kate5kiwis: whole again


“If you were all alone in the universe with no one to talk to, no one with which to share the beauty of the stars, to laugh with, to touch, what would be your purpose in life? It is other life, it is love, which gives your life meaning. This is harmony. We must discover the joy of each other, the joy of challenge, the joy of growth.” — Mitsugi Saotome

Sunday, May 25, 2008

whole again

every so often i throw my hands in the air and begin re-eliminating all the *white stuff* that seems to surreptitiously creep back into our life. i haven't quite gone the whole hog and started grinding our own organic wheat, but i dragged the bag of wholemeal flour outta the pantry this morning, and with a backward glance at our broken breadmaker, i rolled up my sleeves.

think *five* and into a huge bowl, throw:
500ml lukewarm water
5tsp surebake yeast
5 tsp raw sugar

stir briefly, cover with folded apron and leave on bench for a quarter of an hour until yeast is nice and frothy. forget that it's waiting there and return an hour later to see yeast is *incredibly* nice and frothy.

now throw in
5 cups wholemeal flour
1 happy egg

2 tsp salt

mix around a few times with wooden spoon until dough gathers together, there's no need to touch dough if you don't like to, which i don't. (i don't like playing with that preschool goop stuff either.) place in oven at 5o degrees celsius, covered with folded apron for about an hour and a half, until dough has risen to twice its original size.

sprinkle risen dough with white flour and ease it onto the bench. give it a wee knead and quickly shape into 2 loaves, place side by side on flat tray.
whizz it back into the oven, still at 50 degrees celsius.
let it rise for the second time, for about an hour.
turn up oven to 180 degrees celsius.
bake whole loaves 25 minutes until deliciously golden brown.
cool on bench. attempt to beat the gannets back with a large feather duster... oh, quickly remove loaf from gannets' reach for *photographic purposes* which sounds official enough for said gannets to fly off of their own accord.

this bread has a wonderfully soft moist texture without being "heavy" - i think it's the egg that does it.

at our place, the thick slices are devoured warm with fresh creamery butter and raspberry jam.
oh, i am feeling so domestic-goddessy right now:
the smell of fresh-baked bread is the greatest thing in the world - except for a nice MLT - mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe... they're so perky, i love that.
(movie line)


Blogger Little Miss Flossy said...

LOL - was it Miracle Max who said that? I can't believe we use the same bread formula... makes sense really though, when you think about it, totally mathematical. It's the 'formula' I teach my Year 8's - 400ml for 4 people, 600ml for 6 people - works every time. Jono can do it by himself now, totally impressed his grandparents by making Monkey Bread when they stayed over the weekend.

1:29 PM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

yep, 'twas the 'mazing Miracle Max who said that, 'cept of course he was referring to True Love, not Katie's Bread... but they're really one and the same.

hmmm... the original bread recipe i tried all those years ago when i first started making bread had a couple of Tbsp of (olive) oil in it and it was really confusing trying to measure the right amount of water. by trial and error, i finally hit upon the magic *blonde* formula of 100ml liquid per cup of flour. and of course wholemeal flour needs a little extra liquid... hence i whang the egg in it, cos it seems to help the dough to rise and also gives it that wonderfully soft moist texture.
i think i'll do it all again tomorrow!!

hey, way to go Jono... you are rather inspiring, you know.
mwah X

5:00 PM  
Blogger Ginaagain said...

Oh! I haven't made bread in so long. I think it's time. Thanks for the inspiration.

5:48 AM  
Blogger LeighLeigh said...

I am currently sitting here eating a slice of bread with slightly too much butter - but it just came out of the oven about 15 mins ago, and how can you resist it....while my pumpkin soup is simmering away on the stove - THANK YOU for the recipe - of course it was only *3* for us, but it inspired me, and tonights dinner will be delish! I haven't made my own bread since arriving home from London - of course it was Jamie who inspired me there...and well, I got given a bread maker and haven't had the urge to knead for a while.
Love youxx

3:38 PM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

awesome, yeah, that's what i find myself doing in june/july... making bread and soup and muffins... and in september all of a sudden i feel the urge to exercise... it's all rather cyclical lol.
mwah X

what? i inspired YOU in the kitchen?
*falls off chair*
oh that is so fabulously ninja-y... and my name is synonymous with jamie... and i am the kitchen muse...
*wakes up and gets back on chair*
i grabbed another pumpkin today, i am definitely feeling soupy lol
luff u
mwah X

7:16 PM  
Blogger Reluctant Blogger said...

That looks just so yummy. I LOVE bread but tend not to eat it these days (does horrid things to my innards!) - but the smell is just the best in the world.

10:44 PM  
Blogger kate5kiwis said...

oh what a shame about your reaction to bread. my friend rach makes a sourdough (sans yeast)... maybe that'd be cool?
mwah X

7:36 PM  
Blogger Liesl said...

Wow, I've never heard of an easy to remember bread recipe like this one - as soon as I convert C to F I'm trying this out.

I know what you mean about the white stuff - it's just insidious, and I regularly stop and say, "Whoa, Nellie, easy on the processed foods!"

1:15 PM  

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