I love the smell of fresh homemade bread baking in the oven. Nothing quite compares. My mom would make a loaf on Sundays for my siblings and I to devour- and devour we did! It takes about a day to rise but it is well worth it. This recipe makes one loaf. It’s great for sandwiches and lasts our family of four an entire week.
1/4 c bulgur
1/3 c boiling water
2 tbsp flaxseed meal
2 1/2 c whole-wheat flour
1 3/4 c unbleached bread flour
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp quick-rising yeast
1 3/4 c cold water
1/4 c honey
3 tsp extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
Combine bulgur and boiling water in a medium bowl to cook your bulgur. Once bulgur is cooked, add the rest of the wet ingredients: cold water to stop the cooking, honey, and oil. In a separate large bowl, the rest of your dry ingredients: flaxseed, whole wheat flour, bread flour, salt and yeast. Now combine all ingredients into the large bowl, stirring vigorously. Add about a teaspoon of water if the dough seems too dry. When your dough is thoroughly blended (sticky and not dry or too stiff), coat with oil and place plastic wrap over the top of the bowl. Place dough in fridge for 3-14 hours. Next place dough on counter to begin first rising for 12-18 hours. Now, preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Stir your dough vigorously and place in an oil coated loaf pan. Dust your loaf with a little bit of whole grain flour, then taking a sharp serrated knife and cutting down the middle 1/2 inch. Then cover with plastic wrap. Place a cup of water in the microwave and boil. After water is boiling, move it to the side of the microwave and place your dough inside the microwave for 45 minutes possibly longer. Once dough has risen, place in oven and bake for 40-55 minutes. The last 5 minutes, cover with foil. You know your bread is done when you can place a skewer through it and it comes out clean with minimal bread crumbs.
A few things that I want to never forget about yesterday:
1. Grocery shopping with Arielle and having 6 different people come up and comment on how cute my little sweetheart is- totally makes a momma feel good. I need to remember to compliment people more when I’m out too. A smile or a compliment to a stranger can make their day and it doesn’t hurt a thing!
2. Watching Logan run around with his friends at the park. He was quite the womanizer.
3. Arielle taking off at the park. It’s the first time it has happened and it won’t be the last! Her little waddle is beyond adorable.
Recipe adapted from Eating Well.