There is something about baking homemade bread that just makes you feel good.
I have not been cooking too much because it’s summer and I’d rather be outside enjoying the few months of perfect weather we get here in Washington, plus I usually get caught up watching the kids outside. So when I had a slow enough day to make the bread dough and turn on the oven for an hour, I was very excited. I haven’t made homemade bread in FOREVER and this multigrain bread loaf has been calling my name. The downside is I learned it isn’t quite cool enough here (since we don’t have AC in the house) to keep the oven on for that long. We paid the price in the evening, boy was it hot!
I wanted a bread that would go with dinner plus be good leftover for breakfast or lunches. I adapted a recipe from one of my baking cookbooks and it turned out great. Dense and hearty but that’s what I would expect from a whole grain bread.
It was delicious fresh out of the oven dipped in olive oil and balsamic for dinner. Then the next day I toasted it with some preserves for breakfast which was so good. I am thinking it would be great thinly sliced for a panini sandwich also. I will definitely be making this again- not only was it good but easy to make. It’s so nice to eat bread without all those preservatives. I truly wish I had the time to make homemade bread on a regular basis.
Perhaps that will be a new goal when the school year starts. It’s fun to experiment with different combinations of flours and add-ins. I’ve never owned a bread machine but I imagine that would make things pretty easy! If you have any favorite (yeast) bread recipes I’d love for you to share them!
A few iphone shots of the “during” process
1. Forming the dough ball after it came out of the food processor
2. After dough rises once, you will punch it down and form it into a rectangle
3. Roll up tightly
4. Place in prepared pan
5. Let rise again before baking
Oh and before I go I am excited to announce that I am a new ambassador for For Two Fitness, a great company that makes maternity workout clothes and prenatal activewear. My friend Madeline had on one of their shirts awhile ago and I couldn’t resist ordering one for this pregnancy. I’ve worn it a few times and am in love with the shirt. I went back to their site to shop and noticed that they were accepting applications for ambassadors. I am excited they accepted me and I look forward to working with a brand I love. You can check them out HERE.
More about For Two Fitness soon!
Enjoy the bread recipe! Let me know if you make it.