Rainy day bread.
April 9th, 2013 | SarahLove
The sunshine has yet to break though the clouds today and it just feels a wee bit too gloomy for my taste.
What ever shall I do? Instead of seeing this as a problem, I am accepting it as a challenge. (One of my newest daily mantras!) I can’t think of a better day than to today to make Rainy Day Bread!
This is my new favorite recipe to make surprising unexpected people! You might think ‘it’s just bread what’s the big deal?!’ Trust me, it’s WAYYYY better than any old bread because it’s full of so much happiness! Guaranteed to make someone smile.
Rainy day bread:
2 1/2-4 C flour (white will work best for vivid colors)
2T ground flax seed + 6T hot water (this is the ‘egg’ mixture)
2C scant unsweetened coconut milk (or soy/rice milk variety of your choice)
1-2 T soft soy butter (reserve a smidgen for brushing on the top of bread after it’s baked)
- Whisk together the flax and hot water. Stir. Let thicken appx five minutes.
- Sing a little ditty for those five minutes that goes like this:
- Raindrops keep falling on my head
But that doesn’t mean my eyes will soon be turnin’ red
Crying’s not for me
Cause I’m never gonna stop the rain by complainin’
Because I’m free
Nothing’s worrying me.
- Combine 2 1/2C flour, cornstarch and salt. Set aside.
- Activate the yeast in the egg mixture.
- Stir in milk and sugar and let sit for about 5 minutes.
- Do the ‘chacha’ for those five minutes to the rhythm of the rain hitting the window pane.
- Then add to the flour. Stir.
- Massage in the butter. (Remembering to reserve a smidgen!)
- Knead like nobodies business on a floured surface until smooth. Adding 1 – 1 1/2 C flour as you
- Divide the dough into 7 pieces: 1 large, 4 medium, 2 small
- Color the 4 medium and 1 of the small into colors of the rainbow. If you are OCD and want ROYGBIV then you will need to see a therapist and make 6 medium instead of the 4. I however, saw a therapist and was able to make my rainbow with just five colors, one of them being hot pink instead of red.
- Knead food coloring into the 4 medium and 1 small, until your desired brightness is acceptable.
- Cover the pieces separately and let the rise for 30 minutes.
- Spend those 30 minutes scrubbing the colors off your hands.
- Punch down the dough wishing you would have waited to wash your hands and let rise for another 20 minutes.
- Assemble in layers by rolling out the dough into the length of your bread pan. (First and last layer will be the dough void of colors.)
- Tuck the top layer under all sides, hiding the rainbow!
- Place the dough in a (lightly buttered bottom) loaf pan to rise (covered) for one hour in a warm location. Perhaps the top of stove because you can start to preheat your oven to 400F at this time.
- During that hour, go jump in puddles.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top surface resembles a hue of golden sunshine.
- Paint the top with the butter you reserved. Let cool and transfer from pan.
- Cut into your creation and do the happy dance. Share.
- Make awesome vegan ‘egg’ salad sandwiches.
No animals were harmed in the creation of this bread! Yup, it’s VEGAN. Let me know how yours turned out and how many puddles you jumped into!
PS I wore gloves to avoid having kaleidoscope hands. Although, having colorful hands the first time I made it was pretty fun too!