Things That Can be Carried on a Bike (#411)…and a recipe

Things on the Bike…a canvas bag containing a laptop computer, another canvas bag containing–among other things–a camera and a couple books, a plastic soda crate containing three loaves of freshly baked sweet potato bread, a dough rising bucket, and five slightly used taper candles.

The recipe below is one that I’ve made plenty of times but is not the exact one which I used for the bread in these pictures (those pictured were made with all whole wheat flour). At any rate, it’s a really good recipe.

Honey-Sweet PotatoSandwich Bread
Makes 2 loaves
2 cups water
2 packages active dry yeast
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 medium sweet potatoes, cooked andpeeled
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
3 tablespoons olive oil
4-5 cups bread flour
3 teaspoons kosher salt
Combine the water, yeast, and 1 cup offlour; stir to form a batter. Allow to ferment for 1 hour. Add thesweet potatoes and mash them into the ferment with a spoon or fork.Stir in the honey, eggs and olive oil, then add 4 cups bread flouralong with the salt. Mix then knead the dough for 10 minutes (if itis too soft add an additional cup flour). Place the dough in a bowlat room temperature, cover it with plastic wrap, and allow it toferment for 1 – 1 1/2 hours. Divide the risen dough into twopieces, shape them into loaves, and place them in oiled loaf pans.Allow the bread to rise for 45 minutes; meanwhile, preheat an oven to425F. Bake the bread for about 30 minutes, rotating it twice for evenbaking. Remove the loaves from their pans and place them on a wirerack or towel to cool before slicing.

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