Can you imagine a better scent to wake up to than freshly baked bread? Whether you’re craving a pure loaf or simply feeling courageous to try something new, I invite you to bake bread today. It’s more simple than you would first imagine.
I find that living a conscious life means that we are connected to and curious about the things we consume. Learning-by-doing is one of the best ways to develop an understanding for all that, so why not start by questioning how our bread is made.
I am an advocate for small changes and I do believe that consistent minor improvements are the key to making our lifestyle work for us instead of against us. No need to paralyse yourself with grand gestures. We can start by baking a bread instead. Shall we?
- ½ kg whole-grain flour^
- 250 ml warm water (not hot!)
- 20-25 g fresh yeast^^
- 3 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- Sesame seed / linseed or any kind of seed of your choice
- Put the flour and salt in a large bowl and make a well in the centre. Then add ¾ of the water, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, yeast and mix well.
- Add the rest of the water and knead until you get a smooth dough. If your dough seems to be too stiff you can add another 1-2 tablespoons of water.^^^
- Cover the dough with a tea towel and let it rest for about 20 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C.
- For baking the bread use a roasting pan with a lid or any kind of baking dish with a lid. Brush your dish with olive oil, then shape the dough into a loaf, cut slits in the top of the bread, brush with water and sprinkle some seeds on it.
- Bake for 20 minutes with the lid on, then remove it, lower the heat to 180°C and bake for another 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
^ Feel free to substitute the whole-grain flour with all purpose flour. In this case you might need to add a bit more water to the dough, in order to get the desired consistency.
^^ The size of a fresh yeast cube might be different in some countries and supermarkets (42-50 g), in this recipe we used about half of a cube.
^^^ For mixing the dough we used a hand mixer with dough hooks. No despair in case you don’t have this in your kitchen. Kneading with your hands works fine as well, and it’s a hell of a workout!