I’ve decided to do some bread ‘artistry’ to make give my peasant breads more personality. I’m not an artist by any means, but I can draw circles and lines and make some basic designs! Growing up in the 1960s meant I got a lot of practice making the ‘peace’ symbol…thought it’d be cool on this bread…had some Led Zepplin and Jimmy Hendrix music playing while I was making the bread, so the kitchen was rockin’!
Makes: One large peasant loaf
PreHeat oven to 375
What you need:
2 pkg yeast
½ cup water (110-120 degrees)
1 ½ cup plain yogurt (microwave 10”)
½ cup buttermilk
2 tbl oil (canola)
1 tbl chopped fresh mint
2 tbl Meyer lemon zest
2-3 tbl Meyer lemon juice
½ cup sugar
1 tsp sea salt
4 ½ cups white or wheat all-purpose flour (divided—2cups for kneading)
1 cup milled flax
What you do:
In a large mixing bowl, put yeast. Add warm water and whisk until well blended. Let stand for about 5 minutes. Add yogurt, buttermilk, oil, mint, lemon zest and juice. Set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl, combine sugar, baking soda, salt, flour, and flax. Whisk together well all ingredients. Add half of the dry ingredients to the wet mixing thoroughly with a whisk and/or spatula. Add remaining dry ingredients. Batter will be a very thick gooey consistency.
Sprinkle about ½ cup flour on kneading surface. Dump dough on to this surface. Sprinkle another about ½ cup of flour on top of the dough. Knead about 5 minutes adding more flour as needed as dough thickens and becomes a more ‘play dough’ like consistency. Shape into a ball. Place in a clean mixing bowl that has been coated with cooking spray. Allow to rise about 2 hours or until about double in size.
Add more flour to surface. Dump raised dough onto surface and knead another 3-5 minutes adding flour as needed. Form into desired loaf shape, but keep it ‘organic’ and rustic looking.
Make slits or design on top cutting with a sharp knife just slightly into dough. Bake 55-65 minutes in preheated 375 oven. If top starts getting too brown, place a loose foil tent over it. When done, remove and allow to rest at least 15 minutes before cutting. Well, if you can wait that long!
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