or something like that
here’s a great recipe to get you started. i just made my first batch, and i’m thinking it will be the first of many!
Sara’s Whole Wheat Bread (i made it 1/2 wheat and 1/2 white so it wouldn’t shock my family too much…):
2 TBSP yeast
1/2 cup brown sugar + 1/2 cup white sugar OR 1 cup raw organic sugar
2 cups warm water (about the temperature of water you would use for a baby’s bath- too hot and you will kill the yeast; too cold and the yeast won’t multiply)
put these in a bowl together and set them aside for a few minutes so the yeast can get started eating up the sugar and getting nice and bubbly.
in another bowl, mix together:
1-1/2 cups oil
2 tsp sea salt (or you can use any you have on hand; i’m just being a pretentious seattle person to say sea salt! )
2 cups warm water
when this is mixed together, you can add it to the yeast stuff.
6-7 cups white flour
6-7 cups wheat flour
and/or other flours as long as the total will be 13- 14 cups.
the darker your flours, the longer rising times you will want. plan on anywhere from 1-1/2 hour to 2-1/2 hours as a guideline… (depends on the heat and humidity in your house, but ideally you will want it to look smooth and springy and bouncy and somewhat airy when it’s ready to shape into loaves)
punch down and shape into loaves or rolls and put on or in greased pans, keeping in mind that they will expand as they bake (so leave room).
allow to rise for another 1/2 hour, brush with beaten egg, and bake at 350 for about 1/2 hour.
generally bread will have a hollow sound if you knock on it when it’s done baking. it should be a beautiful golden brown on the outside. bread also freezes great and can be thawed to eat at room temperature, or to really wow your family- wrap it in foil and let it reheat in a warm oven. not only will it make your house smell great, but it will get that fresh-out-of-the-oven warm yumminess back!
if you are brave and can roast a head of garlic in some olive oil and then smear it on this bread- watch out, you may have to create a new 12-step program!
have an awesome weekend!