I love bread. Yes, I could basically live off it seven days a week, 24 hours a day (no intermittent fasting happening). But so far, the only bread I’ve dared to bake at home, on the regular, is: pizza (which, are we honest, isn’t really bread, because, PIZZA), Banana Bread (dito, it’s cake, right?) and my beloved no-knead bread. But the latter is so simple to make, it’s almost embarrassing to share a recipe. And that’s it as far as my bread baking skills go. Am I a proper Food Blogger? We all clearly don’t think so! The lack of bread baking skills is almost a bit too ridiculous. Especially handling yeast, I don’t know, I totally shy away from it. I’ve had a few fails (of course not documented here, because: not pretty) with yeast doughs and, well, I was always rather a mess afterwards. My love for anything dough-y just didn’t add up with my lack of skill!
So, I was really waiting for the new Betty Bossi “Brot & Brötchen” book to arrive. To take away my fear of baking anything that’s not cake. Betty, show me the way! I prayed, ahaha. I also asked Betty to help me chose the recipe that was right for me. Right, because there are 100 recipes to choose from! And I don’t want to blame choosing the “wrong recipe” in case something didn’t turn out nicely, ahaha. And Betty heard me! She gave me not only one but two recipes to try on my first baking attempt. Both adequatly easy for a bread beginner, I would say. And quick to make, too! Both stunningly good!
So, here’s the first. My first born, proper bread! Ahaha, All hail, Betty. The bread itself is as cute as it is delicious: a carrot bread! Perfect for spring time, and just think of adding it to your Easter brunch! With it’s intensen orange tint it looks super natural. I suspected it would turn out a bit dry, what with all the sunflower seeds. But it was a big surprise how moist and airy it actually tasted! Smeared with lots of butter (of course fresh out of the oven… I can never wait) and perfected with only a pinch of Maldon Sea Salt on top – it tasted like anybunny’s dream.
Glad to report: am now officially a bread blogger, too ! So my next bread recipe will follow in a few days, yippiee. Just you stay tuned. Here’s the recipe to this Carrot Bread stunner:
Flower Pot Carrot Bread
2 terracotta flower pots
500 g “farmers’ flour” (what’s called “Bauernmehl” here, or use 90% half-white and 10% rye flour)
50g sunflower seeds
1 sachet (ca. 20g) baking powder
1 2/4 tsp. salt
4.5 dl carrot juice
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar (I used apple cider vinegar)
120 g carrots, grated
1 tbsp. sunflowers extra for garnish
Preheat the oven to 180° C. Line two flower pots with parchment. Combine flour, sunflower seeds, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Add carrot juice and vinegar. Mix well with a wooden spoon. Grate the carrots coarsely with the “Rösti grater”, add to the mix and combine. Half the dough and fill into the lined flower pots. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds. Bake for roughly 70 minutes on the lowest level in the oven. Remove from oven, let cool slightly, then remove bread from the pots to let cool completely on a rack. Pro tipp: enjoy a slice stil warm, smeared with butter. Delicious!
And because it’s never enough to maximize one’s own happiness:
If you want to be a proper bread baker, like me, but lack the skill, then this book is perfect for you! You will be known as the bread baker in your social network, in no time. For this to happen (I like to make people happy, also, karma points) I am giving away one “Brot & Brötchen” to one lucky winner. All you have to do to participate is leave a comment here on the blog. Winner will be chosen at random on Sunday, 10th, 23pm and contacted via PM (please leave your email). Open to participants in Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Good luck!
Thank you Betty Bossi for sponsoring this post.