John and Jan's Hippie Bread
OK, I know you're out there. Maybe those Birks are getting dusty or they're hidden in the closet along with your beaded vest and shrunken tie-dye, but you're really hankerin' for some good ol' fashioned hippie bread. Just like the kind you used to eat while working on your macrame choker and groovin' to Cat Stevens before he became public enemy number one. Here you go.
A friend of mine was looking for something all-too-healthy, and I came up with this recipe. It is primarily whole wheat with buckwheat flour, flax seeds, toasted almonds, and other goodies. It's not exactly airy like ciabatta, but it sure has a lot of flavor. Plus, if you need to, you can put some loaves over your wheels in the bed of your truck in the wintertime to get some extra traction. I've tried a few different shapes, and the boule seems to help the loaf out the most because you can give it some height in the shaping for a boost of confidence in the proofing stage. Try it out and hope you like it! This is a link to the recipe in PDF format.
PS, I'm about 2 weeks from finishing a couple of instructional DVDs. If you're interested, I can email you when they're ready, or you can stay tuned here since I'll be posting about it on TFL when they're done.