Bread, made for thousands of years has now become a mystery to a lot of people in first world countries. I have finally taken the time to learn how to create this ancient form of sustenance not because it is the cool thing to do, not even because it is the healthy thing to do but, because being 'poor' drove me to it. That's right my husband and I were thinking of ways to save money and one small way to do that is to make our own bread. Now I know what you are thinking, "Amanda you are married to a chef, what is the big deal? He can make you bread till the cows come home." Well first off we don't have cows and second I am the stay at home parent, not him, which means I have the time to make it, not him, so yeah. I had to get over my fears of flat horrible tasting bread and dive into the joys of baking. To do this I went to Costco and bought a 25 pound bag of flour, over kill you say? Yes, absolutely, but that is all they had so I had no choice. I also did not want to have to make another trip somewhere else because I had all three kids with me. The great thing about buying that much flour is you feel like you can mess up a couple loaves first because you have so much to work with. Well the first thing I did was get the easiest recipe I could find. My friend Michelle, who makes a loaf every day for her family of 6, has an easy recipe that is only 5 little ingredients and makes one scrumptious loaf of sandwich bread. After mastering that, I finally got up the nerve to stretch my wings and try other interesting combinations. The recipe you see here is one such combo, Enjoy!!!
The Recipe is as follows:
1 1/4 cups of very warm water.
2 tsp of yeast
3 T of maple syrup or other sweetener
Add all three together in large bowl and wait for 10 minutes for yeast to bloom.
3 cups of flour (can be whole wheat or white or mixture, just know the more whole wheat the denser the bread)
1 to 2 T of olive oil
Mix altogether and let sit in a warm area for entire hour (basically it won't rise if your house is 'freezing')
Once it has risen use spatula to scrape out onto floured surface and knead the air bubbles out. Create a flat surface to spread your cinnamon and raisins onto then knead some more! Put the whole pile of dough into oiled bread pan and let sit for another 30 minutes.
Finally pop into an oven set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and leave in for about 45 minutes, all ovens are different. Then Enjoy!!!!