Winter is slowly approaching with bouts of spring like temperatures of 60- 65 degrees, but we have an idea of what is coming. What’s coming, is not an early spring to usher in our famous “leap year”, no its not going to bring early April showers that bring May flowers… No, it is going to snow, blizzard and freeze for the months that precede April and May.
And your point is, it does that every year (just about)…
Enough of the frigid talk… lets talk about something that we can enjoy when we hunkering down on inside keeping warm.
I prefer to cook when I am hunkering down. I enjoy making savory meals with lots of spice to warm things up.A large pot of Chicken and Dumplings, a dish of Lasagna or even Eggplant Parmesan comes to mind with; and oh don’t forget a pot of 5-bean chili. I almost forgot the home made pot pie.. When this pie comes out of the oven bubbling over with goodness, I can hardly contain myself. if it weren’t so hot… well you get the idea. These are the kind of meals that are prepared ahead of time and lay awaiting for the chilly weather to send me inside to grab a bowl of a hot and hearty meal, without much fuss but with plenty of enjoyment.
Lately, I have made a habit of making 1-2 loaves of fresh whole wheat bread weekly. This practice has not only kept me from buying the more expensive higher quality store brought breads, but it allows me to include the beneficial nutrition that I know I need without the added oils, sugars and eggs. There is nothing like the smell of bread baking in the oven, or toasted in the mornings for breakfast.
Sliced and ready for the toaster. Good Morning!
Home Made Loaf Bread – [no Egg or Oil in bread]
- Mix in large bowl the following:
1- Cup Whole Wheat flour
2- Tbsp gluten flour (optional) or Bread Flour
1- Package yeast [2-1/4 teaspoon]
½ – 1 tsp salt
2- Tbsp ground Flax
1 1/2 -cup warm water
2- Tbsp honey (sweetener)
¼ – cup oil substitute (coconut milk or 1/2 cup walnuts or pecans with 1 cup of water)
- Beat for two full minutes.
- **Add additional flour gradually; until able to knead by hand. Continue kneading and adding flour until flour is not sticky.
- Shape into loaf.
- Place in oiled pan(s)
- Let rise for 20 – 30 minutes
- Bake at 350 for 45-50 minutes [depending on oven… thump to check for doneness.
- Allow to cool before slicing.[cool for 2-3 hours]
**Note: Additional flour needed to complete the kneading process of bread making.