Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Happy ever After Health Bread

Once upon a time in the land of the Table Mountain, there lived a fair maiden. This maiden was very happy, she spent her carefree days being doted on by her loving parents. Her Mother and Father provided all her needs, never requesting her to cook or clean.

The maiden would buy magazines that told her about fashion and beauty and when she read a book it would always be a love story. She paid no attention to recipes, unless she was glancing at a diet, for which she had no use.

One day, quite unexpectedly, the fair maiden met a prince from the Northern City of Gold. He was dashing and handsome and after a short courtship the prince and the maiden were married at ceremony surrounded by friends and loved ones.

The maiden moved into the prince's palace and enjoyed having her own home. She set to work on being a good wife. It took many moons before the maiden finally got the hang of buying stores for the larder and planning meals to cook for the prince and the rest of the court.

It was during this time that the maiden changed. Food, recipes, cooking and baking began to become increasingly more important in her life. She no longer bought glossy magazines featuring the latest fashions, but scoured the shops from many lands, for books and magazines on food, recipes and exotic ingredients.

She spent hours and hours on the Internet drooling over pictures of more food, printing 1000's of recipes - all of which she planned to make "one day", even though this would mean she would have to live to be 167 years old to complete such a task.

The maiden grew older and wiser - yet still she continues her passion for food and recipes. She has made friends with like minded maidens, princesses (and a few princes), who are equally passionate about food and cooking, they call themselves foodies and bloggers.

One recipe the maiden kept in her treasure chest (as part of her trousseau) is Pam's Health Bread. She no longer remembers who Pam is, but is still grateful to her for this recipe.  It is a wonderfully versatile recipe and can be adapted to what can be found in the pantry (which was very handy before the maiden knew how to food shop).

Pam's Health Bread

4 Cups Nutty Wheat Flour
1 Cup Bran
10ml Salt
50ml Dark Molasses
1 Sachet Instant Dried Yeast
60ml Chopped Walnuts Nuts (optional and exchangeable to whatever nuts you might have)
60ml Seed Mix (sunflower, pumpkin, linseed, sesame)
2-3 Cups of Warm Water

Pre-heat the oven to 180C
 Mix all the dry ingredients together.
Then add enough warm water to make a soft dough.
Place the dough in a bread pan and allow to rest in a warm place for 30 - 45 minutes.
Bake in the oven for 40 minutes until golden brown.


Nina Timm said...

Fair maiden, that bread is so packed with goodness and baked with such care, I am sure it was as delicious as it looks from afar!!!

Marisa said...

Love this post!

Gattina said...

the bread is as beautiful as the story sounds! I really can't wait to try!

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
C.S. Lewis

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