A Shared Recipe
I met Rosie from Virtuous Bread through Twitter and we have exchanged some recipes. I asked Rosie if she would share one of her favourite bread recipes and she kindly gave me this Muesli bread recipe – which I have made and it is indeed delicious!
This muesli bread recipe is an example of the many variations there on the basic food that is bread
Rosie helps people to learn about bread making and loves introducing this wondrous skill to people. Personally, I think there is something very profound about making bread – a basic food of life and eaten in different forms throughout the world. I love making bread so I can understand how satisfying it must be to teach others.
Here is what Rosie says about her company:-
I help to run Virtuousbread.com, a social enterprise dedicated to making it fun and easy for people to make and find and learn about good bread and in so doing to forge the link between bread and virtue.
We aim to spend 20% of our time baking voluntarily with various groups, committing for 1 session per month for a 12 month period. Currently we bake with primary school children, teenagers, prisoners, and the elderly in a care home.
Baking bread is affirming (everyone thanks you and thinks you are a genius) and profoundly satisfying. Learning to bake is a vital life skill (good bread and clean water get you a long way) and baking bread that you then share with others meets a deep human “purpose” that few other things do. Self respect, confidence, and good health are all benefits of baking and breaking good bread.
I teach people how to bake bread in various locations in Leicester and Norfolk – but will go anywhere with an oven ! I also teach people to set up and run their own baking business from home, supplying their local communities- we call these Bread Angels.
I have a 20 year back ground in health and nutrition and am passionate about healthy eating.
- 300g white strong flour
- 300g wholemeal flour
- 150g muesli soaked in 150ml water for an hour – or overnight
- 300ml warm water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1.5 teaspoon instant yeast or 14g dried yeast
- Mix all the ingredients together
- Knead for 10 minutes – it will be sticky – sticky is GOOD!
- Put the dough back in the bowl and cover with clingfilm or damp tea towel until it has doubled in size 1-2 hours
- Knock it down and knead for another minute
- Line a big bowl with a tea towel and sprinkle with flour
- Put the bread into the bowl and sprinkle with flour
- Cover with another tea towel and leave to double in size – about an hour
- Place on parchment on a baking tray or lined loaf tin
- Bake in preheated oven at 200 degrees C for about 45 minutes
- Allow to cool
- Delicious served warm or cold
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