February 24, 2008

Nothing's Better than Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

So I got pretty ambitious (or at least by my standards) and decided to take a stab at making homemade whole wheat bread this past week. I almost started making it on Monday night at around 10 p.m., when luckily I realized that it is about a 7 hour process. Tuesday was bread making day!

I used the recipe from The Joy of Vegan Baking. My favorite part was definitely kneading the dough. I got to use the muscles I have built over the past few weeks from yoga :o)

One of the loaves turned out a little misshapen due to an impromptu visit to Market of Choice in a mad rush to buy another loaf pan. And the other loaf, which was actually perfectly shaped, turned out a little on the dry side. I think it was because I used my friend Lin's loaf pan that is ceramic. Needless to say, both loaves were super delicious, and even more so because they came from my own hard work! I enjoyed bread with Earth Balance, blueberry jam and with a hot bowl of Amy's No Chicken Noodle Soup.

On another note....Tilly's growing bigger everyday (very, very slowly, but surely!). The weather in Eugene last week was splendid. Flowers abloom. People abound. Tilly especially loves lavender.


Cakespy said...

You are all so adorable--you, your bread, your dog. Oh my goodness. I love that Amy's soup too! And you remarked on one of my favorite aspects of breadmaking--the physical labor. It feels so rewarding, doesn't it?

Jennifer said...

That bread looks really good for a first try! I too have been wanting to try my hand at bread making, but am intimidated by it!

A nice bowl of warm soup and freshly baked bread sound like the best cure for the winter blues!

You pup is too adorable, by the way!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

I agree with cakespy on all counts. :) And I absolutely LOVE making my own bread--even if it's not out of this world, it's fun to make & such a great feeling to know that I made it myself! I haven't tried that whole wheat bread yet, but I definitely suggest the Focaccia recipe from the same book--it is A-MAAAA-ZING! So delicious hot from the oven!

Jess - The Domestic Vegan said...

Oh, yes--P.S. Tilly is ADORABLE. Oh, my gosh. Wow.

Jenny said...

Tilly is super cute! And your bread looks yummy, too! What a great combo: homemade bread and warm soup.

ChocolateCoveredVegan said...

LOL use those yoga muscles, girl! Homemade bread is amazing—the taste, the smell, everything about it!
And Tilly is SO super-cute!

Anonymous said...

You have inspired me to make whole
wheat bread which I had been think-ing about doing for a long time.
I also like it with blueberry jam.

I enjoy reading your blogs. Great
job, Ali!

Alison Nicole said...

Thanks, Gramma! I love you!