My to-bake list is long, very long. Every time an idea hits me, I have to write it down and can’t wait to try it. The result is small papers flying around every where. You should see the front of my fridge. Well you can’t actually see it as it is covered with small notes full of ideas and recipes I want to bake. As is the desktop of my laptop. Full with little post-its. Don’t get me starting about Pinterest…
Every weekend I get into the kitchen and try some of these ideas, sometimes more successful, sometimes less. But almost always I end up with sweet things. Although I am honestly speaking not a big sweet tooth myself!? By boyfriend however, he likes sweet things but I guess lately it was even too much for him. During all my baking-mania he actually succeeded to make a baking request himself. Something which so far never happened. And what did he ask me?
Please could you for once bake something „useful“? Like bread maybe?
Hahaha, oh well I can tell you this hit the right spot. I remembered that I used to make bread, although not always that successful. That’s why I took a baking class about bread almost exactly one year ago! I had learned so much back than and was eager to get started myself. But that somehow never happened. How is that possible? Shame on me, really. It was time to conquer bread baking once and for all. And for this one-year-anniversary was quite the right moment really.
I had a quick look in my pantry and find some small batches of different kind of flours and one bag with mixed seeds which where waiting there for far too long. Perfect, I could mix and use all of them! So lets bake bread! And I have to say, those leftover made quite a nice soft and delicious bread in the end!
Bread Baking Tips:
- Knead your bread for at least 10 minutes to get the gluten going. Use a slow speed for the first few minutes and get a bit higher at the end.
- Cover your dough with a dry kitchen towel or some clingfilm during rising, do not use a moist towel as this will cool the dough!
- Pre-heat your oven AND baking tray beforehand. The oven must be super hot when you get your bread inside.
- Use a very sharp and preferably bend knife to cut your bread.
For the perfect Crust:
- Either spray some water inside in the first 10 minutes of baking, or use a small metal tin which you will also pre-heat and add water once you start baking the bread. Don’t use ceramic as this will burst when you add cold water to it!
- After 10 minutes of baking remove the water tin and open the oven every few minutes to release the water damp. Or jam a wooden spatula in your oven door to keep a small opening to release water damp.
And if you are wondering what this delicious looking spread on my bread is, go to How Sweet it is. I have made her Feta-Yogurt Dip for our dinner, but loved it so much that I also ate it on my bread sprinkled with some cayenne pepper. So good.
- 500g Water
- 650g Plain Flour
- 50g Rye Flour
- 50g Spelt Flour
- 1.5 Packet Dried Yeast (10g)
- 1 Tbsp Salt
- 150g Seeds, mixed
- Add water to your kitchen machine
- In a separate bowl mix the flours and dried yeast
- Add the dry ingredients to the water and start mixing
- Once the dough comes together add the salt
- Mix for 5 minutes at high speed
- Add the seeds and mix again for 5 minutes on lower speed
- Let the dough raise for 1 hour, cover with clingfilm
- Form a round bread loaf and let it raise again for 30 minutes
- Pre-heat the oven to 240°C including the baking tray
- Flour and cut your bread loaf
- Sprinkle some water into the hot oven and bake your bread for 10 minutes
- Reduce the heat to 210°C and bake for another 30-40 minutes, opening the oven door in between to release the water damp