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.
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.