Returning to Our Roots // Baking Bread

Happy Monday! We have been so busy lately. Our very first collection for spring/summer 2016 is underway, and we just finalized all of the details this past week. We are shooting for a release date sometime in late March. We cannot wait to share them with you (: Making a collection is hard work!!

On a different note, now that we live in a very rural area, we have been inspired by the lifestyle that comes along with it. While perusing online several months ago, I came across an article that advertised, "Old Fashioned Ways to Save Money That Your Grandparents Used." That sounded interesting to me, so I clicked on it. There were lots of great ideas! One of them was to bake your own bread. That was something that my family had attempted a few times for fun, but had tried + died. Bread just seemed to difficult to make! Jill did a little research, and after figuring out the costs, it is much cheaper to bake your own bread! 

Then, we learned that our friend, Renea, makes her own bread once every week! We met with her a couple of months ago to learn the ins + outs. It turned out to be simple! We have been baking our own bread now for several months, and I don't think we will ever return to store bought bread. Perhaps only if we were in a pinch! Who doesn't love a recipe that is simple to work with, saves you money, and also keeps your body away from chemicals used to make store-bought loaves? Here's how to make easy, honey whole wheat sandwich bread:

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 - 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2.5 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 tsps OR 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, yeast, and salt. Mix well. In a saucepan, heat milk, water, honey, and oil until warm. Add milk mixture to flour mixture. Add egg. Blend at low speed until moistened, about 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, gradually stir in remaining all-purpose flour to make dough firm. Knead on a floured surface until smooth + elastic, about 5 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease all sides. Cover with a dish towel and let rise in a warm place until light and doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Punch down dough. Divide into 2 parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll or pat each half into a 14x17 in rectangle. Starting with the shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll with each turn. Pinch edges and ends to seal. Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover with dish towel and let rise, again, in a warm place until light and doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from sheet to cool. Eat!

And that's all there is to it! We hope you enjoy baking bread as much as we do. More tips on how to save money the old-fashioned way will be coming soon to the blog! It's been fun to turn these practices into part of our lifestyle. 

The dish towel pictured above is part of our SS16 collection, and features our honey whole wheat bread recipe! How fun is that? Hope you all have a wonderful week.

xoxo Kayla + Jill