Virtuous Bread is about more than bread. It is about the power of food to effect positive social change. It is about community. It is about working together to make a better world.
I originally posted this recipe as part of a series when people from various were banned by Donald Trump from entering the USA. I called it the Banned Bun series.
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- scale, bowl, baking tray lined with non stick parchment.
- 600 g Whole wheat or spelt flour you can use white wheat or a mixture if you like
- Pinch Yeast Any kind
- 12 g Salt
- 50 g Olive oil
- 500 g Water
Optional extras include a little handful of some of these
- Chopped olives, chopped spring onions, crumbled feta cheese, crumbled goat cheese, chopped fresh herbs
You can also consider a spoonful of any of these
- Ground coriander, ground cumin, za'ataar, paprika, smoked paprika
- If you wanted it to be sweet rather than savoury, you may want to add a handful of chopped dates and a spoonful of pomegranate molasses or date syrup
- The night before you want the buns, mix all the ingredients together in a big bowl and cover with cling film. Pop the bowl in the fridge and let it sit there overnight.
- In the morning, remove the dough from the fridge and gently scrape it out of the bowl onto a floury surface. Divide it into 16 pieces. Flour your hands and shape each piece into bun. Use a scraper to place each bun on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
- Cover and let rise for one hour.
- Heat the oven to 220 degrees C and pop the buns in when it's up to temperature.
- Bake for 20 minutes and then remove them and place them on a wire rack to cool.
- Enjoy them in the company of strangers in need.