Jun 7, 2009

This Means Change.

Well I'm going to give it a try. I've been thinking for a long time about making our own bread, rather than buying from the store.

I've also had this thing against owning a bread maker. Not that having one is bad, I just am really partial to the wonderful-ness of bread baked from scratch. However, as I contemplated this "making my own bread" idea, the reality was that a bread maker would make this endeavor a lot more do-able. I decided it was worth what I would give up by going from scratch.

So...here we go! I think we will go through about a loaf every other day. My plan is to bake in the morning, having it ready by lunch. This leaves the oldest bread for breakfast toast in the morning.

The first batch turned out pretty good, but I am ready to experiment! Any wonderful whole wheat recipes would be welcomed!!

10 comments:

  1. Nolan makes a mean cinnamon/raisen bread in the bread machine. We are leaving for OK in the morning but remind me to get some good recipes to you after this week.

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  2. Wow! A loaf every couple days...no wonder the bread maker is almost a necessity! Great work! I'm excited to see/hear about some of your favorite recipes.

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  3. Oh how very Amish of you :) I love your new endeavor and am inspired. My mom has a bread maker and doesn't really like it so I may "borrow" it from her for a while.

    Oh, and I thought it was important to note that my grandmother, who has yet to ever purchase a loaf of bread from a *gasp* grocery store, started using a bread machine. So, if my grandma does it, it can't be that bad!!

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  4. Mmmm...homemade bread beats store bought any day of the week! (in health and taste!) I have a bread machine but I really dislike the way the bread comes out if I bake the bread in it. So, I only use it on the dough cycle and then bake my bread in the oven. I think it turns out a lot better. I have a recipe called peasant bread that is very simple and yummy. If you want it let me know!

    P.S. I'm not calling you Amish yet! As a person who lives among them, when you start growing and grinding your own wheat then I might think about it! :)

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  5. I'm curious where the bread machine came from and what changed your mind? From days gone by . . . I would agree with Amanda, that I like the dough baked in the oven better than baked in the bread machine. It's less dense or something. Have a friend with a 220v bread machine, maybe I'll bring one back next time. :)Happy baking!

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  6. Here here! Love homemade bread. I agree with Amanda. I put in all the ingredients and select the dough cycle. Then when it's done, I shape it into a loaf, let it rise again, then bake it. Voila! I also use oat flour instead of whole wheat, which is wonderfully lighter and still healthy.

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  7. I hope you don't mind that I'm blog snooping. Let me know if you come across a 100% whole wheat recipe. All of the ones I see have a half wheat/half white flour ratio.

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  8. You always make me want to cook and bake. I'm going to go to the grocery store tomorrow to get some stuff to make some stuff. Probably won't be as good as your stuff though. :)

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  9. i use our bread machine to make pizza dough for homemade pizzas. the recipe book that came with the machine had a pizza dough recipe for both white flour or whole wheat flour. i find that if i use the white recipe but mix 1/2 white 1/2 wheat flour it's fluffier and easier to roll out than 100% whole wheat flour.

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  10. Yum! My mom used a break maker when we were growing up. I like just the traditional white bread that comes out. Oh man, my mouth is watering!

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