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Whole Wheat Scarborough Fair Bread

Posted on July 14, 2012

Zeit für ein weiteres Geständnis. Or in English, time for another confession. I’ve been a bad bad girl. It has been a while since I got my bad blogger on. Last time was when I was late to write about life in Canada when I was discussing the flavor of some lollipops. It was a while ago now. I explained that I was out getting drunk when I should have been writing that article. This time, I sit before you blogging, excuseless  a day late. All I have to say for myself is, “ooooooooops!” This may happen every now and again I must admit to everyone shamefully. But hey, I am here and blogging now.

Fresh out of the breadmaker!

This is the post I had planed to make last night. Scarborough Fair Whole Wheat Bread. In our kitchen we keep an herb garden full of fresh cooking herbs. We have it all set up in the window where it gets lots of sun and the plants grow healthy and beautiful, organic, and fresh. Some of the herbs we keep take me back to Great Britain, such as the parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme. Yes I love the song. But, the song is actually fairly modern. It pays tribute to an earlier musical tradition that once existed. I love music. So any time I can mix it with food you had better believe I will.

My trip to the British Isles was a long time ago. I got to see many amazing things in Great Britain. I have always wanted to return to see the rest of the region. Someday I will. While I was in Great Britain, I was 15 traveling with a small group of school classmates and a couple of teachers that pretty much just checked out once we arrived in London. A city that sees rain for at least an hour a day just about every day all year round.

Wash your herbs, then chop them.

It was a very eventful trip. I started doing some work in the evenings for the time I was there with a local musician in a high end hotel. Had to call home, when someone tried to sign me to a label. Only to get told by my parents that I am way too young and NO! In retrospect, looking back they were right. I would have ended up abused and exploited. It might be one of the best things they ever did for me. At the end of the trip another classmate who had gone off her meds attacked me in the bath tub. (For talking about her, which actually I wasn’t. She was on those meds for a reason, poor kid. I dunno where she is today, but I wish her all the best. We were good friends so I would never slag her.) And right in the middle of the trip, at the end of our first stint in London, the IRA bombed the building next to the hotel we were all trying to sleep in. I heard it killed two Americans. But not sure if that is really true. What I remember most is the shaking and the sound as the building we were in shook for some time, as the building beside ours crumbled. The noise was horrible. The shaking was terrifying. Everything, fell off the walls and I just sat in my bed screaming unaudibly oer the sound of the crumbling building next door. I support independence for Ireland. I do not however aprove of violence as a means to an end. I find the IRA abhorrent as an institution. That it would bomb like that with children present in the vicinity, who have nothing to do with their issue, tells me all I need to know about them. Not cool IRA. You should be ashamed of yourselves. It was the last IRA bombing.

Add the butter to one corner on top of your flour, put the sugar into another corner, and the salt into another corner. Dig a little hole in the center of your flour, and pour in your yeast there. Add your herbs on top.

We went to see many things. It was an amazing trip. The Sulis Minerva,bath house built by the Romans to honor Minerva, on  hot springs sacred to a goddess of healing named Sulis, for the Celts. The Sulis Minerva Bath House, is built  in what is today known as Bath. Bath a lovely old city. A place I actually prefer to London itself. We saw The Crown Jewels, which as an artist and occasional jewelry designer I found really interesting and worth while. We went to Stonehenge. Now that was incredible. What I wouldn’t give to go back there. Fabulous place! I highly recommend it. Beautiful old stones. You can’t help but be awed and mystified by it. It is striking that people moved those stones quite some distance and stood them up. My jaw lived on the floor that day. We also got to go walk the cliffs of Cornwall, looking out at the ocean. All kinds of beautiful plants lived there, and the cliffs are high. Also incredible. We did so much on that trip…. Those are just things that I found most memorable. They were amazing.

Scarborough Fair loaf, cooling on the cutting board, fresh from the bread maker.

The song Scarborough Fair, always brings me back to the old ruins of Stonehenge, and the cliffs of Cornwall…. Every time I hear music from that tradition, it feels like once again, I am back there staring at the ocean. Walking the cliffs, along the path through the lavender.

So here is the bread recipe. We made it with a bread maker. We love our bread maker and we encourage everyone to buy one because they are great.

Here is the ingredients list

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice from freshly squeezed organic lemon
  • 2 1/4 cups organic whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/4 cups organic all purpose white flour
  • 2 table spoon of butter
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of unprocessed sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon dried yeast
  • 2-3 table spoons of fresh herbs. Parsley Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. (make sure to slices them up.)

Add the ingredients to your bread machine pan in the order listed.  Then set the bread machine to the whole wheat setting medium crust and set for a medium loaf. Then, you wait. When it’s done, let it cool on a rack or cutting board.

Fresh bread!

To make this bread in the oven, preheat your oven to whatever temperature is used for your standard whole wheat bread. Make sure to knead your bread well and add your herbs at the end of your kneading process, but make sure before you put your bread in the oven that everything is nicely kneaded in. Then, allow it to rise for several hours in an area that is somewhat warm so that it will rise properly. After the bread has risen put it in your oven baking pan, and stuff it in the oven for the standard amount of time for a wheat bread loaf.  Let it cool, and eat it.

I love this bread, because whole wheat is so much healthier than white. This way there is some dietary nutritional value to the bread.



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