Again, I was visiting http://www.downtoearthforums.com/ and became inspired to make one. The embroidery threads I had in a bag that belonged to my nana, and the fabric I found in the drawer, bought to make cushions but never made it that far.
The stitchery was quick and fun to do, and the bag itself only took about half an hour to whip up. The proof of the bag will be in the bench test, that is, how long it sits on the kitchen bench with fresh bread in it..
My pictured bread used the following ingredients:
700g or therabouts strong white flour
200g or so of wholemeal flour
50g rye flour a handful of mixed grains
2 tsp salt
4 tsp dried yeast
a good drizzle of honey (I do like a sweet loaf!)
As with pizza dough, I just mix all the dry ingredients together, including the yeast, then add the water slowly, mixing until a dough consistency is reached. The honey is also added at this stage. Knead well on a floured bench for 10-15 mins until the dough springs back when pressed. Place into an oiled boil and roll to coat dough with oil, cover with plastic wrap and prove for 1 1/2 - 2 hours. Punch down and shape into two loaves, place into greased and semollina'd (a word?) loaf tins and allow to rise for another 45 mins or so. Preheat oven to hot 220C and place a shallow baking dish of water in the bottom of the oven. Sprinkle seeds on top (I used a kaipseed mix from the health food shop) and slash tops of loaves with a sharp knife. Reduce heat to 200C when placing pans in the oven. Bake loaves for 20 mins, then rotate pans, and bake for a further 20-25 mins. A light misting with a water bottle in the first 5 mins of baking will help your loaf 'spring' out of the tin.