There is a lovely trio of bread recipes on the back of every bag of Bob’s Red Mill Artisan flour (purple label), as well as a very well-done video here about how to do the overnight loaf. The printed recipes are for pizza; the popular overnight, sourdough crispy loaf shown in the video; and the third is a generic recipe for an “Amish Country Loaf”. I have been adapting this Amish bread recipe with a number of personalizations to suit whatever took my fancy at the time.
To the basic recipe, I add nuts/seeds, an egg, potato flakes (or leftover mashed potatoes), freeze-dried shallots, and/or any herbs that strike my fancy. I’ve substituted barley malt, maple syrup, honey, or molasses for the sugar called for, and butter, olive oil, or coconut oil for the vegetable oil.
This makes a “soft” loaf, as opposed to the more firm sourdough loaf that I usually make. It is good for making sandwich/burger rolls, and probably for dinner rolls, although I haven’t done that yet. Rolls can be topped with yet more specialized ingredients that enhance their appeal. Just brush with some beaten egg (or just the white), and sprinkle on whatever you think would go good with the other foods being offered.
It’s probably nearly impossible to do this wrong, so let your imagination and other menu items guide you to a loaf that perfectly suits your desires. Very satisfying! ;->
Hint: Keep several bags around so you never run out! So far, I’ve found that Vitacost has the best price. Since I order many things from them routinely, it is easy to keep a good stock on hand.
Love this! I made a delicious sunflower bread recently, should probably share the recipe too!
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Sharing is good! ;->
You are truly amazing. Love getting your ideas on cooking and baking. Love fresh sourdough bread although I rarely buy any berad at all as the extra weight goes on just passing it in the store. However, after reading your suggestions maybe I’ll try it.
We sold our RV two years ago to move into a lovely, cozy apt in Oregon for my dear wife. However, I couldn’t stand being without a camping vehicle after tenting a few times last year so I bought a new RAM Promaster Cargo van which I have been converting into a camper van. Wow! What a challenge as it’s exactly like building a small house. Nearly finished now taking off for Arizona in a few weeks to get some sun.
Best wishes and happy travels from Davd and Nola
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How nice to hear from you, David. We would be interested to hear how you do with your RAM Promaster. We still have the same Sportsmobile that you saw lo, those many years ago (12?), but are thinking along the lines of something a bit more useful on a Promaster chassis.
As for the proclivity of bread to pop itself onto your body as you walk past . . . maybe walk by faster??? ;->
True hint . . . if you eat quality and satisfying food, it seems that the urge to overeat is much curtailed. It is the lack of nutrients in so many packaged foods that keeps the body on edge all the time, and always wanting more, more, more. With nutrient-dense foods, your appestat is more likely to work as intended, and turn off that tummy growl when the beast has been satisfied.
your bread looks really very delicious and I’m planning to buy some cheese and come over:)
virtual hugs, Mitza
Please do! Our guest room awaits! ;->