Photographs – Bread on a Stormy Day

Thank goodness, yesterday’s bread didn’t overflow.  Matter of fact, it was just about perfect.  Whole grain breads don’t usually rise super-high, so I was actually safe in letting it sit a little long.  This is how I made it: 

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 pack yeast
  • about 1/2 cup of Agave nectar or sugar or honey
  • 1 cup warm water (not a mistake)
  • 1/2 cup room temperature olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 cups of flour – about 1 of millet flour, 1.5 of barley flour and 1.5 of whole wheat flour (not that it matters, except you get a very sour/bitter loaf if you use too much barley)
  • 1 tablespoon of flax seed meal (bread is a good place to supplement with this)

Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup of water in large bowl.  Let it sit for a few minutes, then add your choice of sweet stuff (see above).  Mix well, then add 1 cup water and oil.  Mix dry ingredients (last three) together.  Add flour mixture into the wet stuff a cup at a time, stirring after each cup.  The dough will get stiffer as you stir.  At the end, it will be a soft dough.  Stir well, making sure the flour is completely mixed in.  This will not be a stiff dough and doesn’t require kneading.  Cover with waxed paper or spray plastic wrap and cover loosely.  Let sit in warm place, like on top of stove.  Let rise until nice and puffy (to volume of about one and a half times previous), stir it down with flour-dipped spoon.  Let rise again, turn into loaf pan or casserole pan that has been sprayed with oil.  Place in 400 degree oven and let cook until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  It the top starts to get too brown, put foil on top and continue cooking until done (approximately 45 minutes).

This is what you get:barleymilletwholewheatbread.jpg  . 

I am totally a fan of naked bread, but feel free to dress it up with apple sauce, butter, cinnamon, ham or whatever floats your boat.  There’s nothing like fresh-baked bread.  I’m looking forward to a tomato sandwich for lunch.

It is windy and raining this morning, and the sky caught my attention as I looked out my front door.  The clouds are moving with such speed that you can see the progression in these photos, taken about 10 seconds apart:

storma.jpg  stormb.jpg  stormc.jpg  stormd.jpgYou can follow that large mass of clouds from the top left corner into the frame until it covers the whole top of the frame (left to right), and see the smaller mass of clouds just right of the house move to the right and be replaced by more swift-moving clouds.  This was beautiful and fierce to watch.  Clicking on any of the photos to enlarge it will bring you the powerful mood of this weather. 

The plan for my day is already set.  Knit, knit, knit to replace the frogged item.  I will be quoting from the Obama campain, “Yes we can…knit this piece.”  More exciting primary results tonight.  Stay tuned.



One Response

  1. I could actually smell the bread. Looks delicious and a tomato sandwich sounds good. I have not had luck making bread. Maybe I will try your recipe, after all a grandmother should know how to make bread. Primary results should be ready by now. Tootle-loo, bye-bye

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