A Book, A Bike Ride, and Four Loaves of Bread

It is the beginning of the busy season at my place of employment and today is/was my only day off this week, sandwiched between a series of busy and stressful days. But as usual–being the doer that I am–I had a series of things that I planned on accomplishing today. My man-cave is in desperateContinue reading “A Book, A Bike Ride, and Four Loaves of Bread”

On Being Kneady

If you’ve been to this blog before you know that I like to bake bread…a lot. And like many bakers over the years I have come to rely on the mechanical means of an electric mixer to do the tough work…knead the dough. Most of my bread recipes, in fact, include a direction something likeContinue reading “On Being Kneady”

Ezekiel Bread (revisited)

“Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself.”—Ezekiel 4:9 (NIV) This is one of my favorite breads..it is not too difficult to make and it is super-nutritious. I’ve posted on this bread and variations of it in the pastContinue reading “Ezekiel Bread (revisited)”

Beautiful Rustic Bread Made with Just Four Ingredients and a Few Simple Steps

If you’ve been to this blog before you know that I am a proponent of making your own bread. Contrary to common misconception it is neither difficult or time consuming…it basically makes itself, you simply combine the ingredients and guide it along. This is the most basic recipe using the most minimal ingredients…and it’s becauseContinue reading “Beautiful Rustic Bread Made with Just Four Ingredients and a Few Simple Steps”

Ezekiel Bagels and a Loaf of Bread

Today at work I made Ezekiel bread for the simple reason that I like making it and it is my favorite bread…and I believe it is exceedingly healthy. What was different with today’s bread was that I made half of the dough into bagels. Now many bread bakers may disagree with me, but I findContinue reading “Ezekiel Bagels and a Loaf of Bread”

Sweet Potato Sandwich Bread Recipe with Photos

This is a variation of classic potato bread…the difference is that I substituted sweet potatoes for the white potatoes, used olive oil instead of butter, honey instead of sugar, and incorporated some whole wheat flour to give it a little flavor and texture. I’ve made this bread in the past (or at least some variationContinue reading “Sweet Potato Sandwich Bread Recipe with Photos”

24-Hour 100% Whole Wheat Bread

As is often the case I’ve been experimenting with different recipes for healthy bread…in this case 100% whole wheat. I’m convinced (or at least hoping) I’ll eventually get the recipe I want. But before I get into the latest experiment I should answer a couple questions asked by readers recently albeit on earlier posts. JohnContinue reading “24-Hour 100% Whole Wheat Bread”

Whole Wheat Sun Dried Tomato Bread with Cheddar and Parmesan (step-by-step photos and instructions)

 Bring 3 cups of water to a boil, turn it off, then add 8 ounces (about 2 cups) of sun dried tomatoes to the hot water. Allow the liquid to cool to room temperature.  Combine the tomato-water mixture with 3 cups of whole wheat flour and a tablespoon of instant yeast. Place it in aContinue reading “Whole Wheat Sun Dried Tomato Bread with Cheddar and Parmesan (step-by-step photos and instructions)”

Seven-Grain Whole Wheat Bread

If you’ve visited this blog before then you know that I enjoy baking bread. After years of doing so it is rare that the loaves do not turn out really good, but some are better than others. Then there are the instances where everything is aligned just right–the temperature of the dough, grains cooked justContinue reading “Seven-Grain Whole Wheat Bread”

29 Hour Whole Wheat Bread

 This is a method I use for making bread when I want to control the bread process and not let it dictate my life for the day…using a refrigerator to retard the dough can stretch the bread making process up to 3 days. This is a method of baking professional bakers use…controlling the temperature ofContinue reading “29 Hour Whole Wheat Bread”

Whole Wheat Focaccia

I made this simple focaccia today to take to take to my sister’s house as part of out Easter dinner. It’s made with a basic bread dough, but I substituted 1/3 of the flour with course whole wheat flour. I also added a little honey to the dough. This focaccia is another example of howContinue reading “Whole Wheat Focaccia”

Ezekiel Bread

(If you are coming upon this post via a search engine you can find an updated version of this recipe here.) I eat a lot of bread; I always have. I eat bread virtually with every meal, and thus I feel that I am living proof that bread does not make a person fat. IContinue reading “Ezekiel Bread”

Yet Another Pizza (and loaf of bread)

If you’ve read any of my previous ramblings you’ve probably surmised by now that I like to make bread and pizza. Leavened dough products, in my opinion, should really be listed in their own food group. Pizza is a great way to utilize what you have in the fridge (or freezer). Unfortunately, I believe peopleContinue reading “Yet Another Pizza (and loaf of bread)”

Autumnal Food and My First Snowy Ride on the Mundo

Bread For Thanksgiving Dinner I am truly blessed in that I have three lovely sisters who give me the day off on Thanksgiving. The only things that I am required to do are bring freshly baked bread and carve the bird. I know that my younger sister likes roast red pepper bread, so I usuallyContinue reading “Autumnal Food and My First Snowy Ride on the Mundo”

A Few Recipes, Thoughts, and a Couple Cartoons

100% Whole Wheat Bread: I’ve been playing around with a variation (simplification) of Peter Reinhart’s whole grain bread recipe. I find the idea of home made bread being made without too much fuss and it not occupying your time and thoughts very interesting. I much rather incorporate it into the rhythm of my day. ManyContinue reading “A Few Recipes, Thoughts, and a Couple Cartoons”

Pictures of Autumn

It’s easy to live simply in the city during the summer…there are no heating concerns, and vegetable gardens grow like weeds. But as the seasons march forward, things change. Autumn has always been, and still is, my favorite season. I had a few days off this past weekend and used the time to ready myselfContinue reading “Pictures of Autumn”