Bread baking for healthy anarchists

The more we take power away from government, corporations, and other outsiders, the more that our folk and community can benefit.  To remember traditional skills such as bread baking is to take power back into our own hands, and away from the over-specialised modern world.  We can bake delicious bread from 100% whole wheat flour, not having our food nutritionally watered down to satisfy ‘artisan’ and consumer pretensions about what bread should be.

Anyway, here’s the recipe.  It requires a bit of time, to develop flavour and a longer keeping quality, but it requires no kneading, and minimal effort.  This makes 2 big loaves, which I bake on a pizza stone.  The recipe can easily be halved, the dough can also be refrigerated for up to two weeks at any stage of the recipe.

Equipment needed:
1 bowl or bucket with a lid or cover, to hold at least 5 litres.
1 tough metal spoon
1 pizza stone or baking tray, or 2 loaf tins
bread knife
pastry brush and small bowl (optional)

Ingredients (for two loaves):
5 cups water
9 cups wholemeal wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon dry active or instant yeast
2 teaspoons salt

Time: roughly 36 hours

Day 1:
1 cup water
about 1/4 teaspoon of dry active yeast
1 cup wholemeal wheat flour

mix together and leave for 8-20 hours, around 12 hours works best.

~8-20 hours later, mix in:
2 cups water
3 cups wholemeal wheat flour

Day 2
~8-20 hours later, thoroughly mix in:
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups water
5 cups wholemeal wheat flour

leave for 8-20 hours, then cook.

Preheat the oven with a pizza stone in it to 200-240c depending on how hot your oven is.  Shape the loaves, I usually add a handful each of sultanas, currants and almonds and a tablespoon of barley malt syrup or sugar to one of them by spreading the dough into a flat rectangle, then rolling it up with the fruit and syrup in it.  Coat the loaves in seeds or cornmeal, then slash the top of the loaves about half a cm deep with a bread knife and put on the pizza stone.  Brush with hot water, then bake for about 40-45 minutes, brushing with water every 5-10 minutes, it makes the crust a bit better but isn’t essential.


1 Comment

  1. It is big capital and its political bedfellow, western bourgeois liberalism, that today disseminate the idea of an Economic New World Order (the dialectical evolution of 19th Century bourgeois capitalism) giving free reign to multinational corporations, financiers and banks, to plunder the resources of the world’s cultural landscapes without any restraints placed upon them by sovereign peoples and their laws.

    The drive towards this New World Order is advanced colonialism in its most insidious form. Where, in the past, colonial conquerors first had to overthrow by force, disease and trickery, today, it is the culture and resources of entire nations and regions they seek to overthrow, with the assistance of advanced technology and the mass media. The alliance between big capital and western bourgeois liberalism includes all Labor Parties and Unions and the great majority of moderate left and right wing political organizations.

    Where this liberalism has been imposed, sanctioned and controlled by elites (of the UN, the Unelected European Union and successive European and US governments) there inevitably follows a wave of exploitation ( financial and industrial) that not only depletes the resources of regional peoples but attacks the root of their culture, implemented with legal force, political subterfuge and arrogant certitude, the goal being the biological and economic leveling of all cultures towards the single monoculture of the ‘world consumer’.

    Both multiculturalism, rigorously defended by the extreme left, and the opposing doctrines of nationalism, rigorously defended by the extreme right, serve these controlling interests. The right, being just as stupid by nature as the left, and a little less informed, have swallowed the bait, their campaigns of obnoxious racist diatribe calling for an end to immigration based on racist stereotypes bound up with hateful notions superiority and inferiority, that are repugnant to decent people whose natural inclination is to then turn towards the main stream bourgeois liberal political parties for ‘just’ policies, which, on the surface, at least, do not appear to discriminate against people on the basis of race or culture, but are designed, in the long term, to bring about the entire destruction of their culture – of all culture – and to replace it with an unbridled global financial and industrial complex totally unfettered by national boundaries and law.

    Yours respectfully,

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