In the title of our current exhibition, right at the beginning is the word “bread”. Our directors, who also organized the exhibition, got their inspiration for the title from Lebanese author Bilal Khbeiz. A few years ago, Bilal reflected on what one needs for a “good life” and put it in a nutshell with the list “bread, wine, cars, security and peace”. He also makes us aware that the “ingredients” for a good life, depending on where you were born, can be quite different.
What makes a “good life” also depends on the point in time when someone asks this question: a few weeks ago we surely would have answered differently than now, when we perhaps realize that we are even missing school or that we would like to go outside more often.
But, on the other hand, we can make good use of the time at home to try out something new – for example, baking your own bread.
The recipe we found for you is quite easy. Nevertheless, your mom or dad should definitely help you out with the baking.
You are going to need the following ingredients for the bread:
• 600 g whole grain spelt flour
• 200 g wheat flour
• 15 g salt
• 20 g fresh yeast
• ½ teaspoon vinegar
• 1 teaspoon honey
• A handful of sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, and linseeds
• 800 ml lukewarm water
• Butter for the tray
• Sunflower seeds to sprinkle on the top
Before you begin with the dough, grease a loaf or round pan with soft butter.
Take a big bowl and first put in the two types of flour, then crumble the yeast over the flour.
To make the bread tasty, now you can add the salt, honey, vinegar and the sunflower, sesame, and linseeds.
When you have all of the dry ingredients in the big bowl, pour the lukewarm water into the mix.
Next, you have to make a dough out of all of the individual ingredients – the best way is to use your hands to mix all of the ingredients together. Knead the dough as long as it’s takes till the flour, yeast, and all of the other ingredients are mixed together properly.
Once the dough is finished, put it into the buttered baking pan and then sprinkle the top with sunflower seeds.
Then put the bread in the still cold oven. Put the pan on the middle level of the oven and close the oven door. Turn on the oven to 210 °C or 215 °C (circulating air). Once you see on the oven display that the temperature has reached 210 °C – that’s when the actual baking time for the bread begins.
The bread will be finished baking in 50 minutes. Ask your mom or dad to take the hot pan out of the oven with an oven cloth or glove and tip the bread out of the pan onto a cutting board.
Before you cut off your first slice of bread, you should give it enough time to cool off.
We wish you lots of fun baking bread and bon appétit!