When it is golden on top and the kitchen smells like warm homemade bread (mmmm!), I take it out and let it cool before transferring it to a wire rack.

It lasts about 3 days in a glass cake dome before it gets stale (still toastable for another day though).

For the first month I made homemade bread we had to have the first slice right out of the oven with some butter spread it. It's such a pleasure eating your own bread and once you try it, you can't stop.

Don't forget to see some other summer snaps by heading over to Jodi's to see what's cooking. xo

9 comments:

jodi said...

love! i'm off to sydney in the next few days for a pre-natal teacher training course with janice clarfield (urbanyoga.ca)
will try this bread when I get back.
so glad you're joining me for summer pics.
xx

One pair of Hands said...

I love making bread - find the kneading so soothing. Intend to give this one a try, it looks delicious.
Our daughter & family are in Toronto at present visiting an aunt. Missing them but they'll be back in January.

My Love is..... said...

ohhhh yum.... fresh hot bread and butter...oh my!! Gorgeous pix.

Jelly Wares said...

Great job on the bread... Sure does look like you have making it down to a fine art now it looks delicious..

Hugs
Jodie :)

Tanya said...

HI Meagan, thanks for the visit and comment on my blog, now I have come to visit you and found some very impressive looking bread. Yummo! Those seeds on top make it. Nothing like fresh bread out of the oven.

Lola Nova said...

There really is nothing like freshly baked bread! Yours looks delicious:)

Michelle said...

I'm going to try this bread - it looks and soudns great! Summer to me is strangely all about baking too, so it's nice to see your photos.

Katy said...

This looks so yummy....what a beautiful summer pic....will definately try this when I can x

Bec said...

I've been doing lots of baking also based on Rhonda's recipe and tweaked a little too. I still almost burn myself cutting that first piece straight from the oven! xx B

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