Today, probably as many of you, I felt the need to do something normal to forget that the world can be a shitty place. Creating something, especially food, with my hands helps me to foster hope, with busy hands it's easier to fight fear. I made common bread, bread with walnuts and dried grapes, ciabatte and arab bread. I'll post all the recipes in the next days, promised. Since I am a bit tired I'm posting only about the bread with walnuts and dried grapes. The recipe is the same as for the common bread and you find it here. The difference is that to the ingredients you add a couple of teaspoons of honey and, once you have started kneading, you can add 250gr of dried grapes (already lsoaked in hot water, then squeezed and dried with a towel) and some roughly cut walnuts. Let it rest in a warm place for 2 hours and a half. Then form three boulages carefully folding the pieces of dough on themselves and let them rest on a wooden surface for 15/30 minutes till they relax. Folding again the boulages give them the final form. Let them rest in a warm place covered with a plastic sheet for an hour then take away the sheet and turn on the oven putting inside a bowl of water. After another half an hour cut the bread and cook it for 30 minutes at 230ºC and then lower the temperature at 180ºC for other 15 minutes. And this is it. It's one of my favourite comfort foods, I usually slice the loaves and freeze the surplus so it's ready for when I need it.
Wishing peace for everyone.