Overlooked. Underestimated. Blindsided. Breakfast deserves better don’t you think?
I mean, I am a huge supporter of pancakes for dinner, wrapped in a cosy thick robe in front of the TV with everyone out of the house. BUT, how can that possibly compare to eating pancakes while the morning sun is streaming down your back and naturally keeping the pancakes warm while the birds are talking to you Cinderella style? (also known as chirping)
I am just saying, being in school, I see a lot of people skipping breakfast regularly, though especially on test days because they were studying or because they slept at 3, woke up at 8 and were going to be late.
Golden rule #1: Food comes first. You are going to be late to school? Be late in style. Come in 5 minutes late or 15 minutes, the tardy is a tardy right? At least in that 10 minutes you won’t stagger into your admin office with your stomach growling, your tie askew and your hair… well… let’s not go there shall we?
Skipping breakfast means their brains don’t function properly; they have nothing sustaining them, only sleep and honestly, how adrenaline rushing can maths be? It is not. At all. So when the teacher sneaks up on you as you dream and drops a maths book in front of your face, the shock may give you a slight case of whiplash – yikes :S
You know what else skipping breakfast does? It helps make you fat and as seniors with exams at every turn, you do not want something adding to the pudginess that comes from sitting down! I don’t know the technicalities, do I look like a doctor to you? I do however know it affects your metabolism and that in turn, affects weight loss… why skip the tasty meal and still gain weight??
Golden rule #2: Breakfast rocks. Why so many people forget about it, purposefully or ‘because of circumstance’, is totally beyond me!
To get some incentive, eat some bread. Some nice, wholesome bread full of delicious ingredients that will keep you going. Tasty, soft bread with butter and jam. Life offering you up a delicious necessity – what else could you possibly want?
I did change this recipe because some issues. One, the yeast needs way more time to foam than 5-6 minutes meaning mine was not fluffy enough so as soon as you get in that kitchen, foam it up baby!
Two, because wholemeal flour is a little rougher than plain flour (lack of processing), I would add an additional couple of tbs of milk to soften the whole bread. But yeah, anyhow all changes are in bold :)
Now go eat breakfast!
Four Seed Bread
Source: Mastering The Art Of Baking
Makes: 20cm diameter loaf
- 500g wholemeal flour
- 1 ½ tsp salt
- 350ml lukewarm water
- 7g dried yeast
- 1 tbs honey
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1-2 tbs full cream milk
- 1 ½ tbs poppy seeds
- 1 ½ tbs linseeds
- 2 tbs sunflower seeds
- ¼ cup sesame seeds
*Use any seed combo you want
- Sift the flour and salt into the large bowl
- Place 50ml of the lukewarm water in a small bowl, add the yeast and stir to dissolve
- Set aside for 10-15 minutes or until foamy
- Add the yeast mixture to the flour with the honey, oil, milk and remaining lukewarm water and use a wooden spoon to mix until a rough dough forms. Stir through the seeds
- Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead for 5 minutes or until smooth and elastic (wet your fingers time to time if necessary) – be sure to distribute the seeds
- Shape the dough into a ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat in the oil
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm, draught free place for 45 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size
- Knock back the dough with one punch to expel air and then turn out onto a clean work surface
- Shape into a round diameter and place on a greased tray
- Cover the dough with a damp tea-towel and set aside in a warm, drought free area for 45 minutes or until it has doubled in size
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 220 degrees C
- Bake the bread for 10 minutes then turn to ensure even baking
- Bake for another 12-15 minutes or until the base sounds hollow
- Cool on the tray for 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool to room temperature