Monday, May 24, 2010

our daily bread

A Monday meme. Handmade with love, kneaded with strength, baked from the heat of the Earth. A part of each day. Every week I will post a photo of one our doughy creations. From seven-grain loaves to tortillas to hot cross buns to chapati to french bread sticks. If you’re inspired to post a photo of your homemade bread and recipes just leave a comment and link below for everyone to awe and marvel at. You’re also welcome to use the sidebar button if you’d like to.

Pumpkin and Sunflower Seed Breakfast Loaf

1 cup warm milk
1 packet (1/4 ounce yeast)
1/4 cup raw honey
4 tsp vegetable oil
1 cup spelt flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup white flour
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (peptitas)

Heat milk and honey in a saucepan until warm (don't let it get to hot or it will kill the yeast)
Pour into a bowl and mix with yeast.
Mix dry ingredients together in a separate bowl (not the seeds)
Add wet to dry ingredients and the seeds
Mix with your hands until a wet dough begins to form.
the dough should be quite moist and sticky, if it is too dry add warm water a tablespoon at a time until you think you have the right consistency
Knead for 5 minutes (you don't have to work too hard here)
Let rise for 2 hours in a warm place (ideally in the sun)
After it has doubled in size, sprinkle the dough with a small amount of white flour and shape into a fat loaf
Spray bread pan and place loaf in pan
Cover and let rise someplace warm for an additional 40 minutes
20 minutes before baking set oven to 200˚ C
Place bread in oven and turn heat down to 190˚ C. Bake for 28-33 minutes until golden on top and fragrant.



Prairie Mother said...

I love making bread, especially ones with lots of textures! What is spelt flour? I've never heard of it.

Here's one of my favorites!

thenextarrow said...

this looks so wonderful. i definitely need to branch out and tackle bread. thanks for the inspiration!


xo Alison

Tania said...

There should be a law passed about the inclusion of sunflower seeds in all bread. Thanks for sharing the recipe...

Rebecca The Greeniac said...

It looks SOOOO good. I really miss bread, but unfortunatly I've got an allergy (an actual itchy hives kind of allergy) to yeast. Have you found any yeast-free recipes?

Just found your blog and I'm loving it... especially the title LOL!

Yours in Frugal Green-ness,
Rebecca The Greeniac

arwen_tiw said...

Rebecca, have you tried just using the natural yeast in the grains themselves by making a sort of sour-dough with a very long grain-soaking/prooving time? Mix your flour and water and leave to sit for 24hrs, then treat as normal, adding further flour later if necessary and only adding salt in the kneeding. This process makes it not only yeast-free but also makes the grains more easily digestible. The Tassajara bread book has several kinds of surprisingly risen non-yeasted loaves. :) Borrow a copy if you can!

My favorite bread recipe book is Healthy Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. It doesn't have any yeast-free recipes, but everyone else ought to try the no-knead method at least once in their lifetime! :)

ecoMILF said...

@PrarieMother Thanks for the recipe- look forward to it!

@Arwin-Tiw Thanks so much for that yeast-free advice- I've made some yeast free cakey breads before and some yeast free flat bread but not an actual loaf. Good Luck to Rebecca!

xo Meagan.

Rebecca The Greeniac said...

Thanks for the tip arwen_tiw! We used to have a copy hanging around, I'll have to see if I can dig it up... and we'll see how brave I am!

Yours in Frugal Green-ness,
Rebecca The Greeniac

Liesl said...

It looks fabulous - I am trying to imagine the beautiful smell that would have been in your kitchen.

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Lola Nova said...

I just love a seeded/nutty bread! We are still having cold and wet weather so this might be on the agenda for tomorrow morning. Yum!

m.e (Cathie) said...

made a basic white bread today.

Chloe said...

I'm giving the loaf a try tonight!!! I couldn't find vegetable oil anywhere - maybe I missed it at whole foods?
Anyhow I'll let you know how it turns out using olive oil instead :)
Wish me lucK! xoxoxo bisous!

ecoMILF said...


Olive oil will work... other veggie oils that are good and neutral tasting are sunflower or bran. Good Luck and enjoy! xo m.

Chloe said...

Hi Meag! The bread turned out great! Justin and I have taken to calling it our "Amish Breakfast" cause when we eat it with peanut butter, it so filling & hearty that it makes us feel like we can go work in the fields for hours without getting hungry! LOL Thanks for the great recipes and hope you had a fab weekend! xoxoxo Chloe

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