Monday Archive: Hostel Bread

Apologies for the brief lapse in posts on Friday afternoon!  G & I took a mini-vacation to Richmond to get away from the house renovation (we very much needed that breather), and I had hoped to post something before we hit the road, but never got a chance.  So that brings us to Monday Archive again!

But first! Some updates to the site! Woohoo! The first major change is that I finally got around to putting a redirect from Cupcake Punk to here. I’ve been meaning to look into the issue for ages (turns out it’s easy peasy with WordPress) and just got around to it today. I also updated all of the links for recipes and restaurant reviews to Eating Appalachia. Turns out that my old blog which I haven’t updated in over a year gets way more traffic than this one, which still contains all the same posts. Blame it on Google or old links or whatnot, but I’d like to get everything tightened up and directing to the correct, live site. In addition to redirection and internal links, I also finally updated my “About” section–a task I’ve been meaning to tackle for almost a year now. Feel free to check it out, especially if you’re new here through Vegan MoFo or a redirect–it explains what this blog focuses on–vegan recipes and omni restaurant reviews–and a little bit more about me as a lover of food.

Living in interim housing with half my kitchen in boxes makes for creative baking–hence the almight Pyrex casserole dish!

But, to the food! I’ve been having a lot of fun with the Monday Archives this month, and, as we’ve passed the halfway point of 2011’s Vegan MoFo, I’m finding the push to post every weekday even more stimulating than other yeras. True, it’s been tough–I spend almost every night after work at the new house, so there’s barely been time to cook–but it’s been fun and I’m loving the rejuvenated spirit in the blogging community. Love you guys!

With this Monday Archive, I decided to reach back to my early days of bread baking. It’s been eons since I baked a loaf of bread, so what better way to start again than the way I started in 2008? Hostel Bread was one of my first forrays into yeast and, looking back three years later, I’m still loving the results. While I never did get to visit the Hostel in the Forest, the Hostel’s bread recipe is spot on and easy as cake (if cake were easy, which sometimes it really isn’t…). I subbed buckwheat flour for whole wheat flour and olive oil for vegan butter and the end loaf was nutty, herby, and with a perfectly stiff, crunchy crust and a soft, airy crumb. Couldn’t ask for anything better.

 Hostel Bread

First Posted March 16, 2008

1 c warm water
1 tbsp sugar
2.25 tsp active dry yeast
1 c buckwheat flour
3-4 c all-purpose or bread flour
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dried basil
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp powdered sage

Put warm water in a large bowl, and add sugar, stir until dissolved. Add the yeast next, and wait a few minutes for the yeast to dissolve.

Next, stir in one cup of wheat flour and one cup of bread flour, the olive oil, and the herbs. Mix all this together, adding more flour as needed. The mixture should be somewhat stretchy, and not stick to your hands.

Transfer the bread dough to an oiled, covered bowl, and put in a warm place.

Let rise for one hour, then punch down and transfer to an oiled bread pan. Let rise for another hour, and put in an oven preheated to 450. Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven to 350 degrees. Bake for another 30 minutes, remove from the oven, and let sit for 20 minutes before cutting to serve.

Posts of MoFos Past
2008: Anatomy of a Freezer
2010: Red Jasmine Thai, Roanoke

5 Responses to “Monday Archive: Hostel Bread”
  1. Helen says:

    Oh my, this looks delicious. My cousin and I have been dreaming of spending a few nights at Hostel in the Forest for a while now, so I think their bread will have to do for now! I support your use of buckwheat flour instead of whole wheat — it’s a lovely color — and applaud your creative pan substitution!

  2. Mandee says:

    I am having major bread cravings now, they looks awesome and I love your pyrex dish too!

  3. Vanessa says:

    This bread looks amazing! I love RVA.

  4. Renae says:

    Love the Pyrex! You must be exhausted; I hope your renovations don’t take you too much longer. Are you taking before and after shots you can share with us when you are all done? I love old houses so much, but I don’t know if I have what it takes to do all that work. Also, your bread looks great – I like the buckwheat idea.

    • Jes says:

      Before & after pics will come when we’re closer to the “after” phase :) We finish sanding all the woodwork by Friday, then we have to wash every single wall & floor & etc in the house, and then, on Sunday, start the massive amounts of primer & painting. Then our part is done for awhile! Hooray!

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