It’s that special time of the year – Vegan MoFo is back, and so too am I for my second go at it. This year, my theme is Music for your Mouth (pretend you can see a spiffy banner which will hopefully be ready by tomorrow). Oooh, ahhhh!
Yes, Music for your Mouth – this month I’m dedicating all my posts to bands with food-y names. And what better way to start than with this classic – Bread!
No prizes for guessing what I made to match this band – a good old fashioned loaf of bread. Now this loaf of bread ain’t perfect, but since it’s MoFo, there’s no time for messing around so I’m going to post it anyway (this month will probably see a lot of ‘it’s not perfect but…’ from me). I wouldn’t really eat this bread as bread, as it is super dense – I think it is best suited to toast. It has a rich, dark, sweet flavour from the molasses, and lots of nuttiness from all the seeds. It reminds me of all the beautiful artisan loaves we used to get in Tasmania (in appearance at least!)
500g spelt flour
300ml warm water
2 Tbsp blackstrap molasses
1 pack dry yeast (approx 7g
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil + extra for bowl
1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup sesame seeds
2 Tbsp non dairy milk
1 tsp rolled oats
1 tsp pumpkin seeds
1 tsp sunflower seeds
1 tsp sesame seeds
Firstly, proof your yeast by dissolving molasses into water, adding yeast and setting aside for 5-10 mins. This is not totally necessary, but it’s fun watching the little explosions of yeast bubble to the surface.
In a large bowl, mix together flour and salt. Add the yeast mix along with the olive oil and stir as long as you can with a wooden spoon, then turn the dough out onto a floured bench top.
Start kneading away, adding flour if the dough is too wet or extra water if too dry. Knead for 10 minutes, then make into a ball. Get a clean bowl and swish some oil around in the bottom so that your dough doesn’t stick. Put your dough in the bowl, cover with a clean damp tea towel and set aside to rise for a couple of hours (I did two here).
Punch your dough, then knead again for another 2-3 minutes. Shape into a logish loaf shape, then place on a greased baking tray. With a sharp knife, do a couple of slashes along the top of the dough, so that you don’t have any explosions or deformations in the baking process. Set tray aside and allow dough to rise for another hour or so.
Preheat oven to 200C.
Brush dough with milk, then sprinkle seeds over the top. Place in oven and bake for 35-40 minutes, until the bottom of the loaf sounds hollow when you knock on it.
Allow to cool on rack before slicing.
As I said, this bread totally works best as toast. It’s perfect for some avo, chilli and lemon on top. Nothing really beats the satisfaction of eating a slice of bread that you made by hand, it really feels wholesome or something.
Now please enjoy the sweet sounds of bread as you munch away on this.
Love the theme! And that loaf looks delicious.
Thanks Loz! 🙂
Love your theme and the look of this bread! Really looks delicious with the avo 🙂
Thanks Kate! I know, you just can’t go past good old avo on toast!
Great theme! Anything with blackstrap molasses works for me:D
Agreed! Such a rich flavour.
If I made a load of bread that looked that good I’d be pretty pleased! It sounds delicious and I love your theme!
Thanks Jojo! I think the theme is going to be a bit of fun too 🙂
Great MoFo theme – will enjoy seeing what you come up with. And your loaf looks stunning. I love a good seed loaf. First time for a while I am making a loaf of bread without seeds and seeing yours now makes me wish it was filled with seeds.
Thanks Johanna! Yes, I loooove seeded loaves, my favourite one in Tassie was called the Finnish or Finnin loaf (I can’t even remember now!) and it was small and LOADED with seeds, so much so that when you cut a slice they would just pour out. My dad loves seeded bread too and fell in love with it when he came down to visit. The next time I flew back to Melbourne for a visit, I took one in my carry on luggage. It was so full of seeds it weighed a whole kilo on its own!!
Looks good to me!
Thanks Moon 🙂
Toasting? No way, that sounds and looks wonderful as is. That kind of bread is my favourite!
Thank you Mihl! It’s definitely a very filling bread, like eating a whole meal hehe
Looks fabulous! I am bookmarking this.
Thank you! x
Love your theme! And your bread looks delicious 🙂
Thanks Imogen! Hopefully I can keep it up for the whole month 🙂
That bread looks gorgeous, and I hate describing food as gorgeous.
Thanks Randi! It must be the compliment of all compliments then 😉
Yum! That looks delicious, I love homemade bread. I haven’t experimented much with adding seeds, but molasses in bread is pretty much the best
Thanks Emily! Nothing beats homemade bread – especially the smell. This was the first time I’ve ever tried molasses, or spelt for that matter. Definitely could do with some finetuning, but I reckon it looks great!
I love your theme! And your bread looks delicious too, looks pretty perfect to me! :o)
Thanks Jasmine! xx
I love your VeganMofo theme, Caeli, it’s so awesome! I can’t wait to read your posts and the reference to your favorite bands! Beautiful artisan bread…love all these seeds on top of them, yum!!! I’m all over toast!!
Thanks Rika, it’s definitely been fun (and keeping me on my toes). 3 weeks to go!