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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

how to bake bread


Before I start this post, let me say that your first batch of bread (or even second, third, and fourth) are probably not going to look perfect. I've been making bread for a couple of months now, almost a year I guess, and I still mess up! So don't worry if it turns out to be an epic mess the first time. It takes practice people, practice.

To start out, we use a mill and mixer. Most people don't have a wheat mill hanging around their house, but if you do, use it. If not, you can just use regular store bought whole wheat flour. I'll explain why we use natural grain later in the comments, if you want.

We make about twelve loaves a bread each week (yes, that's how much bread we eat...) we have a recipe that makes six loaves of bread, then we normally triple that, making twelve loaves of bread, then we have extra to make cinnamon rolls and pizza. yum!

So mill about eight cups of hard white wheat (you can add spelt too, if you want). If you don't have the mill, skip on the the next step.


In the mixer add all these ingredients.

1 1/4 cup of oil 
1 cup of honey
6 cups of water
1 tablespoon of powdered milk 
3 tablespoons of yeast 

Mix and let sit sit for about five minutes. Then add 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt. You must add salt. If not, the bread tastes completely awful! Trust me. ;) Now you're going to turn the mixer on, and add the flour. There really isn't an exact amount you're supposed to add, but make sure the dough isn't too dry, yet at the same time it's dry enough to be able to be fondled in your hands without sticking to your fingers.



Now you're going to put the lid on the mixer and let it sit on the oven (pre heat to 350 degrees) for fifteen minutes.


While the dough was rising I left to see what my brothers were doing, and I found Max looking at a candy catalog instead of doing math. ahem.


And then of course I came back to see the other batch of wheat I was milling had a bit of an explosion. ha. ha...


After the dough has sat for awhile, take it out and shape it into six loaves. This is the fun part, and I'm sorry I didn't get too many pictures! I was baking, so it's hard to take pictures while baking.

But, anyways, after shaping it into loaves stick them into greased bread pans and let them rise again for about 30-45 minutes. Then put it in the oven for about 28 minutes. When it's done baking, take it out of the oven, and enjoy! There aren't too many foods that are better than fresh baked bread.





And remember I said you could make other stuff with the dough too? So like if you just want three loaves of bread, you can take half of it and make mini pizzas or cinnamon rolls, like we did. :)




Well, that's how we make bread. Let me know if you make it differently, and if you try this recipe, comment and let me know too.

Thanks for all your nice comments on my last post. Sadly, I don't feel much better than I did yesterday, my throat and head hurt worse . . . so if you could just pray that I would feel better, that would be great! :)

8 comments:

  1. Candy catalog, Max? Where'd you get it? I want one!


    Haha, we eat a a lot of bread (homeade), too! I SUCK at baking, and never make bread. I can barely manage baking a cake. But my mom and brother make amazing bread.

    And seriously. There is little better than sinking your teeth into a piece of warm bread smothered in butter and jelly.

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  2. That looks amazing! I don't think I'd have the patience to make bread like that though : )

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  3. Oh, my gosh! We grind up wheat berries and make our own flour too. I just made bread yesterday. Unleavened honey-bread. It was goooood♥

    xo,
    Jess

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  4. mmm looks insanely tasty. :] we make our own bread most of the time too! beats the stores any day, aye? ;) aw feel better soon! :( I had a sore throat + fever + awful headache for one day, but I guess I had a lot of water, veggies, and vitamin C in my system 'cause it's all gone now (besides a scratchy throat). no fun though! :( drink lots of water and tea!

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  5. Homemade bread is the BEST! Looks like you know how to make some beautiful loaves! We usually make it in a bread machine, but a couple weeks ago I made some irish soda bread. Have you ever tried that?

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  6. coolio! The only thing better than homemade bread is homemade cinnamon rolls. (okay THIS time I thought of Peeta)

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  7. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm..................

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  8. Those loaves are beautiful!!
    My family just started making artisan bread, (and regular) for a local Farmer's Market. Although, I am someone who doesn't really follow the directions, *ahem*, I really like to bake. Homemade bread is delicious! Plus it is healthier and saves money!

    Emma Lou

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