I hope you all enjoyed by new homemade recipe for Genki Kitty’s Orange Infused Biscuits, vegan-style. Constantly I am reading comments that mention “baking bread just takes too long, who has the time for that?” Me, my husband, other husbands and wives and, yes, even you! If you are rolling your eyes right now, just bare with me a little bit longer. It truly is easy to bake as long as you take the ten minutes or less to knead the bread. Sure, it is not as easy to throw a roll in the microwave but it is much more rewarding. Plus, when you bake homemade bread you get bragging rights! It’s like running in a marathon and getting the rights to brag afterwards (and wear the t-shirt from it).
When I worked outside the house, I would whip together the dry ingredients at night before I went to bed. This is my famous procedure:
1. Toss all dry ingredients into a large bowl and cover the entire thing with a kitchen towel for the night.
2. In the morning toss the wet ingredients together in a small bowl, toss it in with the dry ingredients and knead for just a few minutes.
3. Form the dough into a large ball or small rolls and cover it again with a few kitchen towels. Place it in a warm place.
4. When you get home from work, toss it into the oven to bake while you take a shower, get the kids ready for dinner or do whatever it is you do.
You can simply prepare the dough the night before you want to have homemade bread. Remember that you have to let it rise before the next step. I usually let me dough rise for about two hours while I am doing other things. Place the risen dough in a sealable container. Leave the lid cracked open a little so that the yeast can breath. Toss the entire thing in fridge overnight. This method will not kill the yeast but will rather put it into a slight dormant stage. When you get home from work, take the dough out and form a ball or loaf shape. Place it on some parchment paper or a cookie sheet to rise. Cover with a towel and go on with your “just got home duties”. Let it rest for around 40 minutes. Then bake as normal after it rises.
Once you have done this procedure a few times, it is so easy and flawless of a schedule that you will wonder why you were so worried in the first place.
A book I highly suggest is the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by the lovely duo, Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François. Visit their website today for a few free recipes and see how easy it is really can be… My husband loves their first book and learned how to make a few recipes that he now boasts about to everyone. I say, let him boast as long as he loves baking and does it a few times a month. Please make note that as a vegan, you will have to change a few of the recipe ingredients but it is not hard to find a substitution such as vegan butter and so on.