Last week, for all three programs, we went to Central Asia. Working together, we built tents to hang out in to look at pictures of children eating giant melons, reading books, and playing outside of yurts. We learned about two humped camels, yaks, and Central Asian tigers and smelled some spices that had come through the region on the Silk Road.
We read several different stories from Tales Told in Tents by Sally Pomme Clayton while enjoying some pomegranate and obi non, with pomegranate blackberry jam.
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1 cup of all purpose flour, plus extra for counter and hands.
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of instant yeast
1/2 cup of milk
4 tablespoons of water
1 tablespoons of butter
Handful of cornmeal or semolina
Tools: big mixing bowl, small bowl, wooden spoon, cookie oven sheet or pizza stone
Mix the yeast and milk in a small bowl.
Mix the flours and salt into the big mixing bowl. Add the yeast and milk combination and mix with the wooden spoon. Once it forms a dough, start mixing with floured hands.
Taking the dough out of the bowl and onto the floured counter, knead the dough for at least five minutes. Either quickly clean your big mixing bowl or get a new bowl, and grease with a little bit of oil. Put the kneaded dough into the bowl and cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a plastic bag.
Leave the bowl in a warm place anywhere in your house for at least 1.5 hours. DO NOT PUT IT IN THE FRIDGE BECAUSE NOTHING WILL HAPPEN. The dough needs to have doubled in size before touching it again.
Once the dough has doubled, take off the plastic, and punch it. Yes, this is the best part of making bread. Take it out of the bowl and knead it on the floured counter for a minute or two.
Shape the dough into a flat round circle. Press your fingers along the edges to make a kind of ridge. Look for anything you have to make decorations on top of the dough. I used my salt shaker and a fork. Your dough needs some holes in it, so really poke it when you are making your designs. Have fun with this!
Put your handful of cornmeal or semolina flour onto the cookie sheet or pizza stone. Set your round decorated dough onto the sheet or stone and let it rise for 20 minutes. While this is happening, turn your oven on to 425.
After the 20 minutes are up, melt the butter and drip it onto the dough.
Once the oven is ready, bake the bread for 15 minutes. When it is done, the bottom of the bread will make a hollow sound when you knock on it. If you’ve never knocked on bread before, here’s your chance!
Serve plain or with jam or anything you would normally eat with delicious bread. Enjoy!
Recipe (very much) adapted from here