Freshly baked bread is seriously one of the best smells in the entire world. Starting your day with a slice of warm, freshly baked bread with a little bit of melted butter and honey is how I would LOVE to start every day.
Lately I’ve been waking up at the ass crack of dawn (sometimes as early at 2am) and unable to fall back asleep. I’ve always had issues sleeping through the whole night, often waking up a few times and then falling back asleep, but the last couple of weeks I’ve been experiencing a lot of nightmares and waking up with my heart pounding and intense anxiety.. making it impossible to fall back asleep.
So last week this happened to me and I decided I was going to start my day before the sun. I hadn’t made bread in years so I felt this was a good opportunity to do so. Baking and cooking (more specifically just working with ingredients) is an active form of mediation for me and I always find it very soothing to the soul. Covid-19 has basically shut the entire world down and my boyfriend and I have been in isolation for 3 weeks now. We love spending time together, but alone time in the kitchen is my favourite because I feel like I am fully present and in a meditative head space. Surprisingly, the morning I was woken up in a state of anxiety from a bad dream and I decided to make bread instead of laying in my bed, ended up being one of the best days I’ve had a while! While the bread was rising, I occupied myself by practicing yin, sipping green tea and listening to a playlist. I dedicated the entire morning to self care and despite only have a few hours of sleep, my mind was full of clarity. I was actually grateful for waking up so early and spending my time the way that I did. By the time the sun had risen, my bread was just coming out of the oven and my entire apartment smelled amazing.
So here’s the moral of the story:
- Bake bread
- Listen to music
- Do yoga
Happy baking, friends!
- This recipe does not require a standup mixer, however this is my preferred method. If you don’t have a mixer, no problem! Transfer the bloomed yeast to a large mixing bowl and create your dough by stirring in flour and other ingredients using a wooden spoon, then knead the dough with your hands on a clean and gently floured surface.
- There are many variables that may cause you to use a little more flour, such as humidity in the air. If the bread is too sticky (it should only have a mild stickiness), sprinkle in a little bit of flour at a time until it is only has a mild stickiness to it)
- If you wish to keep this recipe egg free, skip the garnishing step.
Whole Wheat Oat & Honey Bread
- April 7, 2020
- 1 loaf
- 3 hr
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- 1 ¼ C cashew milk
- 2 ½ tsp instant yeast
- 1/4 C honey
- 3/4 C rolled oats
- 3 tbsp melted butter, slightly cooled
- 2 ¾ C whole wheat flour
- 1/4 C sunflower seeds
- 1/2 tsp salt
- egg wash (1 egg, whisked)
- sunflower seeds
- Step 1
- In a small sauce pan, heat milk on low heat until warm (make sure it is not HOT. It should be the temperature of a luke warm bath). Stir in honey and let dissolve, then add oats and yeast. Let mixture sit for 10 minutes until the yeast has bloomed (when it begins to foam).
- Step 2
- Transfer the bloomed yeast to the bowl of your standup mixture such and attach the mixing paddle.
- Step 3
- Next, stir in the melted butter. Add the flour and salt and mix until a dough forms. Add in the sunflower seeds. When the ingredients are combined, switch from using the paddle attachment to the bread hook attachment and knead for 8-10 minutes.
- Step 4
- Once the dough is kneaded, form into a ball and place in a large bowl that is well oiled (I used olive oil). Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow dough to rise for an hour (or until doubled in size). If you have an oven with a proof setting, this works best. Otherwise, turn the oven light on and let the dough rise in there, or a warm spot in your home.
- Step 5
- Once the dough has risen, knead it a about 10 times, then shape it into a loaf and place it in a bread dish greased with butter. Cover the dough with the same towel and let rise for another hour.
- Step 6
- Once the dough has risen, brush the egg wash over top of the dough, and sprinkle oats and sunflower seeds on top. note: you will not need to use all of the egg wash.
- Step 7
- Preheat oven to 375° and bake for 30 minutes (or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the top). Remove bread from oven and let cool for 10 minutes, before removing it from the baking dish and let cool on a wire rack for 2 hours.
- Step 8
- Store bread at room temperature in a bread container or a plastic bag for 3-4 days.