Alaska was one America’s final wild land, frontier, unexplored region.Well, after it was bought from Russia it was.My final frontier for true exploration was breads.I really stress sometimes over breads.You just never know when it will come out well, will it rise ? Will it be to heavy? All kinds of stress.Not that enjoyable.
But, I have finally , in the last 6 months or so, truly began to accept my inner pioneer and explorer spirit and work my way into just baking breads, instead of buying store bought.
I know, I am one brave person.one day, perhaps, there will be some monday holiday based about my bravery with baking breads.That would be majestic, would it not?
So, there you have it.Today’s is nothing wild, or very adventurous, I admit, but whole wheat bread is among my favorites, so that is what I made.Whatever, maybe I will not get that monday holiday after all.
- 2 and 1/2 cups of Whole Wheat Flour.
- 2 tablespoons of sugar.
- 1 tablespoon of salt.
- 2 tablespoons of Earth Balance.
- 1 cup of warm water.
- 2 packets of yeast.
- 1 tablespoon of Earth Balance, melted.
Firstly, mix the two packets of yeast with the warm water, and let it sit, for about 6 minutes.
Grab yourself a nice big bowl, and put in the salt, sugar, flour in said bowl and mix.You are well on your way to making bread.Add the two tablespoons of Earth Balance and mix it into the flour with a fork.The flour should be looking clumpy.Add the yeast and water combination to the flour, and mix well.You will now have to knead the the dough.
After you have kneaded the dough for 8 minutes, place the dough in a bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise.
You want the dough to rise to double it’s size.I cold tell you this should take an hour, but if you have made bread before, it could take longer.So, just be patient.
Has it risen? How exciting.Now, shape it into a loaf, and place in a sprayed or oiled bread pan or something similar, cover again with damp cloth, and let it rise, again.This time, it should not take as long, and once it has, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Now, this is when you brush the top of the loaf with the melted Earth Balance.Place it in the oven, and let it cook for 25 minutes, or till it it is cooked.A good trick is to tap the bread, if it sounds hollow, it is ready to go.
I think that does it, or maybe it does, I really have no idea.Parting is such sweet sorrow, or some other bullshit.Oh, and here is another song to add to your making bread tunes, you are so welcome.