I made my own bread! Ta dah! I have been working with my physio and a personal trainer to improve muscle strength and stability to help me recover from my injuries. We all know how unstable I am. I’ve been pretty impressed with my progress so far but I have to say that I am struggling with the after affects of the work out. Aches and pains everywhere. I’m also ravenous too. I’ve been advised to get a good protein hit post workout to help with muscle repair, but all I want to eat is bread! Therefore I took action and made myself some protein bread.
If only I had a breadmaker
Now, as we know, I am a time pressed, working mother of three monkeys, with a number of mental health problems. Finding the time to make my own bread was always going to be a stretch. Although it was enjoyable, I had to sacrifice other jobs to make time to do it. I have been reliably informed however, that a bread maker is the way forward. After the initial outlay, it is cheaper to make your daily bread. It can be set away over night for fresh bread every morning and I am assured that, even for a technophobe like me, they are so easy to use. I mean have a look at these Breadmakers by Panasonic.
I love your bread mummy!
Although I do say so myself, my bread was really good for a first attempt. The recipe was from Jane Clarke “Yummy!” The recipes are healthy and balanced for families, so it was sympathetic to my own Fussy Eater. He even shouted “Mummy I love your bread!” After he was given a slice with butter and honey for supper. (Recipe at the bottom).
I was unable to get ground seeds for the recipe so I replaced it with 4 table spoons of Pulsin Soya Protein Powder. This gave my bread a big protein hit at the same time as meeting my post workout bread cravings. I even sent Mr LMR out on a real butter and jam mission. Not sure home baked bread is going to be good for my waistline!
Dear Santa send me a breadmaker
Am I going to home bake my own bread again? Yes I would love to but in reality I probably don’t have the time. Unless of course Santa is good to me and brings me my very own bread maker. Mr LMR take note.
If you want to make your own All in one Protein Bread. Here’s how I made it;
Oil for greasing the loaf tin
300ml lukewarm water (you may not need it all)
1 x 7g packet dried yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
500g wholemeal bread flour
Generous pinch of salt
4 tablespoon of ground seeds (or protein powder if making my version)
1 tablespoon of poppy seeds
2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon of porridge oats
Grease a 25 x 10 cm loaf tin and sprinkle lightly with flour. Preheat the oven to 160C.
In a small bowl mix 50ml of the water with the yeast and sugar. Sit the bowl somewhere warm until the contents starts to foam.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt and seeds. Make a well in the middle and add the yeast mix, honey and a generous splash of water. Start to mix with a firm hand adding more water every so often. Keep mixing until you have a dough with minimal lumps.
Tip on to a floured surface and put all your effort into kneading for 5 minutes until the dough is soft and springy. Sprinkle a large clean bowl with flour and sit the dough inside. Cover with cling film and leave somewhere warm until it has doubled in size (approx. 20-30 minutes).
At this point punch the dough to knock out all the air (very satisfying!) Then tip it out on to the floured surface and knead for 3-4 minutes. When it is smooth and springy, put it in the loaf tin and sprinkle with the porridge oats.Leave it in a warm place to fill with air again.
When the dough has doubled in size, poke it gently with your finger. If it bounces back just slightly it’s ready to go into the oven for 30-35 minutes. The loaf is done when the top is golden and it sounds hollow if you tap it. Allow the loaf to cool in the tin before turning out.
In total, it took me approximately 2 hours to make this recipe. This includes proving and baking time. In reality it gave me time to multi task preparing dinner and tidy the kitchen so still achievable to the time pressed mother with a bit of planning and determination.