I love really rough, dark, whole grain bread oozing seeds and nuts but nowadays either because of age or IBS, or probably both, my system does NOT like it and objects strongly.
Unfortunately, most of the foods IT likes, I do NOT!
So, I’ve come up with a white Loaf which both of us can enjoy. ( family and friends with ‘normal uncomplaining guts’ like it as well! )
It’s light, moist, tasty and keeps really well. It actually brings to mind the bread Heidi used to take to her Granma who found the rough brown bread difficult to chew! But, if you haven’t read HEIDI then you won’t know what I’m talking about! If you have, then you are probably as old as me!
I use strong white flour and I like to crumble a Vitamin C (ascorbico acid) tablet into the flour as it speeds up the process but not absolutely necessary. I also always use fresh yeast. I just love to watch it frothing and the smell is divine.
The olive oil should be Extra Virgin and allow three nice big tablespoons.
The grated carrot seems odd I know but it adds moisture and colour and taste (but it definitely does NOT taste of carrot. Trust me! )
We don’t have an oven at Jumble House so I do have to bake the bread in the Breadmaker but that’s all I use it for as I like to knead the dough myself. If I had an oven I would definitely use that to bake the bread because the crust is infinitely better plus you can make interestingly shaped loaves and cobs and bread rolls.
Anything else ….. only to say that kids love bread making and it is so good for their coordination and strengthens those little hand muscles in preparation for years of writing! Real dough is better than playdough cause you can eat the results! White dough is also easier to manipulate than brown. Get them making little plaited rolls and cobs and all kinds of animal shapes.
Since I buy fresh yeast in twin packs I sometimes use the second cube mixed with sugar and warm water to blow up a balloon! (The mixture poured into a plastic water bottle with the balloon over the neck). It’s a good way of demonstrating just how and why the bread is rising and what makes those little air pockets. There’s a fun video for kids on my channel showing this. Just click on the link below: