Bit of an Absence – now Bread

It’s a long time since I posted mainly due to me not having been well.  I developed an auto immune disease and couldn’t walk or eat much for a number of weeks.  However, that is mostly behind me now and I am eating again and trying to put on the weight I lost but not very successfully.  So I don’t worry about it, but just continue to eat.

 In the meantime I now can make bread again and since I was told not to eat bread for a while, as part of a diet change my physician put me on, I reduced the wholewheat flour in my usual recipe and make bread with a lot less and I must say it turns out very good.  A little on the crumbly side, but we don’t mind that, and it is just great toasted.  So I have been eating some bread and have not found it makes any difference to my health.

 I now use 3 cups of unbleached flour and about half a cup of wholewheat.  1 tspn of salt.  I use 1 1/2 cups of warm water, 1 tbspn of honey and 2 1/2 tspns of yeast.  When it has bubbled up I add to the flour and knead until it is smooth and then let rise 45 mins in a greased bowl.  Then I knead a few times again and put in a greased loaf pan and let rise again 45 mins.  Then into the oven at 400F for 37 minutes.     It always turns out good and as said above, great when toasted.  Store bought bread is only bought in an emergency – I object to the price these days.   I will sometimes buy a French baguette when I find a decent one which isn’t oftn. Guess I’ll have to learn how to make that myself.


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