Posts tagged ‘bread’

Bake your way to simpler times with Wild Yeast

Do you remember being a kid, running inside after a hard day at play, and being greeted by the comforting, delicious smell of freshly baked bread? My mom would let me stand over her bread machine and watch as the pasty dough transformed itself into a golden brown loaf, just begging to be covered in softened butter.

The Wild Yeast Blog recaptures all the culinary joy of those bygone days, with easy-to-follow instructions and mouthwatering pictures to guide your way. The author, Susan, began her love affair with bread after a short baking class in 2006. From there, she moved on to the San Francisco Baking Institute and then to developing her own very popular blog for others who love baking or simply love bread.

Susan shares links to the books she uses, recent items she has baked, all-time favorites, and links that offer help for those who may not be naturals in the kitchen.

If you still find yourself needing motivation to steer clear of store-bought bread, just remember that you’ll be in control of every ingredient that goes into it. Love garlic? Add a bunch! Hate raisins? Steer clear. Not a fan of chemical bleaching agents, the very same that make certain manufactured white breads so white? Keep them away from your homemade bread! Susan often recommends using organic flour. Whether you’re doing it for your health or the planet, buying organic sends a message to large agribusinesses that you care about the quality of the ingredients in your food.

Read more about some of our adventures baking bread. Have fun in the kitchen!

– GN

Summer Solstice

What better way to celebrate the summer solstice (June 21st) than by baking a loaf of bread in a solar oven?

A sun oven is actually quite simple – a box surrounded by mirrors to reflect the sun’s rays.  You can easily make your own one too.  The sun oven we have at the Green Ninja lab is quite nice – insulated with nice mirrors to reflect the sunlight into a black box.  Amazingly the temperature easily gets over 300F on a sunny day – no fossil fuels required!

I decided to bake a simple organic whole-wheat loaf with sunflower and pumpkin seeds. After the mixing and kneading stages, I let the bread rise in a warm spot outside. Around 11:30 am, the sun was getting high, and so the solar oven was moved toward the sun to begin preheating. Within 20 minutes, the temperature was around 320 degrees F. By this time too, the bread had doubled in size and was ready to be placed into the oven.

One hour later the bread had turned golden, and it was cooked.

And now for the fun part…the taste test. The bread had quite a soft crust, with a stretchy texture and a beautiful yeast aroma.

This bread was truly delicious! Perhaps I could taste the sun’s rays since this bread was baked without any external energy.  The next part was putting my favorite condiment  – peanut butter & jelly – on top!  Do you feel hungry?

So, how did you celebrate the summer solstice?

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