The Wheat and I

In CategoryCooking
ByDeb

I am so excited to start making my own bread. My people go through a lot of it, and when I started adding up how much I was spending on bread products every month, my motivation increased. 

When my mother-in-law showed up with the bread machine, my husband, for some reason, thought that meant we would go into the kitchen and make some bread. I was all “take it easy, let’s not get carried away.” When I begin a new hobby, I have a process. First, I had to clean Amazon out of its entire stock of bread books. Then I had to read the books, find the right recipe, and talk myself off the ledge because people like Peter Reinhart are talking about stuff like bigas and starters and mashes and what on earth did I get myself into here? Then I had to spend approximately eleventeen-thousand dollars on loaf pans and dough enhancer and vital wheat gluten and other mysterious things I never thought about before. All of those things had to be purchased on the internet too, because here in Backwater, Colorado, the people at the health food store have apparently never heard of dough enhancer and look at you suspiciously like you might be trying to trick them into selling you rat poison. Then I realized that my inferior storage containers just will not do, and I had to run all over town to find the perfect containers for all this other crap stuff. Obviously, I cannot make decent bread without first getting the right storage containers. What if word of my bread spreads to Food Network and I come thisclose to getting my own show, but then lose out because of inferior containerage? I grudgingly decided I can suffer along with the measuring cups I have, but I put the $25 set on my Amazon wish list for the next time I feel entitled (or the next time I am placing an order and need another dollar to push me over into free shipping).

So for three weeks, I researched and read and bought and assembled and bought some more and had a growing stack of stuff by the front door…and finally, the day arrived.

Lookit. I don’t do things halfway. If I decide I want to make a loaf of bread, the only logical thing to do is buy a 45 pound bucket of wheat. Right? And yes, my entryway is orange.

And why buy dough enhancer when I can make my own for a mere three times the price? At least when my son spills it all over the floor I can make some more.

What? Doesn’t everyone use a label maker? How could you sleep at night otherwise? Note the Fancy New Containers.

And so after washing all the equipment and reading all the directions…

 Wheat before milling.

 Flour!

 Wheat and Other Stuff in the mixer.

 Dough.

 After first rise.

 In the pans for the second rise. 

    
Bread! And multi-grain bread!
 

Naturally, we ate an entire loaf with butter and honey right out of the oven. You aren’t supposed to do that, especially if you want to slice it for sandwiches, but Oh My Gosh could it BE more delicious?

After all the cookbook shopping and reading, I ended up using a recipe from the book that came with the Bosch – Sensible Cooking. For the multi-grain bread, I just threw in about a cup of the King Arthur Flour Harvest Grain Blend.

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7 Responses to “The Wheat and I”

  1. Deb Says:

    Those are some gorgeous loaves! I used to make all our bread, but I liked the kneading process. Gluten-free bread does not require kneading, the dough is actually more like cake batter. I still make it, but it’s not the same.

  2. Deb Says:

    I don’t know very much about the gluten-free lifestyle, other than it seems like a very big adjustment to make.

    Also – Can I assume you did not comment on my fancy new containers out of sheer envy?

  3. Diane Says:

    Very funny post. Oh, wait, your serious. Love your containers. I need to get back to baking bread. But I have to buy all that stuff first. Right? lol.
    Blessings
    Diane

  4. Angie @ Many Little Blessings Says:

    Mmmm…that bread looks great! And, to think of it with butter and honey right out of the oven. Yum-o!

  5. Julia Says:

    Love your blog, Deb! A few weeks ago I also went on a King Arthur shopping spree to try homemade bagels and with a recipe from “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice” they turned out well.

    Like you, I am homeschooling a 5 and a 3 year old, but I have a 1,5 year old on top of it (who sabotages most of my efforts). Please write more about your homeschool! I am looking forward to visit your blog again and I really enjoy your sense of humor.

  6. Deb Says:

    Thank you Julia! Wow, I can’t believe you made bagels! I just watched an episode of Baking with Julia and the bagel thing looks like an all-day project. My son is dying to do it, but I am intimidated.

    Regarding The Bread Baker’s Apprentice…Peter Reinhart scares me a little. I don’t understand the words in his books…”first capture natural yeast using a fuzzy apple…”

    Yeah, OR how about I use this little packet I bought at the store?

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