Ah! Total success! Part of my “living out loud” philosophy of life also includes living simple. For the last few years I have been remembering the old times, when we were able to get our daily meals literally from our backyard. Anything that moved or grew was right there, fresh, and healthy. I started by growing my own herbs, then making my own salsas. Today, I moved a step forward by making my first ever homemade Italian herbs bread! It was delicious and I am totally satisfied.
I have been ripping off the benefits of self-sufficiency. Not only it gives me personal satisfaction, since cooking has always been one of my passions, but it’s also healthier, without all the artificial ingredients added to most of the food we consume these days, and a lot less expensive than the commercial already made brands. I wonder why I didn't think about this when I was raising four children on a limited salary! But then again, it is never too late to begin a new lifestyle.
This recipe was sent to me by a friend. She got it from a wonderful blog I found later. You can take a look at it here:http://www.blissfulanddomestic.com/ Here is the recipe. As it is my habit, I made some slight changes based on my taste. I used fresh Italian herbs and omitted gluten, which was optional. I hope you enjoy and share your thoughts. Cheers to self-sufficient DIY!
¾ cup water
1 tbsp. olive oil
¾ tsp. salt
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. fresh Italian herbs
2 ¼ cups wheat or organic flour
2 ¼ tsp. yeast
Put all the ingredients in a bread machine if you have one; if not just mix well in a bowl. Remember to always start with your liquids and end with the flour and yeast. If you have a machine, put it on dough cycle and let the bread maker do all the kneading. Once it if finished, press down the dough and put it in a greased bread pan. Cover with clear wrap and allow doubling in size; around 40 to 50 minutes. Bake at 375 for 16-20 minutes. Once cooked, pull out of oven and rub with a stick of butter. Be generous here