Remember in Kindergarten when you learned all about the five senses?!!   The traditional five senses are taste, smell, sight, touch and hearing, a classification attributed to Aristotle.  I don’t remember the Aristotle part from my Kindergarten teacher but I do remember drinking milk from glass bottles and playing in the class kitchen.

I recently read that humans are considered to have several additional senses that include:

nociception (pain)

equilibrioception (balance)

proprioception (movement)

kinaesthesia (joint motion and acceleration)

sense of time

thermoception (temperature differences)

and possibly an additional weak magnetoception (direction)

Clearly magnetoception is a sense I need to cultivate as I have no sense of direction.  These additional senses are fascinating, right?

Well we are kicking off the week immersing in the sense of taste by baking bread!  I honestly can not remember the last time I made bread.  I know my yeast packets were outdated and had to be tossed and new ones were required for this project.  Pathetic? Yes, I know.  I assembled my supplies (the wine was simply for confidence).

Honey Grain Bread

2 packages active dry yeast

1 3/4 cup lukewarm water

3/4 cup evaporated milk

1/4 cup honey

2 tablespoons oil

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

4-5 cups flour

2 cups whole wheat floor

1/2 cup wheat germ

Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl.  Stir in milk, honey, oil, salt (dash), 4 cups flour, 2 cups whole wheat flour, wheat germ, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds.

Knead dough.  Add additional flour as needed until dough is elastic and smooth.  Place dough in oiled bowl and let rise 90 minutes. Punch down, divide in half and place in two bread pans (makes two loafs).  Let rise an additional 45 minutes.  Brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds and bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Bonus: we are enjoying the lovely smell as well as the taste of this bread.  Tune in tomorrow as we officially honor thy sense of smell.