Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Warm Walnut Bread!

Another brisk evening. Not quite cold enough to fire up the wood stove, but enough so to warrant slippers. I decided to crank up the oven to take off the chill. Turned out to be delicious idea!

Warm Walnut Bread:
*4 cups organic all purpose flour
*3 cups organic whole wheat flour
*1 cup walnuts, chopped
*1 pkg active yeast
*2 cups lukewarm water
*1 Tbsp honey or molasses
*1 Tbsp sea salt

Mix water, yeast and honey in a large mixing bowl. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Begin mixing in the flour one cup at a time. Add salt and walnuts at 3 cups. Add remaining flour. Turn dough out onto a floured work surface. Allow to rest for 5 minutes. Begin kneading dough adding four as you go until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes. Form into a ball.
Coat a large bowl with olive oil. Turn dough around in bowl to coat the surface. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm, draft free place until about doubled in bulk (aprox 1-1/2 hours).

Punch down dough. Return to work surface. Divide in half with a sharp knife. Form into two "logs" and place in 2 greased loaf pans. Sprinkle with flour and slash surface with a sharp knife.
Cover again and allow to rise until doubled (45 min or so).
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425. Bake for 15 minutes on middle rack, then reduce heat to 375.
Bake until golden and hollow sounding when tapped.
Allow to cool on a wire rack before slicing and serving warm with good organic butter!

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