Some of you know, by now, that I like to alter recipes and put my own twist on them. I made a loaf of fresh bread yesterday and did just that. Here is my recipe. I hope you enjoy it!
- Water , lukewarm – 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon
- Sea salt – 1/2 teaspoon
- Clover honey – 1/4 cup
- White flour – 1 1/2 cups
- Whole wheat flour – 1 1/2 cups
- Real butter – 1 tablespoon
- Toasted Seasame Oil – 1 1/2 teaspoons
- Dry milk – 1 tablespoon
- Herbs de Provence – 1 teaspoon
- Yeast – 1 teaspoon
I use a bread machine to do my kneading, then remove the dough and let it rise naturally before baking it in the oven. Thus, my instructions are meant to be used with a bread machine.
Combine all of the ingredients in order. Set the bread machine to the dough cycle and let it mix the ingredients.
Grease a bread pan and sprinkle flax seed on the bottom and sides. The flax seed releases a small amount of oil while the bread is baking and helps prevent sticking, plus flax is good for you. Set the pan aside and check on the dough. If the dough looks a little too flakey, add water , a tablespoon at a time until the dough just holds together. You want the dough to form a ball that is not sticky.
Once the machine stops kneading the bread, remove it. On my machine, the timer shows about an hour left. This is ok. Just shut the machine off.
Roll and stretch the dough into a log that fits into the bread pan. Press it out so it touches the sides. Cover the dough with paper towel or a clean cloth. Sit it in a warm area and allow it to rise. The rising process usually takes an hour, but on hot days it can happen faster and on cold days it can take longer. A heating pad placed on the stove top with the bread pan sit on top of it helps heat up the pan and facilitates the rising process on cold days. I allow my bread to rise until it is an inch or so above the top of the bread pan. Be sure to remove the toweling from time to time as the dough is rising to make sure the dough does not stick to it.
Once the dough has risen to the height you desire, preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the bread on the lowest rack in the oven making sure to remove any upper racks. Bake the bread for 25 minutes or until it sounds hollow when you tap on the center of the bread.
Remove the bread from the oven and slather real butter all over the top of the bread. Let some of the butter run down the sides as well.
Cool the bread for 10 minutes, then remove it from the pan. Finish cooling (unless you want a slice of warm bread!) and seal it in a bread bag. You can buy bread bags in most stores in the same area they sell freezer and storage bags. You can store the bread in a bread box or in the refrigerator. We generally eat the entire loaf in a day or so. Leftover bread – at this point – goes to the chickens.