We’re finally getting a glimpse of the winter I’ve been dreaming of for months and months.Up until now, it’s been warm and sunny outside, making my summer farming plans started seeming more and more farfetched. Now that we’ve had a bunch of rain and snow, though, I’m starting to relax a little bit. I’m so happy to have a proper winter Saturday, indoors with a fire going in the woodstove and a loaf of bread in the oven. I’ve been working to get better at baking, and I think this recipe is starting to get pretty good. I like a loaf of bread with lots of seeds and good things in it. I want it to taste savory, without a bunch of sugar or honey in it. Something that I can toast and spread with butter and maybe avocado. I still have a huge amount of learning to do about baking, so if someone with more experience than me happens to be reading this and has any suggestions for improving it, please feel free to chime in.
FRENCH BREAD WITH QUINOA, SEEDS AND ROSEMARY
Makes: 2 baguettes or 1 larger loaf
- 1 1/2 c. lukewarm water
- 1 packet of yeast (2 1/2 tsp.)
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 3 c. bread flour*
- 2 tbs. flax seeds
- 1 tbs. chia seeds
- 1 tbs. poppy seeds
- 2 tbs. pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 c. cooked quinoa, cooled
- 2 tbs. fresh rosemary
- 1 tsp. sea salt
Put the water in a small bowl and sprinkle it with the yeast and the sugar. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, until small bubbles start forming on the surface. Put the mixture into a bigger mixing bowl with 1 c. of flour and mix together thoroughly. Add the flax seeds, chia seeds, poppy seeds, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, rosemary and salt, along with 2 more cups of flour. Using a wooden spoon, stir all the ingredients together as much as you can, then turn it out onto a floured surface and knead all the ingredients together. Knead for 8-10 minutes to make a smooth, elastic dough. If it’s too wet and sticky, add a little bit of flour. If it’s too dry, add a little bit of water. Shape the dough into a ball and place in a greased mixing bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in size.
Once the dough has risen, punch it down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll it out into a rectangle. Starting with the long side of the rectangle, roll it up into a loaf shape. Transfer to a cookie sheet and let it rise again for 30-40 minutes, covered with a kitchen towel, until it doubles in size.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Slash the top of the loaf with a very sharp knife and then put it in the oven to bake for 25 minutes until it’s nicely golden brown.
*I was out of whole wheat flour when I made this, so I didn’t bother using it, but a mixture of white and whole wheat flour would be great if you feel like doing it.