October 11, 2010

peanut butter toasts with honey, while watching the leaves fall. 

the peanut butter is this kind. the raw honey is from a place just a few miles down the road. (yay for local. i wish i had my allergies right now. i bet the honey would heal me. instead i have a sore throat. but i bet the honey will heal that too!) and the toast is from a loaf of bread i made last night, which kind of reminds me of ciabatta. or maybe an english muffin. either way, i'm liking it. (recipe below!!)

my favorite part of the weekend was..

sitting outside saturday afternoon. i read a book while grant caulked our new front door.
or maybe it was the seminar i went to on biblical nutrition. i ate up every word.
or maybe it was slicing tomato while grant cooked our burgers.
or maybe it was sweating. i'm really happy when i'm not cold.
or maybe it was watching community with grant.
or maybe it was picking out this dehydrator, after reading lots of great reviews.
or maybe it was making roasted red pepper sauce with julie & julia in the background.
or maybe it was scooping out soft butternut and buttercup squash flesh for soup later on.
or maybe it was baking this bread. and then eating 3 slices of it immediately.

soaked whole wheat ciabatta-like bread 
loosely adapted from sheena 

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
1/4 cup ground flax seed

1/2 cup warm water
1 package active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1/3 cup honey
heaping 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (or butter)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1. the day before baking: thoroughly combine flours, flax, and water. make sure flour is completely moistened. add another tablespoon or two (or more!) of water if there are still dry spots. when you're done combining, it should look like a dough. cover tightly with a lid or plastic wrap, and let sit on the counter for 24 hours or so.
2. when you're ready to bake: mix yeast with 1/2 cup warm water and 1/3 cup honey in your mixer bowl. let sit for 20 minutes to bloom. scrape soaked flour mixture into mixer bowl and add coconut oil and salt. using the dough hook, mix all together for 5 minutes or so. while it's mixing, sprinkle 1/2 cup or so more flour down the sides of the bowl to help a dough form. dough will still be very, very wet- don't worry. 
3. scrape/pour dough into a greased bowl and let rise for 1 hour. preheat oven to 375 degrees. pour dough (it will still be wet! almost like a batter. weird, i know.) into greased loaf pans and let rise another 45 minutes. bake for 40 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches about 190.(if you take your bread's temp like i do). let cool in pans for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. crust will be chewy and crumb will be open and airy. eat immediately with butter!

this bread is perfect for toasting and making a panini. seriously. 

ps. i poured my bread 'batter' into two loaf pans, one large and one small. but the small one came out very short. not that i mind. i like mini toasts. but next time i might pour it all into my large loaf pan and just have one big one. you can do whatever you like!

happy monday! the leaves are sinking past my window in a constant stream today. looks like a movie scene. what kind of breakfast did you have to go with the falling leaves?


Misplaced Country Girl said...

I started washing my face with raw honey and baking soda a few weeks ago. I saw some people on Friday that I hadn't seen in a very long time and they didn't recognize me because they said I look so young. Raw honey is now my favorite thing in the entire world.

summer said...

@ misplaced country girl.. oh that is so funny- i just started washing my face with baking soda a couple weeks ago! i LOVE it. i'll have to try it with honey, too!

Nicole said...

I love peanut butter and I love honey, but I never thought about putting them together! I'll have to try that sometime!

Cherish Stockdale said...

I had the same breakfast this morning, can't beat peanutbutter & honey... its the perfect combo!!

Sharon said...

sadly, no breakfast yet today, just some coffee (which is quite unusual for me, especially in this great warm weather!).
Aaahhh! My husband bought me that exact same dehydrator for my bday this year. I have only used it for apples so far...I can't wait to see what you will inspire me to do!

jacs23 said...

ahh, yes, peanut butter & honey is a fav in our house but we also LOVE avacado w/ salt & pepper [or in egg whites] and a green smoothie...froz fruit, rice milk, flax oil, green veggie powder from Whole foods & a ripe banana. mmmm ><>

Judi said...

Summer, I'd be interested in any information that you can forward regarding the biblical nutrition.

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sheena said...

I have never soaked anything.....now I think I have to!

Summer I'm just curious as to how much you pay for your local honey? I feel like the guy we've bought from the past few times at the farmers market is super high.... especially because we go through it so fast!

christine said...

peanut butter & honey. such a great combo. i eat that a lot! & peanut butter & honey sandwiches as well for lunch. remember that one time? we had a toast party? good times.

summer said...

@ judi.. hi judi! oh i wish i could send you the lecture that i heard! sadly, i wasn't taking notes and it was about 2 hours long.. so it would be hard to summarize everything! the doctor that was speaking has an AMAZING story. you can read it here, if you'd like!

@ sheena.. i know. it can be ridiculously pricey some places! i paid $9.00 for mine, which seemed like a great deal for a big bottle. (but maybe it's not!)

@ christine.. toast party, baby! we HAVE to do that again sometime. will you bring your special toaster with the smiley plate?

{lovely little things} said...

Peanut butter and honey - yum!

Anna said...

I made mini bread on accident once. I think they turned out better than regular sized bread :)



about this blog

Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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