Hi all! I’ve been wanting to make homemade bread for the longest time, but just couldn’t find the time. However, I was I finally able to attempt and personally I think it turned out great! The great thing about this recipe is there are the basic ingredients for the bread, but you can add and take out many extra ingredients such as the millet, flax seeds, and oats that I add. Next time I want to try adding some different nuts and maybe even raisins. But for now take a look at this healthy creation:
1. You’ll want to add about 3/4 tablespoon of yeast to 1 1/2 cups of room temperature/warm water. You may want to let the yeast set inside the water for a few minutes before moving onto the next step.
2. You’ll then want to add about 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 cups of whole wheat flour, and 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour. I found it easier to add a little bit of the flour at a time. This made it easier to mix and get the water evenly distributed to create the dough. Once mixed, you’ll end with a stick consistency of dough.
3. You’ll then want to coat the same bowl with olive oil by lifting the dough up and then placing it back in the bowl or if you don’t mind the extra dishes you can coat a new bowl and then place the dough in there. You’ll then want to cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid of some sort and place it in a warm area for about 1 hour. I find placing it in a oven (that’s not currently on) perfect.
4. Once the dough has risen, you’ll want to take it out of the bowl and place on a floured surface. Here you will start kneading the dough and slowly adding extra ingredients you want your dough to have. In this case like I said previously, I added 1/4 cup of millet, 1/4 cup of flax seeds, and 1/4 cup of rolled oats. Make sure you add a little bit at a time and to continuously knead the dough while adding flour along the way to ensure even distribution and to remove the stickiness.
5. You’ll then want to grease a baking sheet (I used olive oil again), transfer the kneaded dough to the baking sheet, and let it sit for about 45 minutes. Ya know, give the dough a little break before the next step.
6. You’ll then want to preheat the oven to about 450 degrees fahrenheit. While the oven is heating up, you’ll want to get about 1 cup of hot water ready to place inside a metal pan. This pan will be placed on the oven rack below the bread. I read somewhere that this helps the bread bake much better, resulting in a softer bread. You’ll also want to make about 2-3 cuts in the bread (only about a few centimeters deep).
7. Bake the bread for about 30 minutes or until golden-brown. Cut the bread into slices and enjoy!
If you’ve made homemade bread before, I’d love to see how you made it compared to this recipe.
Thanks for reading!
Recipe from: Minimalist Baker. (Great recipes!)