One of my favorite Christmas gifts from my mom & dad in 2010 was Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day. Over Christmas, my mom and I baked the Quinoa Bread recipe from it, and I absolutely loved the bread. So, I decided to make it again, for sandwiches this week! I decided I missed sandwiches, but that I wanted to make them with my own bread after reading all the bread making adventures of Kath and their GH bakery.
So, bake bread is what I did on Sunday (in addition to studying).
This quinoa bread involves white flour, whole wheat flour and a cup of WHOLE quinoa. So you get little quinoa grain chunks throughout. I love the crunchy bits in every bite
After mixing the dough (flours, quinoa, yeast, salt and water), I let it sit on the counter for two hours in a non-sealed, but covered container. Then I dusted the top of the dough with flour, and cut out about a 1/4 of the dough, and with a little dusting of flour, folded it under into a nice oval shape, and let it sit on parchment paper for about 45 minutes to rise. Then, 30 minutes before baking, I turn the oven on (with my bread stone & tray underneath it).
Right before baking, I lightly brush the dough with water and slice the top.
Then I poured a cup of water into the tray, and slid the dough (with the parchment paper) onto the bread stone, and baked for 30 minutes.
About 20 minutes in, I took the parchment paper out from underneath the dough, to help the bottom finish baking. And then I removed it, and voila. Fresh quinoa bread:
Nom. Can’t wait for lunches this week
Have you made your own bread? Would you if it were super simple? I never thought I would, but I’ve found a series of recipes (from Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day, which I am telling you about because of my love for it – not by request of authors/another program — and other sources, such as Mark Bittman’s column in the NY Times) that have made it super easy and fun.
I have hopes of trying my own recipe of rosemary olive bread in the future, using the base bread recipe provided in the book – or perhaps this quinoa bread recipe. And, honestly, there is nothing quite like the smell of fresh bread baking. Mmm. Mmm. Good.