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bread baking for lazy people like me

This is the fastest, easiest, and as a bonus, possibly the cheapest bread you can make. My kids have helped me make this and they have the attention span of a gnat. It’s just that fast. And I’m lazy, so you know it has to be easy if I make it. The hardest part is the kneading, but I actually enjoy it. Its therapeutic.

With this recipe you can have two small rustic looking loaves in an hour and 15 minutes. It’s delicious warm with dinner, but also makes excellent sandwiches the next day.

I learned how to make bread when I was 12. My 4-H teachers would probably shake their heads at how easy this bread is to make.

I adapted the recipe slightly from one in The Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyzyn. We use less yeast than the original recipe – it tastes better and the bread still rises just as much.

Cuban Bread

  • 5-6 cups all purpose flour (you can substitute whole wheat for 1-2 cups)
  • 1 tbsp dry yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 cups hot water (120-130 degrees)
  • 1 tbsp sesame or poppy seeds (optional)

Mix 4 cups of flour with yeast, sugar and salt. Pour in hot water and beat for ~100 strokes (or 3 minutes with a mixer). Stir in remaining flour until dough is no longer sticky. Knead dough for 8 minutes.

Place dough in greased bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and let rise for 15 minutes (you might be tempted to let it rise longer, thinking it’ll be even better, but it really makes no difference in the end. 15 minutes or an hour and a half, the dough turns out the same).

Punch down and divide into 2 pieces. Shape into 2 round loaves and place on a baking sheet. Cut an X ½ inch deep on the top with a sharp knife. Brush with water and sprinkle with seeds.

Place on the middle shelf of a COLD oven. Place a cake pan of hot water on the lowest shelf. Heat oven to 400F. Bake 40-50 minutes until golden brown.

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traditional house warming gifts

There are a couple of loaves of homemade bread to go in here too, but they are in the oven right now.

We are heading out this weekend to visit with the city cousins. They’ve recently moved into a new home, so I though we should take along a housewarming gift of some kind. I remember a neighbour giving us salt, bread and wine when we moved, so I’m going to do something similar.

First, I looked it up to find the right wording to put on the card. I found that there are more items that were traditionally given as housewarming gifts as well.

Bread May those in your home never go hungry.
Broom May your house always be clean and free of evil spirits.
Candles May you always have light through the darkest times.
Coins May you receive luck and good fortune.
Honey May you always enjoy the sweetness of life.
Knives May your home always be protected from intruders.
Olive Oil May you be blessed with health and well-being.
Plants May your home always have life.
Rice May the love in your home multiply. (fertility)
Salt May there always be flavor and spice in your life.
Wine May you always have joy and never go thirsty.
Wood May your home have stability, harmony, and peace.

I have salt, candles, honey, wine (one of the bottles is from a local vineyard) and some homemade cuban bread that I am going to take with me. The honey is from an apiary in our neighbourhood – he keeps bee boxes on my in-laws property and presents them with a case of honey each year, so we have lots. I may have to purchase another bottle of wine because, well, we like wine. And the bread – I will post a recipe in the next few days. Stay tuned for a recipe for bread that is so quick and easy that even my 8 year old has made it.

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