Whole wheat bread recipe

Another bread recipe under my belt. This time I went with whole wheat bread. And it turned out pretty great. I really have to start challenging myself more with bread… sooner or later it will become like cooking pasta…
Maybe I should start measuring and using all the different kind of ingredients. Or maybe I should start making more elaborated things such as croissants and puff pastry… Or maybe I should just enjoy the easiness of making bread and always enjoy freshly baked bread!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 spoons dry yeast
  • salt
  • sugar
  • flax seeds (optional)

Directions

  1. Anyway for this bread 1 cup of unbleached all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour. Dissolve 2 spoons of dry yeast in 1 cup of water and add one spoon of sugar. Let activate and then mix with the flours and a bit of salt. I also threw in a spoon of flax seeds. Knead everything into a smooth, elastic and soft dough, adding a bit of water or flour if necessary. Let rest for a bit (as usual I kneaded in the morning and baked at night). When the dough has risen, form into a loaf (or into rolls) and bake at 450F for about 30 minutes (less if you are going for rolls).
  2. BF loved it… he is getting spoiled!

Irish soda bread recipe

These days the web is full of Irish recipes because of St. Patrick’s. And I kind of had to bake bread today as the whole wheat bread of the other day was done. So I decided to bake some Irish soda bread.

I went exploring on the web and tried to find a good recipe. Most recipe call for buttermilk and sure enough I didn’t have any, so I ended up here and they have not only great explanations but also instructions for buttermilk alternatives. I ended up simply using milk, but I gave a though to making my own buttermilk and butter as explained here. Maybe another time, looks simple enough.

As a first attempt, I think it turned out pretty well! It is particularly good when smothered in butter…

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flous
  • 1 and 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 and 1/2 spoons baking soda
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper

Directions

  1. Here is what I did. I took my food processor out, poured in 2 cups of white flour and 1 of whole wheat flour. I added a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar and a little more than a spoon of baking soda. Started the mixer and then added milk.
  2. I kept adding milk until the dough came together in a ball, probably I added 1 and 1/2 cup or milk or so.
  3. I then moved the bread over some parchment paper and sprinkled a bit of flour on it. I cut a cross on top of the loaf and put it in a 400F oven for about 40 minutes.
  4. During the cooking, the bread rose and opened a bit. Following advice from the Irish soda bread experts, I checked that the bottom sounded hollow when I took the bread out of the oven and let the bread set before breaking it.
  5. I am glad I gave this a shot, because the bread turned out pretty amazing!

Raisin and oregano bread rolls

When I was in Italy and we were in Rome my mom used to wake up early in the morning and go down to the market to buy fresh fruit and on the way back she would stop by the baker and pick a couple of bread rolls for breakfast. Raisin rolls are relatively popular in Italy and pretty much every bake will have his own version. This baker made them not too sweet and added oregano to the mix. It is possibly the best raisin rolls I ever had. So now I am trying to replicate them.  Here is a pretty good attempt.

Raisin and oregano bread rolls

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • oregano

Directions

  1. First I soaked the raisins in warm water. While the raisins where soaking, I started on the bread. I dissolved some dry yeast in a mixture of warm water and milk (about half half). In a bowl, I mixed the flour with some sugar, oregano and a pinch of salt. I then poured the milk mixture in the bowl with the dried ingredients and started mixing with a fork, when the liquids were pretty much incorporated I added the raisins and I started kneading the dough. I had to add a bit more flour to keep the dough from sticking to much. When the dough was smooth and elastic I oiled the bowl and put a lid on it to let the dough raise. Once the dough has doubled, I formed into knot shaped rolls and turned on the oven at 450F. When the oven was ready I baked the rolls for about 20 minutes.
  2. Perfect rolls for breakfast! Not quite the ones I had in Rome, but not bad at all!

Potato bread recipe

The other day I boiled potatoes for making some mashed potatoes, but I baked far too many so the day after I had to use them for something and I decided to go for potatoes bread. It is super soft, fluffy bread and is pretty good too! Definitely a must try.

Ingredients

  • 1lb boiled potatoes peeled
  • 1.2lb flour
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 oz. potatoes buds
  • salt
  • sugar

Directions

  1. I started as usual by dissolving the yeast and sugar in some warm water, then I mixed the water with the flour and the potatoes buds. This dough is quite dry, but don’t worry once you add the potatoes it will work out to just the right consistency. After about 15 minutes, I added a pinch of salt and the potatoes which I mashed using a potato ricer. It is important to mash the potatoes quite finely and a regular masher won’t work, you should use either a ricer or a food mill. I kneaded the mashed potatoes with the flour dough until I got a soft and smooth mixture. I put the dough in a bowl and put a lid on it. After a couple of hours when the dough had risen, I formed the dough into a crown shape and floured it. I put my pizza stone in the oven and warmed up it at 450F. When the oven was warm enough, I baked the bread for about 40 minutes because I like it quite crusty, if you like the bread to be less crusty cook it for 5-10 minutes less.
  2. Nice and soft, great for making sandwiches!

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Walnut bread recipe

Yesterday I had kind of a no-day in the cooking department, I baked/cooked a couple of things and I was not particularly happy with the result with any of them. Actually I might be re-baking the cake I baked yesterday… The one exception was the bread. It might be that it’s an easy thing to make or that I was really feeling the walnut bread thing but not the others. Anyway walnut bread turned out great. Other things not so much.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 spoon dry yeast
  • 1 spoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup walnuts

Directions

  1. I proceeded as usual, first I dissolved the yeast and the sugar in warm water, then I mixed the flours with the salt and the nuts and finally I mixed in the water with the dissolved yeast. This time I tried a “no knead” version so I only mixed the ingredients using a fork. I let the dough raise and when it was more or less doubled, I kneaded it into a loaf shape adding some more flour to prevent sticking. I let the loaf raise for another hour or so and then scored it with some horizontal cuts and placed it on my pizza stone in a 450F oven.
  2. Great bread to go with cheese or honey.