I love bread, I love all the gluten in it and I admit I can’t go too long without it. It is a big part of my weekly menu planning: I use it for sandwiches when I need an on-the-go snack or for breakfast when having a day off; so I calculate at least half loaf per week.
I’ve said this before, since I consider bread a delightful treat, I try to buy the good stuff: high quality bread from proper bakeries using wholesome, non-refined flours (preferably the rye kind… even better with some dried fruits and nuts).
Then I came across this tweet from one of my vegan chef heroines, Isa Chandra Moskowitz: “We have the power to bake bread every day and we mostly don’t use it.”
How true is this?! And why am I not doing it?!
With all due respect to bakers out there – trust me, I know bread-making is an art – making your own bread at home doesn’t have to be that complex and it’s actually a quite enjoyable process.
And so, I started this challenge of baking my own bread as much as possible. What I like is that this is probably saving me some money, I can choose what type of bread to make and which flavors to add, PLUS kneading dough is one of the biggest pleasures on Earth!
I started the challenge with a regular oats and oregano loaf, and continued this week with a sun-dried tomato focaccia.
- 1 sachet yeast (7g)
- 410 ml lukewarm water
- 240g (spelt) flour
- 240g durum wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Optional toppings: sun-dried tomatoes, rosemary, thyme, etc.
- Mix the yeast and water until foamy.
- In a big bowl, combine the flours and salt. Add the olive oil and the yeast mixture.
- Knead until you get a smooth dough; cover with a towel and let rise for 2 hours.
- Move the dough to a greased baking tray, stretch the dough around to cover the whole tray's shape and let rise another 40 minutes.
- Make some dimples on the dough, drizzle some olive oil and sprinkle with your favorite herbs; I added some small chunks of sun-dried tomatoes in between.
- Pre-heat the oven to 230 C and bake for 20 minutes.
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