For some reason, many people are scared off from making bread, thinking it’s too complicated or difficult. In fact bread is one of the easiest things to make. And while it does require a few hours, most of that time is taken up by the rising process, allowing you go to about your business in between kneading, shaping, and baking.
My mom used to make what we called “Everything Bread”, because she just threw in whatever she happened to have in the house at the time. I did the same today, using whole wheat flour, corn flour, multi-grain flour, all purpose white flour, and rolled oats. Here’s the recipe:
4 cups of very warm but not hot water (you can also use potato water or whey if you want)
1 T. and 1 t. of salt
2 T. vegetable oil (I use sunflower oil)
1/4 cup sweetener (either honey or molasses – today I used molasses)
1 T. and 1 t. of instant yeast
Whatever flour you want to use – add gradually until you’ve added enough to make a ball that you can knead
Optional: nuts or seeds
Knead for several minutes until it’s elastic and smooth like a baby’s bum. Let rise for about an hour (or until it’s double in size).
Shape into loaves, buns, or whatever other shape you want, and let rise for another 1/2 hour or until double in size once again.
Bake at 375 degrees (about half an hour for buns and about an hour for loaves).