Monday, October 15, 2012

Bread Therapy

What to do on a gloomy, rainy day?

Today we decided to make bread.
I usually just end up doing laundry but with the cooler weather baking is in order.



First thing-Grind the wheat into flour. I usually grind about 5 pounds at a time.  Enough to use for today and some to put in the freezer for later use. 

I have a Ktec wheat grinder. It sounds like an airplane taking off but it gets the job done.
I also have a Kitchen Aid which takes the work and time out of kneading the dough.

I would feel like a pioneer, if it wasn't for all of the gadgets that I have to make the job so much easier.

It can be the best therapy for a gloomy, rainy day.

I have a lot of bread recipes I use.
Here is one of our favorites.

Whole Wheat Bread

2 Cups warm water
2 Tablespoons Yeast
1/4 cup olive oil (can use canola or vegetable)
1/4 Cup Honey (can use less)
1 tsp. salt
5-6 cups flour

Combine water, honey and yeast in mixing bowl. Let sit for a few minutes. (I like to make sure the yeast proofs)
Add oil, 4 cups of flour, and salt.  Mix.  Add additional flour 1/2 cup at a time until the sides of bowl are clean.
Knead for 10 minutes.

Place the dough in bowl, that has been sprayed with oil. I turn the dough over so the top of the dough has oil on it. Cover the bowl (with towel or siran wrap)
Let rise until double. 

Punch down. 

Form dough into 2 loaves.
 Place into greased bread pans. 
Let rise 20 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes (until lightly browned)

*** I use mostly wheat flour but I do usually add at least one cup of white flour.
*** I usually double recipe and freeze loaves.



3 comments:

  1. We've just started making our own bread at home. I love the smell of it when it is baking and it is the perfect rainy day activity in the kitchen.

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    1. Bread Making is actually one of the "chores" I don't mind doing.
      Thank you for visiting!

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  2. I love homemade bread and should do it more often since I have a lot of gadgets too! However, I don't have a wheat grinder which sounds like fun. THanks for sharig on the Four Seasons Blog Hop. Always look forward to your posts!

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