It is World Bread Day!

Honey Whole-wheat Bread

I always love bread, and more precisely, I love making bread. I like the patient wait, the eagerness, the `release from anger´ feeling that bread making can bring. The truth is, if I have enough time, I would like to have home-made bread almost everyday…

Back to the main theme of this post – World Bread Day. I haven´t participated in any blogging events for the longest time. So when Zorra´s email about this event arrived, it was time I decided to move my lazy bump and baked something nice.

This bread is nothing extraordinary. Really. It is simply a loaf of everyday bread. Made from organic stone-ground wholewheat flour with some nice oats and flavorsome local honey, it is a piece of carbohydrate goodness. Paired it with whatever you like, the bread is great for sandwich.

The nice thing is this bread is dead easy to make. Just make sure you have all the best ingredients – superior quality flour and good honey do make tastier bread!

Yeap, today (October 16) is World Bread Day. Zorra will post a write up about it soon so do not miss it!

** Update**: The first photo of this post has been featured in an article about WORLD FOOD DAY here. Thanks for all the lovely comments about this photo.

Honey Whole-wheat Bread
Honey Whole-wheat Bread

Based on recipe from Martha Stewart (make two good size loaves)
Ingredients
3½ cup warm water
3 tbsp honey
2 envelopes active dry yeast
4 cup bread flour (Wallaby Bakers´ Flour is strongly recommended if you are in Oz)
4 cup whole-wheat flour (stone ground if possible)
1 cup old-fashioned oat
2 tbsp coarse salt
Method
Combine water, yeast and honey. Set aside for 5 mins.

In a large bowl, whisk 4 cups bread flour + 4 cup whole-wheat flour together with the yeast mixture. Add salt and oat.

Turn the dough out to an oiled surface and knead until smooth and elastic (10-15 mins by hand. If use Kitchen Aid, use dough hook for about 3-4 mins). Put the dough in an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until doubled. (1-1.5 hours)

Preheat oven to 400F (200C). Place a pizza stone and heat for at least 30 mins before baking.
Turned the dough out, divide in half. Flatten one piece into oval shape whose length is the same with the length of the pan. Roll up lengthwise, gently press as you go so you have a tight log. Place the log, seam side down, into the prepared loaf pan. Repeat with the other dough. Cover with plastic wrap, let rise in warm place for another 30-45 mins.

Use a razor blade, slash the loaves down the center.

Bake in the pre-heated ocen for about 50-60 mins or until cooked through. Cool before serving.

23 Responses to It is World Bread Day!

  1. Manggy says:

    That looks even more perfect than a machine could ever make! Down to the symmetrical groove on top! The black background is so dramatic, too.

  2. Jude says:

    Very nice crust. Simplicity is always a good thing with bread, as long as you use the best ingredients available.

  3. Gloria says:

    Thisbread look really beauty!! I love it!…Gloria

  4. Patricia Scarpin says:

    That is an amazing loaf of bread, I’ll say, Anh! The kind I love having in the morning with jam and my latte.

  5. ChichaJo says:

    The bread looks lovely Anh! I love making bread too…so heart warming and hearth warming :)

  6. Hannah says:

    Simple bread is some of the best bread if you ask me, and this loaf sure looks tasty. :)

  7. Pam says:

    That is a beautiful loaf of bread! Darn, I can’t believe this day snuck up on me like that. I’m making pizza today, does that count?

  8. Darius T. Williams says:

    Can I just say that this looks GREAT! I see paninis and grilled sandwiches all over this – lol!

  9. Johanna says:

    looks fantastic – I too wish I had the time and energy to bake bread every day – it is such a wonderful thing!

  10. Anh says:

    Manggy, i know! Hehe, we all need to do some exercise somehow!
    I love golden crust!

  11. Jin Hooi says:

    hhmm.. i never have enough patient to make my own bread ;-p your bread looks lovely , love your photography skill.

  12. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) says:

    Lovely bread! It would work well with white whole wheat flour, too.

  13. Kevin says:

    That bread certainly looks good!

  14. Susan/Wild Yeast says:

    The first photo is the quintessential bread photo — fantastic!

  15. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A lovely loaf! Really beautiful!

  16. zorra says:

    It makes me very happy you moved your bump to participate in WBD’08. ;-) Your bread sounds delicious and the pics are spectacular!

  17. Elra says:

    Very good looking loaf indeed. Looks so delicious and I love the addition of honey, instead of sugar.

  18. Anonymous says:

    Anh, i love your pixs, it’s so great.

  19. Sunshinemom says:

    Perfect loaf, and a beautiful picture!

  20. zorra says:

    I just baked the bread as minis for WBD After Hours Party: http://kochtopf.twoday.net/stories/5303609/

  21. bee says:

    made it and loved it. thank you.

  22. George Erdosh says:

    I love your blog and your photos are superb. Happens to be that I am a photographer too but strictly black and white, with plenty of food close-ups. My recently published book (Nov/08) includes some of my photos as chapter headings, though they are tiny. Check it out:

  23. Anonymous says:

    Nice

Leave a Reply