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.
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