Monday, October 17, 2011

Showing you just how easy bread is to make.

I think the title of this post pretty much sums it up: bread it easy to make. I've had this bread recipe for a little while and I've been making it every now and then. I wanted to post about it previously but I hadn't figured out how to add any value to it before I made it again today.

By taking photos along every step of the way, I hope to visually convince you that making bread can be extremely easy. I'm going to go as far as set a goal for this post as well: to inspire at least one person to make this bread! (So please let me know if you do end up making it.)

As for why I want to convince people to make bread, I have a few reasons.
First off, I believe that making food from scratch is something that everyone can come to enjoy and the more you do it, the more adventurous you'll want to be with your recipes and the more you'll like cooking.
Secondly, connecting with food can help us connect with the environment and learn more about food in general, how it's made, and what you're actually paying a company to do for you (for example, is it something you can do yourself and actually enjoy?).
Thirdly, making your own bread saves you the (mandatory) plastic bag that comes with it.
And finally, it's a fun and relaxing way of doing something handy, without too much time or effort.

Get your recipe from the 101cookbooks website and follow along.

Mix yeast and warm water, add some runny honey and let it sit until some bubbles form.

In the meantime, measure out your flour and oats.

Mix your dry and wet ingredients.

Place them in your pan and let rise.

About 10 minutes before your bread is done rising, preheat your oven.

And for the end result, you can bet it looks as good as it tastes.

Big thanks to Heidi Swanson for adapting and posting this recipe. Once again her website is: And clicking the link will take you straight to the recipe itself.


  1. It's pretty much similar with what I do so in that sense you can consider that I bake your bread :) A few more tips that I've learnt by doing, maybe you find some of them worth trying:
    - I use a mixture of different flours, but I put some wheat flour, it rises better. My proportions are 1/2 wheat flour and 1/2 other flours, but it's up to everyone how prefers.
    - I add few spoons of oil, I don't remember what was the use :) probably changing the consistency
    - I rise it twice: once, after mixing, before puting it in a pan for about half an hour. The second time, after puting it in the pan. It makes it very soft. In the oven, I start with low temperature, it also helps rising. When it looks as I want it to be, I give high temperature.

  2. I'll be sure to try those out next time, thank you :)

    About flours: I also use wheat, spelt and all-purpose but I should definitely try some new ones too. Any suggestions?

  3. I love ruisleipä (rye bread) but I have no clue how to bake it since it's not based on yeast... and I haven't been breave enough to try it. But some one does it, I would love to hear about it.

  4. I did a quick Google search but didn't come up with anything worthwhile. (Found a recipe that takes 12 hours for example.) I'll keep an eye out though and if hear of some good recipes, I'll post them!