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Post midterm relaxation, also known as bread baking, is a tasty and theraputic way to spend a lunch break. Bread can be surprisingly simple to make. Flour, water, yeast, a wee bit of sugar to feed the yeast, and a wee bit of salt for flavor. These simple ingredients can make good bread.

How to make bread with your roommate and juggle classes at the same time:

1. Combine 2 cups all purpose flour and 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast in a bowl.

2. Warm 1 3/4 cups water, 3 Tbst butter, 2 Tbst honey, and a little sugar until the butter is almost melted.

3. Pour warm water into flour, stir and add 2 cups wheat flour.

4. Turn dough onto well floured counter and knead in as much all purpouse flour as you can (we got in another 1/4 cup, but the recipe called for up to another cup).

5. Put dough back into the bowl, cover and place somewhere warm to rise.

This process takes less than 20 minutes. Unless you’re really bad at kneading, like I am, and then it might take 25 minutes. Now go to class for 2 hours. When you get back, the dough should have doubled in size.

6. Punch down the giant dough. (Not too hard!)

7. Divide the dough into as many loaves/rolls/anyshapes that you want, then cover and place back in the warm place.

This is when you go for a 40 minute run.

8. Bake loave/rolls/anyshapes for 35 minutes (this is for 2 loaves…adjust according to how many pieces you divided the dough into) in a 375F oven. (If you’re lazy and don’t preheat your oven bake your bread for a little longer.)

If you run slow, your roommate will have already started this and you can come home and be tempted to peek at the baking bread while enjoying the wafting scent of fresh b

9. The bread is done when knocking on the bottom of the loaf results in a hollow sound. (Of course, if you try to do this when the bread is still hot you’ll burn you knuckles, but it’s the best way to tell for sure if the bread is done.)

Tada! Fresh homemade bread. Good with honey, jam, Nutella, quark (this really delicious spready cheese we got at the farmer’s market), hummus, bologna, etc.

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