I have been missing a cathartic activity while the football is in recess. I am also looking to tighten the food budget just a fraction, without food compromise. In my wanderings down the supermarket aisle, wondering how I could do the latter, I came across the bread flour.
Now, although bread is considered a staple, we don’t really eat a LOT of bread, unless we are on a constant diet of sandwiches, which I try to avoid. And if you run out, according to Erma Bombeck (an astute US newspaper columnist), this happens:
“The odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with only a loaf of bread are three billion to one.”
I know you’re nodding your head in agreement, just as I did. So, to avoid the shopping trolley explosion, I decided to try my hand out at making it instead. And then a thought crossed my mind. What am I? Some sort of reverse Marie Antoinette? Let them eat bread, rather than cake? Good old Erma has something to say about that too:
“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart.” (Note to self – find some more of this woman’s writings – she’s great!)
However, in a small consideration of our waistlines, bread it will be. I am liking the advantages of making bread at home, of which there are a few.
– Cathartic-ness!! I know that’s not really a word, but it suits me fine right now. Knead? Yes sir, I will bash this poor innocent flour ball to get rid of some frustration. What? Only ten minutes? Looks like I’ll have to make another loaf …
– I can make a half loaf (250g) for just over a dollar, with only ½ hour cooking time, and as a bonus, good old yeast does most of the work for me.
– I am supporting a local business.
– I can make it when we need it (pretty much …)
– I know exactly what is going into my loaf of bread, which is not choc-a-bloc with preservatives.
– Hey, eating fresh bread, straight out of the oven. All that rubbish about giving you indigestion? Not this little creature with her cast-iron tummy!
– I don’t need a lot of equipment, and so there’s not a lot of washing up.
Have I convinced you yet?
So, the flour of choice is from Laucke – a crusty white loaf, which comes in all recycled and recyclable packing.
1. All I need is to weigh out half the flour, add my (supplied) yeast and 145ml of water at a yeast-friendly temperature. Mix it up
2. Knead it for 10 minutes and leave to sit to contemplate life for a while
3. Re-knead (treading gently this time – after all, it’s feeling very sensitive after all that contemplation)
4. Leave to again consider life
6. And EAT!!
I’m happy with that 🙂