Today I'm making the basic, Tassajara Yeasted Bread following the recipe HERE. The substitutions I incorporated today are: I used clover honey for my sweetener, and a half and half mixture of %100 King Arthur (KA) whole wheat flour and KA All Purpose Flour in the "sponge." In the second addition of flour, I used half and half of KA All Purpose Flour and Gold Medal Better For Bread flour. In our area today it was rainy, and I found I didn't need all of the second addition of 4 cups of flour, more like about 3 1/2 cups. I also punched the dough down after an hour and went for a second rising of 40 minutes. This recipe of bread is supposed to make 2 - 4 1/2 x 8 1/2 pans worth. After brushing the bread with an egg wash, I sprinkled a bit of 7 grain mix from the health food store on top.
Let me just say, it's been YEARS since I made bread that required kneading AND I LOVED IT!! There is just something so soothing about the over and over action of your entire body. Here are a few pictures of today's bread making......
Creating the Sponge
A few bread myths...
- "It takes too long to make bread from scratch." I didn't find that to be true especially with this recipe. Since there were several steps, I would just measure out the flour for the next step while I was waiting.
- "It costs too much money to make and buy all the equipment." Bread is very forgiving. Remember, people have been baking it for EONS! Flour, salt, water, yeast and a little sweetener cost very little compared to a $3 loaf of bread at the store AND you know every little ingredient that goes into it. I also found everything it took to put it together; measuring cups and spoons, bowls, spatulas and pans already in my cupboard or I've seen pans at the thrift shop for literally less than a dollar.
- "I work and can't stay home to babysit bread all day." Well, have you ever thought about a an electric breadmaker. Most of them are programmable so you don't need to do more than measure a few things before work and set it up to be done when you get home.
- "But it doesn't taste like store bread." Thankfully that one IS the truth! It tastes way better!