One luxury of living with authentically Danish roommates is not only their excitement to learn about my own customs and American tendencies, but also their generosity in sharing with me the lessons and histories of their own European upbringing…Each day when I come home, we greet each other with endearing terms, switching between English, French & Danish and continue on to share the happenings of our day and discuss dinner plans… Just yesterday I came home to the smell of fresh dough, rising to the heavens, and thus began the breaded blogging…

This recipe for Mor’s Brød(Mom’s Bread) produces, without a doubt, the most delectable loaf of homemade bread you have ever tasted. I say this in confidence, you will never purchase store bought bread again…Let the rising ensue!

In your favorite ceramic bowl, combine a half packet of yeast, 1 teaspoon of salt, a dash of Olive Oil, and a splash of room temperature water. Mix the ingredients together until the salt begins to dissolve… Next up using a wooden spoon, alternate adding equal portions of all purpose flour, and room temperature water, mixing until you have used up a total of 9 1/2 cups of flour, and 3 cups of water and your arms become un peu fatigué. Finally, mix in your choice of ‘add-ins’. My roomie used sunflower seeds, which I found divine, but you may also experiment with oats, flaxseed, and wheatgerm among others…Knead dough for 3-5 minutes until it has reached your desired consistency, and then cover with a cloth and let rise for about 4 hours, or even overnight. Be sure to keep your bowl of heaven in a warm place to help with the rising process…

After your dough has risen a hearty amount, pause to appreciate the simplistic beauty of this 6 ingredient wonder…and then decide how you would like to prepare your loaves. This recipe leaves enough for one big loaf, surrounded by 6 or 7 small rolls, but feel free to play around and see what you can come up with…

Alas, you have prepared your dough, let it rise, and divided it up into its respective loaf potential…Now its time for the baking! Prepare your oven to 440 degrees fahrenheit, your baking sheet with parchment paper, and bake with a watchful eye until golden brown, usually around 30 minutes depending on the size of your loaf. When you remove your creation, place it onto a wire rack on the countertop until ready to eat, or at least 10 minutes to cool before storing.

If you have been anticipating the taste as much as I do just recounting the recipe, you will do like me and cut yourself a nice, big, rewarding slice, slather it with a generous amount of butter, and savor the taste of breaded perfection.

To all of my fellow baker’s, Bon Appetite! ~p.e.