Welcome to post 5 of my 100 day challenge. Checkout my introduction for some background.
I know I said that I was going to keep an IT theme throughout this challenge. But I came across something today that I had to share with you.
Three years ago I was mad about baking bread. I made several loaves a week of different kinds. I was in the process of changing my diet and getting rid of all of the crap that I ate and drank such as Coke, chocolate, mints and other goodies. So one thing I began to do was swap the things we bought for healthier alternatives, brown pasta instead of white, natural yogurt instead of mixed yogurt, salad instead of chips and wholemeal bread instead of white.
Over christmas 2011 my grandma (on my dads side) bought me a cookery book called Grandma’s Best Recipes. On page 221 in that book there was a recipe for white bread. I made that bread not long after, but the one I made was crap the dough was really sticky and I got it all over my hands and the kitchen. I cooked it following the instructions to the letter but it didn’t rise properly and was gooey in the middle. But that didn’t put me off, I had been bitten by the baking bug and the next year was filled with a bread making frenzy.
I baked white bread, wholemeal bread, seeded bread and had a brief foray making three different kinds of sour dough thanks to my friend Michael at my previous job who recommended it.
But the bread that I made the most of was wholemeal bread. After a while making the bread by following various recipes and buying random packets of bread mix I began experimenting. My first experiments were ok, nothing spectacular. I made knotted bread but the only recipe I can find now to illustrate is the one here which I enjoyed but I couldn’t use them to make a sandwich very easily.
I then began to craft my own recipe for wholemeal bread which was a trial and error process or in my case mostly error. I used to make the bread to eat with my home made leek and potato soup. I made bread for family members. But then I got into running and forgot about making bread.
That is until this evening after work when I was sitting down to write todays blog post. Which has now been pushed backwards in favour of what you are reading now, I won’t tell you what it is you’ll have to wait and see. But I needed to get my glasses and a notebook. I found an exercise book and opened it to begin making notes and the first page was a wholemeal bread recipe that I had written and forgotten about. I decided to type it up for posterity and thought I’d share it with you now.
Wholemeal Bread Recipe
- 475g strong wholemeal bread flour
- 1.5 tsp sugar
- 1.5 tsp salt.
- 7g pack of easy bake yeast (or whatever yeast you can get)
- 60g butter
- 300ml water 1 part boiling 2 parts cold mixed just before use.
- Mix the flour, sugar, salt and yeast together in a large mixing bowl.
- Rub in all of the butter until the mixture represents fine bread crumbs.
- Mix in the water a bit at a time until it resembles a thick dough.
- Kneed the dough on a lightly dusted surface for 10 minutes but not too hard.
- Put the loaf in a loaf tin greased with butter.
- Cover the tin with a mixing bowl and put somewhere warm for an hour (I put mine on top of the dryer).
- Pull out of the tin knock it back, kneed it lightly, fold and put back in the tin. Use a sharp knife to cut a slice across the length of the top.
- Cover and leave for half an hour to allow it to rise again and at the time time preheat the oven to gas mark 8.
- Brush with water, spray a mist of water into the oven and put it in the oven for 15 minutes.
- After 15 minutes brush again with water, turn around and cook for a further 15 minutes on gas mark 6, spray water into the oven again.
- Take out the oven brush with water, take out of tin and put in a bag to cool.
There you have it my wholemeal bread recipe. Feel free to experiment. Normal IT related posts will resume tomorrow.
Can you improve on any of the tips I’ve discussed here? If you can let me know in the comments.