I’m sure all parents know that children these days have awesome power. They know how to woo themselves into their moms’ and dads’ hearts while other times twist their arms. When it comes to food, especially healthy food, my children know they will always win. In order to earn other favours from me, they are always very smart to ask for healthy food prior to that….instant win….how smart! But of course I apply my dagger-like stare when it’s unreasonable favour. Even the cats will pretend to go to sleep…haha.
It has come to a point where I need a pair of ear plugs. My girls have been pestering me endlessly to make own bread…..white loaf. Yes, white bread loaf and not others. They still remember the bread that I made for them when they were young. They said that was the best bread that they had ever eaten. Yes, BEST! But that was about 10 years ago!! I don’t even remember what recipe I used. Headache…headache….*sigh*.
Recently I was out and decided to have something in a cafe. I only want something light so I ordered soup and a bread roll. My gosh…the bread roll was so hard. I had to apply much strength to break off a piece! I could have thrown it against the wall and it would have flown back immediately and knock me off the chair! Unbelievable. I think with a sling, I can kill Goliath with it! Well, I know, I need to work out my biceps first and train for accuracy, too. Otherwise I will kill the wrong guy…haha
Well, I went home, frustrated and determined to get out my stuff to make my own bread, at last. For one thing I know I will make my girls very happy. I looked through a few bread recipes and thought I would make wholemeal buns. I know it’s not what they want but I thought it’s healthier. I’m prepared to be screamed at. I took a recipe and adjusted the flour used. The bread buns came out well but now I can’t find my copied recipe….arrrrggghhh!!! How careless! Where have I kept it? I must have accidentally thrown it into the bin while cleaning up. Why didn’t I copy it into my recipe notebook? So sorry that I can’t share with you the recipe. Worse, I can’t even make them again. I don’t even know which recipe I used. Blame it on my age…..haha.
The wholemeal bread buns came out soft and delicious but the aroma, texture and taste are still not there yet. But it’s a thousand times better than the one at the cafe! My girls were very excited when they heard finally I was making bread but when they saw it was not what they expected, there’s a look of disappointment that caused my heart to sink. Realising it, they hugged me and said, “Mom, we still like it very much. Only that the white loaf you made before was just the best ever.” I fully understand what they meant. The taste, aroma and texture of that white bread loaf is unforgettable. I remember a friend of mine dropped by that day and she ate half a loaf in one sitting!!! That speaks louder than words.
Well, my bread making didn’t end there. I proceeded to make a white bread loaf using spelt flour for a healthier version. It’s my first time using spelt flour. I got the recipe from Kenwood. I made a very slight adjustment to it. Many people who can’t tolerate the normal wheat flour are able to take spelt flour. Spelt flour are higher in nutrients. I always buy the spelt flour and the wholemeal spelt flour from Sainsbury.
Here is my Healthy Spelt Flour Bread Loaf recipe:
1 packet instant yeast
200g warm water
Mix the honey and water in a bowl. Add the yeast and leave it to froth for a few minutes. I know you can just add the yeast straight to the flour but I love to see the yeast grow. It also gives me the feeling that the dough will rise faster though I am not sure whether this is true. Maybe those who make bread often are able to enlighten me on this.
450g white spelt flour
1 & 1/2t salt
200g warm water
Put all Ingredients B into a mixing bowl and add the frothed yeast mixture. Mix well. I used a cake mixer. Spelt flour doesn’t need a lot of kneading. The dough looks rather liquid. I actually wondered whether it will turn out. I decided to leave it aside to rise.
It did rise to double after a couple of hours. But it doesn’t look like bread dough as you can see.
Well, I just had to put to bake…..my heart thumping hard. Keeping my fingers crossed. It took about 40 minutes to bake at 200 degrees Celsius. Wow…..it turned out nice and well…..happy me!
Only that it was more dense……more country like bread. It’s very filling though. My girls liked it. We had it with carrot and leeks soup. But of course you know what they said, “The white loaf you made last time is still the best ever!!”…..hmmmmm. Now, hope that recipe will come out in my dream, or maybe in your dream….*wink*. By the way, this loaf is also very delicious spread with butter and jam, especially when it is fresh and hot from the oven.
Now for those who are not into blogging yet or are still considering, my advice is not to think further. Just start! I never regret that I started blogging. I only regret that I didn’t start earlier. How happy each time to see my recipes all very organised in one place for me to refer and also for my girls. It also brings much joy to hear from readers who tried my recipes and liked them. It also gives me lots of incentives to try new recipes. Hope you have as much fun cooking, baking and eating like me. Do join in the fun of blogging if you have not.
My girls didn’t get to eat these because I made them when I was away. But I know, and you know by now, what they would say, “The white loaf you made last time is still the best ever!!” Gosh, these words are going to stay long in my mind after repeating it a few times. Maybe I should turn that into a poem or a song…haha
Quote of the day…..
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- Oscar Wilde
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