Today I spent the whole day thrift shopping with my sister Heather. I have been keeping myself under control lately trying to only buy things I truly love. I found the craziest bear chair for my four year old, and he adores it. It needs a good cleaning, but I’ll try and get a photo of it this weekend. I got some other odds and ends too–so photos coming.
The hallway photo is just showing the awesome Moomin postcard that my friend Cecilie sent me yesterday. I framed it and hung it in the hallway to fill in some of the small space we have going on between the larger pictures.
I made faux chicken noodle soup last night because it was so cold out! We were going to be eating around 8 (which is normal dinnertime for us, haha) and I felt like I didn’t have enough time to make homemade bread. Well after looking around at various recipes, I concocted a vegan bread recipe that was quick to make, took only 1 hour to rise, and tasted so good!
Quick Braid Bread
5 tsps. dry active yeast
3/4 c. warm water
1 1/4 c. soy milk
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
4 1/2 c. bread flour
2 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
Mix yeast and warm water and allow to sit for a few minutes. Meanwhile mix soy milk and applecider vinegar in measuring cup. Add apple cider vinegar first then fill the rest up with the soy milk to 1 and 1/4 cup.
In large bowl take half of the flour (2 and 1/2 cups) and mix in yeast mixture, soy milk, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Dough will be very sticky. Add the rest of the flour and begin to knead it (adding slightly more flour if you need to) Knead the dough for 5-7 minutes until smooth.
Divide dough into 3 equal pieces and roll these out like long snakes. Take all three ends and smoosh them together. Then braid the dough and smoosh ends together as well. Transfer braid to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and a sprinkling of corn meal. Spray the top with olive oil spray and cover loosly with plastic wrap. Allow the braid to rise in a warm place for one hour.
In preheated over to 375 degrees bake loaf for about 25-35 minutes, until golden brown. The bread will be soft and quite tasty! Good for dipping into soup and making sandwiches the next day.
I vow to never buy bakery bread again!
***Tomorrows shop update should be sometime around noon or so, I still need to finish a few things tonight and get photos of them taken in the morning, and the edit and add etc. But it will be tomorrow :)