Boss Lady Bread, Part 1
As a highly sensitive person and an INFP (heyoo!), I am a devotee of coziness. A homebody at heart, I cultivate my space to reflect the things I love and the things that bring me the most comfort and joy. I have baskets overflowing with feathery soft blankets and I’ve got incense and candles for every room. The quilt on our bed is linen because I just love how it feels on my skin. I’ve even got this old white shag rug under our bed to sink my toes into when I wake up in the morning. Plants adorn all corners of the house, music is almost always playing and sandalwood oil + lavender bath salts sit in jars ready for hot bubble baths. You guys, I really love the fact that walking into my home feels like a warm hug.
There is no doubt that cozy for me also means delicious food, and there is something especially comforting about baking bread. It’s the incredible smell that fills the house- it reminds me of coming home from school to a warm loaf of whole wheat bread on the counter. It’s that feeling all over again each time I bake this bread.
I have been making this particular bread recipe for years now because it is so delicious and makes me want to curl up on the couch with a giant novel or an old Frank Capra movie. There’s nothing super exceptional about all the ingredients, but they come together to make the most hearty, wonderful bread you’ve ever tasted. I make mine vegan and people never notice the difference—baking without animal products yields fantastic results! If you are skeptical, this would be a great recipe to try.
Boss Lady Bread
A hearty, seed + nut loaf made with whole wheat flour
- 1.5 cups warm water
- 1.5 tsp active dry yeast
- 1/4 cup liquid sweetener of choice
- 3 tbsp Earth Balance vegan butter
- 1.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 3 tbsp poppyseeds
- 3 tbsp sesame seeds
Add warm water and yeast to a bowl, mix with fork and let sit to bloom for ten minutes
Add in the rest of the ingredients in the order listed above
Mix with a wooden spoon until a soft dough has formed. Knead for 5 minutes
Cover bowl with a dish towel and let the dough rest for 45 minutes
Grease a bread pan with a little oil and turn down out into the pan. Cover and let rest another 45 minutes
During the last 15 minutes of the rise time, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the dough is done rising, place in the oven to bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Let cool in the pan for at least 30 minutes before slicing into the loaf. Serve with jam, nut butter, avocado, you name it and enjoy!