There are days I believe my body forgets I no longer have to get up at 3 a.m. to go to work.
Most days I am able to go back to sleep but last week I woke up on Thursday and couldn’t. I also had some strange desire to have fresh bread for breakfast. So, I started my dough and laid down to watch a movie. I figured I would pass out and let the bread rise. Instead I finished the first movie (The Proposal- funnier than I thought it would be) and shaped the dough into a loaf. I popped in another movie (I hate valentine’s day- romantic comedy) and again thought I might sleep. No luck.
So, by 6, I had watched two movies and had a fresh loaf of bread in the oven. Not a bad way to start the day (but guarantees a nap later in the day…)
And you know what? That stupid loaf was the best one I have had in a while (and I didn’t even use a mixer.)
I guess from now on I will just have to get up at 3 and make bread…
- 1½ cup warm water
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup wheat germ
- ¼ cup each flax, sesame, and poppy seeds
- 2 cup wheat flour
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- Start by place water, yeast, and honey in the bowl of stand mixer. Stir with a wooden spoon to dissolve yeast and honey, let sit for 5-10 minutes or until mixtures begins to foam. (If this does not happen your yeast was either old or your water was too cold or hot.)
- Once yest is ready, add oil, salt, whole wheat flour seeds, and wheat germ. Begin to knead with dough hook, adding the white flour as needed until the dough pulls away from the side of the bowl (dough should still be kind of soft, just not sticky.) Continue to knead for 10 minutes.
- Once done kneading, spray lightly with oil and set in a warm spot and spritz with water. (I usually turn my oven on to 200? and then turn off to use as proofer) Let dough rise until doubled in size- usually about an hour.
- Turn dough out and shape into a loaf and place in a lightly sprayed 9×5 loaf pan. Again, place in warm spot and let rise until dough in size-this is usually about 45 minutes.
- Heat oven to 375˚, spray loaf lightly with water, sprinkle extra seeds on top, and spray with water again. Bake for 45 minutes or until bread is golden on top and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Let cool and slice.