On Saturday morning after a week of tests, quizzes, and track practices, there's nothing I crave more than a simple, sit-down breakfast. The thought of sitting down with a piping hot cup of coffee, having time to toast my bread for the full three minutes, and slowly spreading the entire surface with soft butter is so novel, so luxurious, and so delicious. To make Saturday morning breakfast even more special, I like to use homemade bread. Yeah, we're getting crazy. Take that, overnight oats!
All homemade breads are delicious -- wheat, rye, rosemary etc. However, I adore breads with character. Breads with nuts and seeds and dried fruits. That's why this muesli bread is a favorite of mine. Muesli is simply a combination of raw oats, fruit, nuts, and seeds stirred around with yogurt or milk -- kind of like my overnight oats. This bread is muesli in toast... and it kind of shows my overnight oats who's boss.
Treat yourself with a loaf of homemade bread this weekend.
- 1.5 cups warm water
- 3 cups unbleached flour + ¼ cup whole wheat flour
- ½ tablespoon salt
- ¾ tablespoons fast acting yeast (~ one pack)
- ¼ cup raw pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup raisins (or craisins)
- ¼ cup raw almonds (or any other nut you like)
- Combine warm water (like bath water, or 110*), yeast, salt and flours in a large mixing bowl and stir. The result will be a sticky, rough dough. If using a stand mixer, beat at medium speed for about a minute. Otherwise just use a spoon to stir until well combined.
- Lift the dough out and lightly grease the bowl with nonstick spray or olive oil. Cover and let rise in the refrigerator for two hours. Alternatively, let rise for 2 hours at room temp and 2 hours in the fridge. I went straight for the fridge to save time.
- Once risen, lightly sprinkle the dough with flour and transfer to a floured work surface. Knead a few times and then add pumpkin seeds, almonds and raisins. Knead until until just combined, trying to keep the add-ins on the inside of the loaf, or else they’ll get too crisp while baking.
- Place on parchment-lined baking stone or lightly greased baking sheet. Sift a light coating of flour over the top; to help keep the dough moist. Let rest for 45-60 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 450°F while the dough rests. Place a metal or cast iron pan (not glass, Pyrex, or ceramic) on the lowest oven rack, and have 1 cup of hot water ready.
- When ready to bake, slash the bread 2 or 3 times with a knife, making a cut about ½-inch deep.
- Place bread in oven and carefully pour hot water into the shallow pan on the rack beneath. Expect it to bubble and steam; then close oven door quickly.
- Bake the bread for 25 to 35 minutes, or until deep, golden brown.
- Remove the bread from the oven and cool on a rack. Store leftovers in a plastic bag at room temp.