What else do you do on a rainy day?
I mean on a seriously rainy day.
The fifth gray, dreary one in a row.
You stay home and bake. You fill your house with the warm yeasty curls of aroma that make everyone who enters head straight for the kitchen with their nose twitching.
But you don’t spend hours kneading and pounding and waiting, then kneading and pounding and waiting some more.
You bake this quick, yeasty, yay!-fresh-bread! loaf, and you make yourself a cup of mint tea with honey and curl up in your big red leather chair with your favourite book and escape to sunny climes while the oven and the yeast do their secret work and the rain runs in cozy rivulets down the windowpane.
But don’t tell anyone else the secret.
(And don’t forget the obligatory smear of flour on your cheek.)
Maybe it’ll rain again tomorrow.
Quick Yeast Bread
3 cups wholewheat or spelt flour
3/4 cup mixed grains or a mixed 7-grain breakfast cereal – the kind you have to cook (I use 1/4 cup cracked wheat + 1/4 cup coarse cornmeal + 1/4 cup wheat germ)
1 Tbsp instant yeast
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 + 3/4 cups hot tap water
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Bake for 40 minutes.
Let cool in pan for a few minutes, then turn out on to rack to cool.
Makes 1 large loaf.