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Adventures in Bread-Making + Sprouted Bread Giveaway!

Posted Jun 21 2010 11:16pm

Hi everyone,

Thank you tremendously for your sincere comments to my last post.  It’s not always an easy thing to share your faith with other people, but I’m very blessed to have a wonderful and insightful group of readers who will encourage me no matter what.  Your words have meant so much to me, guys. Really and truly. :-)

Sometime during my first year of University, fresh off my high of living away from home for the first time in my life, I decided I was mature enough to gain some important life experiences.  One of these life experiences involved baking bread.

Soon after this decision, I began my research.  I researched the process for over two weeks.  I read almost half the recipes on bread on allrecipes.com , tried to learn all about the art and science behind bread-baking, talked to people who I knew made bread… But no matter how simple other people kept describing the whole process to be, I was still confused.  Eventually, I ended up buying this:

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A.K.A. the cheater’s bread-making kit.  Still, determined not to be robbed of this important life experience, I persevered with it.  And it failed.  It failed terribly. Kind of this like…

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Only 19 times worse.

Needless to say, I never tried working with yeast again.

…Until two weeks ago.  I don’t know what came over me, but after looking at these pictures , and after judging the blog writer’s husband’s bread-competency against my own, I just knew I had to give yeast another try.  Just one (more) time .

Following the famous no-knead recipe by Jim Lahey (Sullivan Street Bakery in New York) and popularized by Mark Bittman of the New York Times , almost to a TEE, I came out with this:

Now, I know that’s not as drool-worthy when you compare it to other experienced bread-makers out there, but if you only knew how many mistakes were made during this process…

  • Wrong yeast.
  • Expired yeast.
  • Too much yeast.
  • Too little water.
  • I realized that the second rise would be over while I was at work and I wouldn’t have time to bake it right away so I put the whole mess in the fridge.
  • Lack of proper cover for bread-baking.
  • Accidentally left in oven 30 minutes longer than was necessary.

I can’t remember exactly, but I’m pretty sure there were a couple of other things.  As you can see, it was a very forgiving process to go from this:

To this:

Mandatory Life Experience #5714? Check.

And of course, such experiences often leave one so enthralled that he/she feels compelled to share with others.

I highly recommend the no-knead bread. It’s almost fool-proof (pun intended! Get it ? Get it? ‘Cause you normally have to “proof” the yeast! Get it?!?)  If, however, you still suffer from the same bread-making phobia that plagued me for the past 3 years, fear not–there are other alternatives.  Well, principally one other alternative: buying it.

Wait, I lied. There’s another alternative: getting bread for FREE.

I purchased acquired this loaf from Healthy Foods and More by Bridgeport, courtesy of Silver Hills Bakery , after winning Valerie’ s bread contest a few weeks ago.

This Wheat Free Chia Bread picture above is the only bread Silver Hills makes that is gluten-free–the others are flourless, whole grain, and sprouted, but with added gluten.  (To read more about why their sprouted breads are so special, and other stuff, check out their “Helpful Answers” page.)

Admittedly, it wasn’t love at first bite.  It was love at third bite.

At first, the crumbly, dry texture of the “bread” threw me off, but not long after, the taste began to grow on me and I soon found myself wolfing down the whole slice.  Despite a crumby start (ha! pun intended! again! I win!) I now think this bread is absolutely delightful! It really tastes like a buckwheat crepe but in bread form–YUM!

And as with my no-knead bread success, this sprouted-bread experience is also meant for sharing.  Yes, the wonderful Wendy from Silver Hills is offering a free delicious sprouted grain loaf to anyone and everyone! Free bread for all! All you have to do is answer some questions about your current bread-eating habits. I’ve taken it before, and it takes almost no time at all.  Definitely worth it for “buckwheat bread-crepes”. :-D

In addition to the short survey, now you can comment for your chance to win $25 in coupons for Silver Hills Bread + a cute blue T-shirt! As usual, share with others on your blog or on twitter ( @fillenaturelle ) for an additional entry.  For the additional entry option, come back here and leave a comment to let me know that you did it.

(NOTE: This contest is only for Canadian residents–sorry American-o’s! Silver Hills has yet to invade your country!)

I’m making up for it though by sharing another important Life Experience with you:

Do you see the resemblance?

As you can see, I’ve come a long way from my first year of University.  I’m older now, I’ve baked bread successfully, and I’m clearly more mature.  Childish Superhero outfit complete with security blanket cape.

xo Aletheia


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