Rose’s Alpha Baker: 100% Whole Wheat Walnut Loaf P.499

There is nothing like making bread from scratch,the feels of the dough in your hand while kneading it, the waiting and watching how the dough rises and the smell of a fresh dough to become an amazing creation. Let me tell you, every time it gets me excited like a little girl.I will admit I must have baked hundred and different types of bread yet, it always seems to fascinate me and a sure way to satisfy my soul. I can still smell my parents’ house every Friday morning, waking up to the fragrant that filled the house,of my mom homemade challa bread. sure from time to time i loved the  convenience of just going to the local bakery. but, as good the bread is with no question of its quality, I still will always opt for a homemade bread. nothing you will experience at any bakery in the world.If you like me love to learn about the whole art of making a bread then, I absolutely recommended ” The bread bible”. If you feel a little skeptic of your ability than,feel free to check this group of talented bakers and learn from their experiences… I promise you’ll be hooked just like me! Whether you are an experienced home baker or always wanted to try making homemade bread,than the  100% whole wheat bread walnut loaf  is a good way to  start.

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Rose’s Alpha Baker: ‘Swedish Apricot Walnut Bread’ P.488

Swedish Apricot Walnut Bread

In honor of the Jewish holiday “Tu b’shevat’, this week’s project is “Swedish Apricot Walnut Bread”’. But before we run to wear our aprons and work some dough, what is Tu B’shevat?

Tu B’shevat is the new year of the trees, and it is celebrated on a full moon or the fifteenth day of the month of Shevat. The 15th letter in Hebrew is ‘TU’ hence the holiday name. It is a minor festival that has gained importance in the last  decade as an environmental holiday. In Israel it is celebrated as the Jewish Arbor Day and reminds us about the return to the land after wandering in the desert for 40 years. God instructed the Jews to revive the land and plant trees, fruits, vegetables, and grain.

The holiday is usually celebrated by eating the fruit of the trees and vines that grow in Israel, such as almonds, apples, apricots, figs, grapes, pistachios, walnuts, raisins, olives and pomegranates. Also, God prohibited Jews from eating the fruit from trees within the first three years after planting. This practice ensures that the trees will mature, bear fruit, and live a long life. As a kid, our school would take us to a bare land, usually around Jerusalem, and we would plant trees. This experience made it very unique to know that I had contributed, in a little way, to my Country (Israel).

When all my Brothers and Sisters would come back home, my Mom would make a plate full of goodies that the land had to offer that year, which would include fresh and dried fruit that are in season. We would also enjoy many types of raw nuts, and we would sit and feast.

This TU B’SHEVT I am happy to offer a new addition to our Family traditional fruit and nut plate.

As I mentioned above, this is a project that took me five days. For a maximum flavor experience, Rose recommends to let the Biga and the Bread dough after prepared to rest for couple of days in the refrigerator.But don’t let the time be a decision factor to ever bake bread. Yeah it does require some time, and yeah there are a few steps, but most of the job is done hands-free…meaning you let the dough rest most of the time, either in the refrigerator or resting to proof. Don’t miss out on the experience of a house filled with a fresh baked deliciousness. So let’s get started, we have a lot to do…

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