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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

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No Knead Bread

French Breakfast by Conscious by Chloé

Okay, I'm gonna say it right now just so you know I'm not totally delusional. This bread looks pretty sad! Uff, I said it, now we can move along.

French Breakfast by Conscious by Chloé

When I first thought about baking my own bread, I pictured myself kneading and kneading and kneading. One thing about me, my upper body is not my strongest asset (you should see me rock climbing, it's pathetic). So when I read this recipe title on one of my favorite blogs, I flipped.

French Breakfast by Conscious by Chloé

I first tried this recipe a loooong time ago (this details is important, you'll see), then forgot about it because there's a really good bakery in my neighborhood. But since I've gotten into homesteading, making food from scratch and since I had these packs of yeast gathering dust in my cupboard (see where I'm going here), I thought I would give it another go a couple days ago.

French Breakfast by Conscious by Chloé

The result isn't the best looking loaf, but it's still very tasty and perfect for my favorite kind of breakfast: Hot chocolate + OJ + butter & honey tartines. I'll keep going until I run out of yeast and I finally get to making my own sourdough (I've had my eye on this workshop at People's Coop in SE Portland.)

French Breakfast by Conscious by Chloé

On a side note, as you might have noticed, I've decided to collaborate more with local makers and friends here on the blog. So, a couple weeks ago, I asked my friend Erika, of Portland Apron Company, if I could borrow one of her beautifully and consciously made pinafores (which you've already seen in my shop).

Here's my take on the recipe, with the basic tools I already had at home, plus an alternative one.

No Knead Bread Recipe by Conscious by Chloé


NO KNEAD BREAD

This is pretty much the easiest bread recipe on the Internet. Try it, you won't be sorry!

Yield: 1 loaf
Active time: 20 min
Total time:

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, yeast and salt.
  2. Add the water and mix until it forms your dough. You can either use a regular whisk, a dough whisk, a wooden spoon or put all the ingredients in a Kitchen Aid if you're lazy like me.
  3. Gently mix until all the dry ingredients are combined and then cover the preparation with reusable food wrap and let the dough rise for 12-18 hours.
  4. Remove the food wrap and place it on your work surface. Heavily flour it, place your dough in the center and form a big ball, heavily floured.
  5. Cover it with another piece of reusable food wrap again and let it sit an additional 1-2 hours. When your dough has thirty minutes left of this rising period, pre-heat your oven to 450°F and place your Dutch oven with a heat safe knob inside to heat up
  6. After 30 minutes, carefully take your very hot pot out of the oven and place your dough inside (do not grease the bottom of your pot, it will smoke). Cover with the lid and bake for 30 minutes.
  7. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and let bake an additional 15 minutes uncovered.
  8. Remove the pot from oven and place the loaf of bread onto a cooling rack for a few minutes or just cut right into it and enjoy a slice while the bread is still warm.

Notes

I like to keep my bread in a cupboard, wrapped in a kitchen towel to keep it from drying. If I know I will not be eating all of it in the coming days, I just slice it and keep it in the freezer in a cloth bag.


This post was inspired by a recipe published by James Kicinski-McCoy. I'm thinking about baking bread once a week, perfecting this recipe and trying others along the way. If you have recipes to share, please do! Oh and if you try this one, I'd love to see the result. Please tag @consciousxchloe if you post pictures on Instagram!

Soy Candle DIY

Soy Candle DIY with Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop by Conscious by Chloé

I met Jessica Pezalla a year and a half ago when I attended one of her shibori dyeing workshops and we've kept in touch ever since.

We like to meet up once once in a while, to attend an event, to share a cup of tea or to brainstorm and discuss future creative endeavors. The last time we met was at a friend's studio tour. There, Jessica mentioned that she was planning on making bath salts as gifts for her family, and I mentioned that I've been wanted to make more candles ever since I had taken a class a couple weeks ago. She was interested in the project too, so we decided to do this together and set a date.

Soy Candle DIY with Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop by Conscious by Chloé

We did a little research, figured out what tools we needed, went shopping for supplies and met up at her studio for our little collaboration on a very cold December day.

The day before, Jessica had been foraging wicks and trims. So while we were waiting for the wax to melt, she taught me how to make a wreath (no picture was taken, I am not super proud of my oval shaped creation).

Soy Candle DIY with Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop by Conscious by Chloé

This is what I love about Jessica, her ability to create. I admire the work she does for her studio, Bramble Workshop, from papier mâché icebergs to flower mandalas. Oh and did I mention that she's the owner of Hazel, the most well-behaved and the sweetest dog I've ever seen?

The afternoon flew by and by the time I went back home, the streets were covered by a thick blanket of snow. As soon as I arrived home, I started baking the bread I had left rising all night long, attached the wreath to my door, turned on the fireplace for your home series on Netflix for a cozy night at home and patiently waited for my candles to cool down until the next day.

Soy Candle DIY with Jessica Pezalla of Bramble Workshop by Conscious by Chloé


SOY CANDLE DIY

Candles are the perfect hostess gift, stocking stuffer and are very easy to make. The hardest part is to decide on a scent. There are so many to chose from!

Active time: 1 hr
Total time: 15 hrs

Supplies

Tools

Instructions

  1. Melt the wax.
    Fill the pot with wax flakes and place it on the hot plate or double boiler. Heat the wax to 185 F. It is also a good idea to pre-heat the containers in which you will pour your candles to about 125 F to keep the wax from pulling away from the sides.
  2. Add scents.
    Remove the pot from the heat, add your fragrance and stir well. If you keep your pot on the heat source when adding your fragrance, it will evaporate out of the wax.
  3. Glue and center the wicks.
    While the mixture is cooling, place a glue dot on the bottom of each container and stick a wick at the center.
  4. Pour the candle.
    When the mixture temperature cools to 135 F, pour the wax into the containers.
  5. Center the wicks.
    Place a wick centering bar on the top of each container and pull the wick into the opening. It will keep the wick straight and centered while the candle is cooling.
  6. Let the candle cool down.
    Let the candles cool at room temperature overnight before first lighting them up.
  7. Trim the wicks.
    Trim the wick to 1/4 in. before lighting.
  8. Light your candles.
    Be aware that candles have memory. So the first time your light your candle, make sure that the wax melts all the way to the edge to prevent tunneling.

Notes

Scent-wise, the options are limitless. For this batch of candles, I used a fragrance/essential oil blend (the flashpoint is indicated on the bottles) and Jessica used essential oils. Whatever you chose, remember that not all essential oils are safe for burning, so read the labels carefully.
As for containers, I also used some Bonne Maman jam containers and a ceramic cup that I collected from the "messed up shelf" at my ceramics studio (#reuse).


My favorite fragrances are sandalwood, palo santo, birch... All the scents that remind me of an evening by the campfire in the middle of the forest. What about you? What are your favorite scents?