“Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one.” Nikolai Berdyaev
As far as I can remember this is probably the only time in my life when I don’t feel like eating! The 2nd week in a row. Good news is that I still feel like cooking, but the food simply doesn’t make it on the plate. The other day I even surprised my friend saying I didn’t feel like sushi. For those, who know me – this is unheard of!
Anyways, I rolled out of bed this morning and promised myself I would eat something. Especially since I baked a loaf of bread the night before and the apartment still smelled of the bread. Surprisingly enough even that didn’t tickle my nose. But I got it out of the fridge (yes, I do keep my bread in the fridge for it to stay soft and moist longer), inhaled the scent of it and couldn’t agree less with those who don’t eat the store bought bread anymore since it was born at their home.
Although a CD with 55 recipes came with the bread maker, I found one online that I absolutely love and would want to share with whoever might be reading this.
- 1 cup of warm water (~45 degrees – I use the hot tap water)
- 2 tablespoons of white sugar
- 1 tablespoon of dry yiest
- 1/4 cup of vegetable oil (I used sunflower)
- 3 cups of bread flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- A handful of sliced black olives
Although to some of my friends I did sound like a hero – for the fact that now I bake the bread myself – but to tell you honestly – with all those new inventions and gadgets, it couldn’t be any easier. Just a little inspiration and your personal twist to those recipes already out there in the cyber space – et voila!
The making of it is as simple as it sounds – add the water, sugar and yiest in the bread maker and let it rest for 15-20 minutes until dissolves. Then add the oil (I always pour a dash more that it indicates in the recipe), flour, salt and olives and choose the right program.
The bread is delicious! A few advices though – don’t choose the shorter cycle for making it (that’s the one I tried yesterday and it didn’t work as well as the longer one) and if your bedroom is not far from kitchen, needless to say if it is a studio apartment you live in – don’t start making the bread at midnight (might be obvious to everyone, yet it wasn’t to me last Monday).