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Food: bread

(My first loaf)

Food: bread:

I thought I’d start with a staple – Bread. I live in France, so I have good bread on every corner and it comes from the locals, but for all of you in England (and I guess elsewhere), this is a luxury you don’t have access to.  A big part of cooking and baking, besides an oven, is taking time. Hammam was discussing this in his comments, and I feel that taking time to bake (like taking time to read a poem), is a nugget of ‘action’/’praxis’.

Bread recipes are super easy to come by and I’ve inculded a recipe at the bottom for good measure.

Anyway, I won’t rant – it’s just bread.


RECIPE FOR – “Dee’s Health Bread”



  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 7 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup flax seed
  • 1/4 cup cracked wheat
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups bread flour


  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water. In a large bowl, mix remaining 3 1/2 cups warm water, honey, molasses, oil, eggs and lemon juice. Mix well. Add yeast mixture and stir.
  2. Gradually add 5 cups whole wheat flour beating well after each addition. Add the flax, cracked wheat and sunflower seeds, stir well.
  3. Let stand for 20 minutes, until mixture is very light. Stir in salt and the rest of the flours until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Knead 10 to 15 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Put into a greased bowl and cover, let rise in the oven with light on until doubled, about 1 hour.
  5. Punch down and shape into 6 round balls. Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Form into loaves and let rise covered in oven until doubled. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) 25-35 minutes.

Nutritional Information open nutritional information

Amount Per Serving Calories: 97 | Total Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 6mg

Nutritional Information
Dee’s Health Bread

Servings Per Recipe: 72

Amount Per Serving

Calories: 97

  • Total Fat: 2.5g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
  • Sodium: 133mg
  • Total Carbs: 16.7g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 3.1g

Powered by: ESHA Nutrient Database


3 responses »

  1. I love the idea of taking the time to bake bread as being a practical thing to do – founding a non-capitalist temporality. It breaks new ground in the attempt to broaden the scope of ‘political struggle’. We can’t always (if ever) be building barricades. Things like this could help us move beyond the romantic sweet-nothings of ’68.

  2. Are you going to make some bread then Dan?

  3. If I had an oven, I might even think about it.


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