What does ‘versatile‘ mean? To be able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities. It could be a definition of a humble loaf of bread and the activity of making it. Capable of doing many things competently…Having varied uses or serving many functions….variable or inconstant; changeable: a versatile temperament… Being capable of moving freely in all directions (of life), just like the antenna of an insect, the toe of an owl, or the loosely attached anther of a flower, is an act Mother Nature gives to all her living children, human, animal, plant..to survive. a loaf of bread indeed carries all these characteristic, with an added extra: it is a whole new worldful of fun…
Making and giving people a taste of home made bread is one of the truly meaningful, traditional pleasures of life. I wish I could offer a real taste of bread to all of those kind readers who visit, read and try my recipes, like dear Ada, I need a feed!, who actually defined me as versatile, The lesson of the Cherry Blossom, The other cooking blog, Saigon Cinnamon, A spoonful of Style, BakewithmeBlog, Miss Marzipan, Because Baking Makes me Happy, The Healthy Epicurean, Pearls and Rose, Peabutbutter and Onion, Urban Bakes, My Baking Empire, Bake affairs, Cupcake artist, Laura’s Mess….
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I imagine to share bread with like minded people. Wine Blessing…Bread Sharing….Water Ritual…Sharing basic food during a ceremony is important in many historic traditions. Like the Eucharist in the Catholic tradition, other Christian customs also share a small piece of bread or a small amount of grape juice or even a small sugar cube during ceremonies. These rituals represent the goodness of the earth. The Christian tradition of sharing of bread represents both the body of Christ as well as the wish that all the people’s basic needs will be fulfilled, with old-fashioned blessing over the bread recited, being followed by an immediate meal. In many cultures bread, salt and water are considered not only essential nourishment but also sacred. God supplied the Israelites with bread in the form of manna. That is why the bread is also a symbol of the “Shechina”, the presence of God’s female essence among people as spiritual cleansing agents.
These pumpkin bread is perfect for both slicing or tearing share. This bread – just like me -is soft, has a statement, loves autumn, colourful, unusual, unconventional and it is very versatile.
To make this bread, mix 250 g white bread flour, 250 g brown flour, 320 ml water, 40 g pork lard, 25 g fresh yeast, 10 g of salt and 100-200 g grated fresh pumpkin. Once roughly mixed, knead on oiled surface until smooth and elastic. Place in an oiled bowl and rest for 1 hour. Knock the dough back, shape it and place it on lined baking sheet. Let it rise for 20 minutes. Bake in 220 degrees C oven until sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Cool on a wire rack.
Sharing the Bread Ceremony, saying a prayer or doing some ritual before “breaking bread” is common in many traditions as a way of thanking the Creator for sustaining our lives.