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Do you like homemade bread like I do? I think there is nothing better than freshly baked bread, and I can eat it just like that! My husband knows this weakness of mine and he makes the best bread ever! I love coming back home and find the whole house smell like an Italian bakery. Have I mentioned I also like anything Italian? 🙂
I look pretty tired on the pictures here, and I really was. It was a business trip to Rome and Florence, and I did not know yet that I was already pregnant with Alan. But I guess my body was already sending some signals to me “go home and have a rest” 🙂 Nevertheless, I loved the country, and was so happy to meet with a friend from my home country who lived there. She and her Italian husband own a restaurant in a smaller city not far from Florence, and their food is amazing! I am such a pasta/bread/dough person, so Italy has so much to offer for me 🙂
Anyway, many of our friends have asked us to share our bread recipe and here we are. This bread is so easy to make if you have a rye flour sourdough starter and a simple bread machine. You can make the sourdough starter yourself, and we had, a long time ago. But we had moved so many places since then, so we did not keep it. Last summer, our friends shared theirs with us, and we haven’t used yeast in baking since then. It is our opinion that the sourdough starter is healthier than yeast, and we also like the taste of the sourdough bread made with the starter better. That might be just our subjective taste 🙂
I don’t think I have mentioned on the blog that I have been vegan for more than two years now. I will write more about it one day. Now, it is time for the recipe 🙂 (*indicates affiliate links. Please see my disclosure here).
Vegan Sourdough Bread
1.5 cup water
1 cup of sourdough bread starter
2 tbl spoons of organic sugar* (or any sugar you use)
0.5 tea-spoon of coarse salt or to taste
1.5 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup of organic unbleached flour*
0.5 cup of rye/spelt/or corn flour1
2 tbl spoons of vegetable oil (we use sunflower oil)
2 tbl spoons of sunflower seeds (optional)
1You can use any flour you like or just add another 0.5 cup of whole wheat flour. Please note that flour may differ from brand to brand, so you may need to adjust the recipe quantities to get the perfect result.
Add all ingredients in the list above, except for the sunflower seeds, into the bread pan. Instead of sunflower seeds you can use dried fruit to make the bread sweeter, nuts, oat flakes, etc.
Select the program on your bread machine, press Start. Add the sunflower seeds to the mix a few minutes later (just a few minutes of mixing the ingredients in the machine is enough).
In our case, 4 hours later, we have a wonderfully bakery-smelling house and yummy bread!
Since my husband makes fresh bread almost every day, we sometimes just cut the leftover bread into square pieces, spread them on the cookie baking sheet, powder them with herbs (basil, oregano, thyme, whatever-you-like), and send it to the oven for 20-30 minutes (350 degrees Fahrenheit/180 Celsius). These are soooo good for soups 🙂
Do you make bread at home? What is your favourite kind?