A HEAVENLY LOAF - FROM JO'S PRAIRIE
I have been experimenting with making sourdough bread lately and think I've found a recipe that works for us:) Here it is for those of you who were wondering. I have to say thank you to Heather, at Mountain Home Quilts for her inspiration to start making our own bread. Check out her Etsy shop for beautiful quilts!
(If you would like to see this in it's original form, go to Jo's Prairie here.)
Bobbi Jo's Prairie Bread Recipe:
2 1/2 c whole wheat flour
3 c. white bread flour
2 1/2 t sea salt
2 1/2 t dry yeast
1 c. warm milk
2 T agave nectar
2 T butter, softened
1/2 c warm water
1 1/4 c. sourdough starter
From a previous post: Homemade bread has become a favorite in the this house. The boys helped me knead whole wheat bread this afternoon and had a great time. I tried out Red Mill's ground flaxseed to make more of a "sandwhich" bread. Substituting a half cup flaxseed meal for a half cup of whole wheat seemed to be a perfect recipe:)
In a large bowl, combine 1 c. whole wheat flour, 1 c. bread flour, salt, and yeast. Stir in milk and butter. Add starter, agave, and water. Gradually mix in the rest of the flours ( 2 c. bread flour and 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour.
Turn dough onto clean, floured surface and knead for 8-10 minutes. Place a greased bowl and cover with damp dish cloth. *I like to use coconut oil to grease my bowls. Use your fingers to rub it on- if you have excess, just use as a hand lotion:) Let rise for one hour in a warm place.
This is a picture of the end of this rising process. It should double in size.
Punch down your dough and let rest for 15 minutes. Shape into loaves. Place on greased baking sheet (above picture). Let rise 1 hour. I warmed my oven today for this process and let it rise in the oven. It worked much better! Just turn the oven on low and then turn it off- you should be able to touch the inside of the oven. Brush tops with egg wash (1 egg, beaten) and bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. *I use my finger to brush the egg on. Here they are... ready for the oven!
Baker, Baker, Bread Maker!
It's very rewarding to see my son light up when "his" bread comes out of the oven.
He is so proud of himself and really enjoys that first taste test:)