I hope I'm not duplicating any old topic now (couldn't find one, at least)... Of course we need a thread about bread!
I don't know about the situation where you live, but myself, I've often been annoyed by the fact that there is no decent bread at reasonable price! It's all white sugared-down pieces of sponge, everywhere. So, if you want a good bread you have to make it yourself.
This is what I usually make:
Day 1: setting sourdough
Mix 2 dl of water at about body temperature and 2 dl of rye flour in a glass yar. Add a few tablespoons of grated apple. Leave it standing, and shake it a couple of times per day.
Day 3: final touch
Add 1 dl of water and 1 dl more of the flour to the jar. Leave overnight.
Day 4: making the bread!
Boil 2 dl of crushed rye in about 4 dl of water (it soaks the water up; add more if it gets dry) for about 15 minutes. Let it cool to room temperature.
Mix the crushed rye porridge with the sourdough. Add 5 dl of water at body temperature. Crush these dried seeds in a mortar and add them: 1 tablespoon of cumin, 1 tablespoon of anis and 1 tablespoon of fennel.
Add 150 g of room tempered margarine, in pieces, and half a tablespoon of salt.
Then start mixing in the flour, which is good exercise (unless you've got a machine to do it). I use about 1,2 l of wheat flour, and about another 5 dl of rye flour.
Unfortunately, the dough will be rather sticky and hard to handle. If you're better than me at baking, please do provide your ideas how to improve on this
Leave it under a cloth for about 2 hours or till your patience runs out.
Make loaves (this should suffice for about three), and leave them under a cloth for 40 minutes. Put them in the oven at 220 degrees Celsius until the crust becomes brown.
Please share your bread-y thoughts!
Foods to make in praise of our Blessed FSM, pasta based and otherwise.
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