Homemade Bread Recipe

Homemade bread

 

Homemade Bread

 

Since learning how to make my own bread, I rarely buy shop bought bread anymore. Homemade bread is so much healthier because of all the preservatives in shop bought. Once you perfect homemade bread, you won’t even miss shop bought. This recipe makes two loaves of bread. I like to make 1 loaf of bread and 8 breadbuns. We usually eat the breadbuns on the first day and eat the loaf on the second day. We do eat a lot of bread in our house. If you don’t think you can eat two lots of bread in two days, maybe wrap and freeze one for later use.

 

Homemade Bread Recipe

 

750g wholewheat bread flour

300g plain flour

7g active dried yeast

3tbsps olive oil

600ml lukewarm water

 

Put the flour and yeast in a large bowl and mix to combine. Add the oil and water. Mix roughly with a large spoon then knead for 10 mins, until the dough is soft, but still slightly sticky. Add more flour or water as needed. Form into a ball and coat with olive oil. Cover with a teatowel and leave in a warm place to rise, for about 2 hours. When the dough has doubled in size, divide into two equal pieces. Knead each piece again to remove all the air from the dough. Shape one half of the dough into a loaf shape and drop into a greased loaf tin or onto a greased baking tray. Divide the second half of dough into 8 pieces and roll each piece into a bun shape. Place onto a greased baking tray, leaving a gap in between each bun. Cover with the teatowel and leave to rise for a further 1 hour, until the dough has doubled in size again. Preheat the oven to 200C / GM6. Cook the bread for 30-40mins, until it is golden brown and the base sounds hollow when tapped. Leave the bread to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire cooling rack. Cover the bread with a clean teatowel whilst cooling to keep it soft.

 

Homemade bread recipe

 

Although I try not to use plastic in my house where possible, I do like to wrap my bread in plastic wrapping. I recycle an old bread wrapper that I have had for a while. It makes the bread really soft. I have yet to find a plastic free way of wrapping that doesn’t make the bread go hard. Let me know in the comments if you know of anything I can replace the plastic wrapper with, I would appreciate it.

 

Love from Adele

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Toddler Earflap Hat Crochet Pattern (1-2y)

Toddler Earflap Hat Free Crochet Pattern by Natural Vegan Mum

Crochet Toddler Earflap Hat

 

This is my absolutely favourite hat for my children to wear. All three of them have had hats like this, and though the older two won’t wear them anymore as they are now apparently far too old and cool, my baby still wears his every day and it keeps his ears and head lovely and warm. We have not had snow in Shrewsbury like a lot of places have, but it has still been icy most mornings, really windy and absolutely freezing, so I like knowing that he is warm enough on our early morning school runs. I find that earflap hats stay on his head a lot better than beanie hats, and they also fit for a lot longer, which is definitely a win win.

 

This hat is to fit up to a 19″ head circumference, which is approximately age 1-2 years. It is always preferable to work to head circumference rather than age, if you want to ensure a good fit. Length can be added or taken off as needed, but I find this length to be a perfect fit for my baby. Adjust as needed to fit your child. This hat can easily be made bigger in circumference by using a larger crochet hook or a heavier weight of yarn. Just work your initial increases until you have the diameter you need, and then work your length until you have the measurements you need. Bear in mind that you want the hat to be a snug fit the first few times you put it on. It will stretch with wear and you don’t want it to be too big after a few weeks.

 

Toddler Crochet Earflap Hat

 

Toddler Earflap Hat Crochet Pattern (1-2y)

 

You will need:

50g double knit yarn (I like to use two different colours for contrast so used 25g each)

7mm hook (or whichever hook size is required to match gauge)

scissors

yarn needle

 

Gauge:

At the end of row 4, the circle should measure between 5.4″ and 5.7″ in diameter. At the end of row 10, the hat should measure 6.5″ in length.

 

Note: Despite being British, I crochet using American terminology so please bear that in mind when following this pattern.

ch = chain

dc = double crochet

slst = slip stitch

st = stitch

wsf = wrong side facing

sc = single crochet

sc2tog = single crochet two together

 

Hat:

1. using two strands of yarn held together, make a magic loop, ch2 and work 10dcs in loop, join with slst in 1st dc, pull tail to tighten (10)

2. ch2, turn, 2dcs in each st across, join with slst in 1st dc (20)

3. ch2, turn, *2dcs in next st, dc in next st*, repeat to end, join with slst in 1st dc (30)

4. ch2, turn, *2dcs in next st, dc in next 2sts*, repeat to end, join with slst in 1st dc (40)

5-9. ch2, turn, dc in st at base of ch, then each st around, join with slst in top of 1st dc (40)

10. ch2, turn, dc in st at base of ch, then each st around, join with slst in top of 1st dc, bind off and weave in ends (40)

 

Earflaps:

1. with wsf, count forward 7sts from bind off, join yarn, ch1, sc in same st and next 8sts (9)

2. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in 5sts, sc2tog (7)

3. ch1, turn, sc in each st across (7)

4. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in 3sts, sc2tog (5)

5. ch1, turn, sc in each st across (5)

6. ch1, turn, sc2tog, sc in 1st, sc2tog (3)

7. ch1, turn, sc in each st across, bind off (3)

8. with wsf, count back 14sts from bind off, join yarn, ch1, sc in same st and next 8sts (9)

9-14. repeat rows 2-7

 

Trim:

1. with wsf, join yarn at bind off, ch1, sc in same st and in next 6sts, work 6scs up side of first earflap, sc in next 2sts, ch30, slst in 2nd ch from hook and across, work a second sc in the middle st of the first earflap, sc in last st, work 6scs down side of first earflap, sc in next 13sts, work 6scs up side of second earflap, sc in next 2sts, ch30, slst in 2nd ch from hook and across, work a second sc in the middle st of the second earflap, sc in last st, work 6scs down side of second earflap, sc in next 6sts, join with slst in 1st sc, bind off and weave in ends

 

Crochet Earflap Hat Free Pattern Toddler Size

 

I hope you enjoyed this pattern, let me know if you use it! I would love to see your creation.

 

Love from Adele

My 2019 Reading Challenge

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My 2019 Reading Challenge

 

Before I had my children, I loved nothing more than being laid in my bed, reading a book and eating chocolate. I spent most of my childhood and teenage years doing exactly that! I was a regular in my local library and there was not a Famous Five or Point Horror book that I didn’t read. Since having my first child, I have noticed that I do not find the time to read anywhere near as much as I once did, and I really miss it. I recently downloaded the Kindle app for my mobile phone, and while it is nowhere near as good as being laid in bed with a book and chocolate, I am happy to be able to read again, even if it is only 10 minutes at a time.

 

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I have decided to challenge myself to read 20 books this year, and to let all of you know what I thought of them. I would love to hear back from you about books you’ve read that you think I should read. I will read mostly anything but I really enjoy apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction. In the past, I have spent a lot of time reading memoirs of wartime Liverpool that my nan-in-law passed down to me. In fact, she passed me so many down that I have a bookcase full of them. I am looking forward to reading lots of new books this year! You can follow my challenge here.

 

Let me know your favourite books so I can add them to my ‘to read’ list.

 

Love from Adele

 

 

Apple and Walnut Cake Recipe {VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE}

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Apple and Walnut Cake {Vegan and Gluten Free}

 

This is one of those recipes that I do not make very often, but when I do make it, I wonder why I do not make it more. Late last night, I found myself with a craving for cake, so I decided to make one to have for breakfast this morning. It is vegan, gluten free and covered in apples and walnuts (and sugar but shh), it is probably one of the healthier cakes you can eat so I did not feel guilty serving it to my family for breakfast this morning. Everyone really enjoyed cake for breakfast and it is definitely something we will be doing again.

 

Apple and Walnut Cake Recipe

 

340g gluten free self raising flour

225g demerara sugar

1tsp baking powder

125ml coconut oil, melted

1tsp vanilla extract

almond milk

Topping:

1 x apple, grated

handful walnuts, chopped

brown sugar

 

Preheat the oven to 180C. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, sugar and baking powder. Add the oil, vanilla extract and enough milk to make a thick pancake-like batter. Pour into a greased cake tin and top with the grated apple, chopped walnuts and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Bake for 20-40mins, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Remove from the tin and leave to cool. You can then add frosting if you like but we found it sweet enough without, especially for breakfast.

 

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Would you eat cake for breakfast? Surely I’m not the only one!

 

Love from Adele

Planning My 2019 Vegetable Patio Garden

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Planning My 2019 Vegetable Patio Garden

 

I know it is still a little bit early to be thinking about my 2019 vegetable patio garden, but honestly I was itching to get started so I decided to use my excitement constructively and make a plan of what I want to grow, and where I will be growing it. I only have a very small patio on which to grow all of our vegetables, so a plan is necessary to make sure I am optimising my space as much as possible. I have three children, a home to look after and my own business to run, so I need to make sure that any vegetables I plant can be grown quickly, easily and with the least amount of fuss. This is not my first time growing vegetables but I am definitely no expert, so I will be learning a lot as I go along. I find that the vegetables we eat most throughout the year are potatoes, carrots, onions, tomatoes, celery and salad leaves. Some of these I have grown before and some are new to me. I am going to try and grow all of them, aswell as a few other vegetables that I have not tried growing before. I am not sure how well we will do, but any food that I can grow is food that we do not have to buy, which is a definite win! It will also cut down on the amount of plastic that goes through the house when buying shop bought vegetables.

 

2019 vegetable patio garden plan

 

My Vegetable Patio Garden

 

The little area I have to grow my vegetables on is approximately 60×80″ and I plan on using as much of that at one time as possible. I have worked out that I can comfortably fit thirty six 10″ plant pots and three 20″ plant pots on my patio. I will be growing a few things in the house aswell, like salad leaves and maybe spinach. Last time I grew those two vegetables outside, I did not get much of a return because the snails and caterpillars ate most of them! I tend to use salad leaves and spinach every day at least once, so it makes sense to have them easily to hand anyway. If they do not seem to be thriving indoors, I will have to reconsider but for now, I am planning on having them in the house. I am going to start a lot of my seedlings off in the house, a few weeks earlier than suggested, to see if I can get a bit of a head start with them.

 

My 2019 Vegetable Patio Garden Planting Schedule

 

For the first half of the year, I have made a month by month checklist of what seeds I need to sow, when I need to sow them and how many seedlings I need. Some will be sown indoors in a seed tray, two seeds per cell and then I will thin out the weaker one. Some will be planted directly in their pots outside. The salad leaves and spinach will be planted directly into their pots indoors. I do not have a set time for harvesting as obviously all vegetables will be different. I will just harvest them when they look big enough. If I harvest a vegetable that is still in its growing season, I will replant. This will help me get as many vegetables as possible. I am planning on freezing any that we don’t manage to eat, for use throughout the year. When Autumn comes around, I will be planting more vegetables in the empty pots and I will share my plan for that closer to the time.

 

salad leaves january 2019

 

January:

  • salad leaves (this has already been planted directly into its pot and has a fair bit of growth on it)

February:

  • 3 x marigold seedlings
  • 1 x basil seedling
  • 3 x tomato seedlings
  • 4 x lavender seedlings
  • shallots (directly in pot)
  • spinach (directly in pot indoors)

March:

  • beetroot (directly in pot)
  • carrots (directly in pot)
  • 4 x pea seedlings
  • radish (directly in pot)
  • early potatoes (directly in pot)
  • salad leaves (directly in pot indoors)

April:

  • spinach (directly in pot indoors)
  • 3 x marigold seedlings
  • carrots (directly in pot)
  • maincrop potatoes (directly in pot)
  • 3 x tomato seedlings
  • 4 x leek seedlings
  • rosemary plant
  • parsley plant

May:

  • salad leaves (directly in pot indoors)
  • 3 x strawberry plants
  • 1 x cucumber seedling
  • 4 x kale seedlings
  • 2 x bean seedlings
  • carrots (directly in pot)

June:

  • beetroot (directly in pot)
  • spinach (directly in pot indoors)
  • 4 x pea seedlings
  • 4 x celery seedlings
  • radish (directly in pot)

July:

  • 4 x kale seedlings
  • 2 x bean seedlings
  • salad leaves (directly in pot indoors)

August:

  • beetroot (directly in pot)
  • radish (directly in pot)

 

Are you planning a vegetable garden this year? Did you plant anything last year that did well in a container? Let me know in the comments below and let’s get to know each other.

Love from Adele

Natural Vegan Mum

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Welcome to my new blog. Here I will be showing you how easy it is to live a more sustainable life. I will be sharing how I grow my own veg, make a lot of my family’s own clothes, try and be as low waste as possible and do my best to leave a better world behind for my children and their children. If you would like to see more, you can find me on Facebook, in my Facebook group, on Instagram or on my Youtube channel.

 

Love from Adele