Yay, I am finally in Sweden. It is absolutely beautiful here, and just as I hoped it's white
and snowy. I wasn't sure, if I'd experience snow this time, since it's almost March. But my little wish for a white, and cozy Stockholm was granted. Today I went to see Gamla Stan, the historic part of Stockholm. Afterwards, I went on a long walk through one of the cute, idyllic suburban neighborhoods which showcase the most adorable, colorful, wooden houses.
Seeing these colors made me so happy. I really love the cozy vibe that these neighborhoods have to them. Tonight I will dive into Stockholm's fantastic night life. Man, this vacation really is off to a great start. But aside from telling you about my fun trip I really want to share this recipe for my homemade whole wheat rosemary walnut bread with you.
It' so easy to make. I know, making bread from scratch comes off as very time intense, and complicated but the truth is it isn't difficult at all. It's also a great gift idea. If you are a little short on money, and can't spend a fortune on gifts at the moment, then two loafs of warm, homemade bread are a wonderful way of showing a loved one you care.
You'll also love the delicious scent that lingers in the air while it bakes in the oven. One really doesn't need a fancy bread machine or anything of that sort to make a simple, delicious, rustic bread like this. The old fashioned way works just fine. Wanna know how it's done? Then put your apron on, and get ready for some baking magic:-) Here's the recipe:
500 g (17,6 oz) whole wheat flour
10 g (0,35 oz) fresh yeast
360 ml (12,81 oz) lukewarm water
1 ½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp sugar
1 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
60 g (2,12 oz) coarsely chopped walnuts
Add salt, flour, and sugar to a bowl. Mix, and set aside. Meanwhile, crumble the yeast into a separate bowl that contains lukewarm water. Stir until the yeast has completely dissolved. Now add this mixture to the flour, sugar, and salt. Knead into a sturdy dough. About 4 minutes. Then add the rosemary, and knead further until evenly combined.
Add the chopped walnuts, and knead again until they're evenly distributed. Place the dough into a bowl, cover it with aluminum foil, and let it rest in the fridge overnight. Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius (375 degrees Fahrenheit). If you are NOT using a convection oven raise the temp about 20 degrees Celsius (70 degrees Fahrenheit).
Once the temperature is reached take the dough out of the fridge, and divide it into 2 or 3 pieces. Now flatten each piece, and fold it over several times, so that air gets incorporated. Once you've done that a couple of times, roll each piece into a rope, and place them on parchment paper. With a sharp knife, carve 3 superficial lines into each of them (e.g. picture).
Then dust them with a little bit of flour, and place them in the oven. Before you close the oven splash 1/3 cup of water onto the bottom of the oven to create steam. That will lead to a nice, and crisp crust. Close the oven immediately, and bake your breads until they're slightly golden in color. That's it guys! Tip: Eat this bread with salted butter. Yuuummm.