Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Busy Writer Bread

Hey, everyone!

I came across this awesome brown bread recipe, perfect for busy writers who are so engrossed in their WIPs, they don't want to think about rising and punching and kneading. The cool thing is this bread looks so rustic and pretty when it's done, everyone will think you're this earth woman/domestic goddess/master baker. Here goes:

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 tablespoons cold butter (NO margarine--eww.)
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1/4 to 1/3 cup rolled oats
1 1/2 cups plain yogurt (Greek works best.)

1. In a bowl, mix all-purpose flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. With a pastry cutter or 2 knives (or, um, your hands) cut butter until mixture forms fine crumbs. Stir in whole wheat flour and oats.

2. Gently stir in the yogurt. If mixture seems dry, add milk a little bit at a time. It shouldn't be sticky.

3. Turn dough on a lightly floured board and knead gently five times to make a ball. Set on a lightly greased baking sheet. Pat into a 7-inch circle. With a floured knife, cut a large X on the top of the loaf.

4. Bake at 375 until well-browned, about 40 minutes. You can serve this warm if you like (I like!) with butter and honey. Yummmm!

(I found this recipe at myrecipes.com and am probably breaking about a hundred copyright rules by reproducing it, but you guys won't tell, right?)


  1. Yum. I have NEVER tried to make bread ever, but you may have just inspired me. I need some busy writer carbohydrates stat.

  2. You totally have to try this. It seriously makes you look like the kind of person who harvested the grain and ground out the flour.

  3. Loretta, I love you. I freaking love having someone that enjoys recipe swapping. The sweet potato pie impressed people, man. And now I'm gonna make some brown bread.

  4. Love the new name of the bread! Sounds yummy!

  5. I tried the bread over the weekend. It's very good and easy. I need to play with the yogurt and milk a bit though. Living at high altitude can be tricky when baking. Thanks!

  6. Hey, Lori!

    Does high altitude mean less moisture? If yes, then you can skip the milk entirely.