Cookbook Challenge Breakfast theme I thought of all sort of fancy foods - pancakes, tofu scrambles, sausages, muffins. Yet I haven't had much time for special breakfasts lately so I thought I would share what I often have for breakfast. Bread! Mostly toast! With promite, peanut butter and/or cheese.
Julia Stafford is well known in Australia for her healthy eating cookbooks, especially Taste of Life. I was pleased to finally try her country grain and soy bread. It has lots of interesting and healthy ingredients. She noted that it made great toast and I agree. The crust was so nubbly with the bulgar wheat that it has a lovely crunch when toasted.
Q. Is salt necessary in bread dough?
A. The recipe didn't call for any salt. I spoke to my mum about it. She said she didn't always use salt in bread. I know that salt retards the dough rising so I guess this might have risen even faster if I hadn't added some salt. Even with some salt added, I found this a sweetish bread.
Q. Have supermarkets stopped selling cracked wheat (bulger, bulghar)?
I looked in a couple of supermarkets. I asked the shelf packers and mostly got gormless replies but one person hunted for it for me and still couldn't find it. I was surprised how hard it was to find in a supermarket as I thought tabouli was quite a common salad. Fortunately I live among many Middle Eastern groceries so I could still buy it. There the main challenge was what sort to buy - fine, medium, coarse, white, wholemeal. I think I bought fine wholemeal.
Q. Must one have a dough hook to make bread?
Some days it seems I am the only person in the world without a dough hook. It can be a bit of a challenge with some recipes. I let my ingredients rest instead of kneading with a dough hook. Last week I found solace in buying Dan Lepard's The Handmade Loaf.
I am sending this bread to YeastSpotting. This is the weekly round up of bloggers' breads by Susan of Wild Yeast. If you love your bread like I do, you might like to check out her festive YeastSpotting that will be posted tomorrow.
Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: Cheese & pesto muffins and breakfast routine
This time two years ago: Christening Cake
This time three years ago: St Andrew’s Day Haggis
This time four years ago: Cool Green Spring Soup
Country grain and soy bread
From Julia Stafford's Vegetarian Cookbook
14g dried yeast
2 cups lukewarm water
1 tbsp honey (I used agave)
2 cups white bread flour
1 1/2 cups wholemeal plain flour
1/2 cup soy flour
1/2 cup cracked wheat
2 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp sunflower seeds
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp salt (optional)
Combine yeast, lukewarm water, honey and flours. Knead with a dough hook for about 5 minutes. (I don't have a dough hook so I left my mixture to rest for 30 minutes and then kneaded it but next time I will add all the ingredients together.) Add seeds and cracked wheat and salt if using. Knead another few minutes until bread is soft and supple. Return dough to scraped out bowl. Cover with a damp tea towel and let rise for about 30 minutes until it has doubled in size. Punch down and knead briefly. Place in greased bread tin, cover and set aside to rise another 30 minutes. Bake in 230 C oven for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on a rack.
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