Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Wheat Bread Experiment

Last month when I went to the Preparedness Expo, one of the speakers handed out a small paper explaining how to make a loaf of 100% wheat bread, and not have it turn out like a heavy brick, by just following a few simple rules.  So I tried it.

Here are the rules:

1.  Pick any white flour recipe and substitute whole wheat flour for all of the white flour.

2.  Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice for each cup of liquid in the recipe.

3.  Mix all ingredients together except leavening (yeast, baking soda….) and eggs, if using.

4.  Cover mixture with towel, let sit at room temperature (about 75F) for 12 to 24 hours.

5.  Mix in leavening and eggs (if using).

6.  Cook according to recipe.

Now, as most of you know, I am still learning all about this thing called “baking”.  I really enjoy it, but I am self taught so things don’t always go according to plan.   


The first thing I did was grind hard red wheat berries into flour.  This was a new experience.  When we bought the grain mill we tried grinding wheat just as a test, but I don’t think I have ever baked with 100% home ground flour.  I really didn’t know what I was doing so I ran it through the mill 3 times.  Each time at a finer setting. It was nice flour when I was done, but still coarser than store bought.




Then I got everything in one place. I substituted raw honey for the sugar in the recipe.  So here I have  flour, butter and salt, honey, milk, water, and lemon juice.




Everything went into the mixer.




Then I oiled my dough riser.




And added the dough.  It was very moist, even with 7 cups of flour.




I needed a warm place to put it so I put it into the oven with the light on and left it there for about 24 hours.  When it came out it was funny looking.  There was a dark layer on the top and a lot of moisture in the riser.  I think I got it too warm, or maybe for too long.  At this point I’m not sure.




I threw it in the mixer anyway and added the yeast.




It was soft and workable when it was kneaded. Actually, it was too soft.




I divided the dough in half and rolled out a rectangle for each loaf.




At this point they needed to rise for another 30 minutes and I thought they looked quite nice. (And normal).




After 30 minutes they had spread out in the pan but really didn’t rise much. 




Here they are fresh out of the oven.  They look great and smell delicious!



Onto the cooling racks.



I would love to tell you they turned out great, but sadly, they were not quite right.  They were not done in the center so I re-baked them and they still were undercooked inside.  I would have tried again but that “dark” stuff sort of all ended up towards the center of the loaf and the taste was a bit “off”.  I was uneasy about poisoning myself and my husband so I had to call this one a “fail”.  I’m going to try again with a different recipe that doesn’t use as much liquid.  Maybe that will help – I don’t know – I’m still learning :)  Any suggestions?  Do you have a favorite bread recipe that you’re willing to share?


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Monday, April 16, 2012

It’s A Sign


It’s amazing the things we hang on our walls – inside and out!


This is over the back door


Inside the back door



This is on the back patio.  It hung for many years at my Grandparents cabin in Utah.


This is under the lid.


This also came from the cabin.  It was a lively and fun place.  Sometimes I really miss it.


This, a gift, is also on the patio.


Hanging over another door


Another fishy gift :)



Don’t know where this came from – probably my Mother!



This is pretty fragile.  It is from the cabin but I think it came from my Great Grandparents home.

They also had a cabin, not too far from “ours”.  Maybe it came from there at one time.


This on the fridge.



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Guess where this hangs?




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