Family Day is the newest stat holiday in BC so I did my usual routine and got out of the city. I headed up the Fraser Canyon to the cabin.
And as I usually do at the cabin, I got into experimenting in the kitchen. Seeing as I had one of my daughters with me and they are in a phase in which they love to use my iPhone as a video camera – we decided to make a video of me trying out a new bread recipe.
I do apologize in advance for the shaky video. As I said, the camera operator was my daughter.
The ingredients for my cabin bread:
- 4 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1 Teaspoon of yeast
- 1 Tablespoon of sugar
- 1 Teaspoon of salt
- 1 Teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 egg
- 1 Tablespoon of butter
- 1 3/4 Cups of water
I first mixed together the dry ingredients and then added the egg, beat that into the dry mix. I then cut the butter into the mixture before adding the water. I stirred it all together for a couple of minutes using a rubber spatula and then plopped the lump of dough into the already hot cast iron pan.
Into the oven for 35 minutes. Out of the oven onto the cooling rack to let it rest, and then sliced bread with butter.
That’s it. Try it.
I decided to give the homemade bread thing another go – this time in my city home.
And this time, I followed the recipe a little more closely. Well, I sort of followed the recipe more closely.
Like I did at the cabin, I again added beer to my bread dough. But instead of adding beer as an after-thought, I poured a half cup of beer into my measuring cup and topped it with water.
After about 6 hours of “working” the bread dough had a lovely head of bubbles growing on it. It was quite impressive.
I left the dough to work for nearly 24 hours while I slept and then spent the next day at work.
While prepping supper I poured the bread dough into a stainless steel frying pan and put it in the oven for 25 minutes at 425 degrees.
While it didn’t rise as much as I had hoped it would, the flavour and density of the homemade bread was wonderful!!
On my most recent trip to my cabin, on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far, I decided to bake bread.
I have been reading and learning about making bread and decided to put my learning into action – on the hottest day of the year.
The bread that I decided to make is an ultra-simple method with no need for kneading; you just mix the four ingredients in a large bowl and let the dough rest for 12 to 24 hours.
Here is a video of my bread making experience –
Admittedly, the video that I have attached here is not my best work. I had to do a lot of editing to get it as short as I did so a lot of footage ended up on the cutting room floor. Also, some of my transitions are not as smooth as I would like. However, I keep learning and, the bread was amazing!!