We’ve been home from the Prayer Conference for three hours. The house is cluttered with Christmas bins (yes, we still have Christmas decorations up, don’t rush us), suitcases, mail, library books, and assorted shoes and boots (the kids managed to find some snow while we were gone).
What a joy it was to bring Joshua with us to the prayer conference.
What have I been doing?
I can’t help it! I’ve got this new Bosch, 25 pounds of wheat and a Nutrimill. Who cares about the mess or the details that need my attention before bed. Please don’t remind me that our homeschooling co-op starts on Friday. The kitchen just doesn’t look right without a fresh loaf of bread tucked away on the counter.
Tim went to pick up the children from AWANA. I sent him off with three, still piping hot, loaves of fresh whole grain bread. Yum and double yum! I kept one here at home (it fell and didn’t look as “pretty” as the others) and I’ve got three more rising on the stove. I think we’ll have enough bread to last for the rest of the week.
I told Tim to find someone who looked like they needed a fresh loaf of bread and to share the bounty. I’m so curious as to who he came across in the church parking lot.
Was it you??
Here are the two recipes I used (I’m still experimenting with the first one as I can’t seem to get the flour measurements right, it’s too sticky but the end loaf is incredible!! Both recipes use the Bosch which is a BIG mixer and can handle a large recipe):
My inlaws give the BEST gifts!!
Grandma’s Yummy Loaf
6 cups hot water
3/4 cup oil
2/3 to 1 cup honey
generous tbs salt
2 1/2 tbs lecithin granules
heaping 1/4 cup gluten flour
9 3/4 cup hard white wheat, freshly ground (not sure how much this makes – that’s where I’m having trouble. I need to double check. I’ve been using 11 cups of flour, or so, and it’s way too sticky. More bread making is needed to perfect this)
2 1/2 tbs yeast
Combine hot water, oil, honey, salt, lecithin, and gluten flour in heavy duty mixing bowl. Mix well. Add half of the freshly ground flour. Mix well. Sprinkle yeast on top of mixture. Add remaining flour. Mix on low speed until ingredients are just combined. Knead on medium high for 8-10 minutes until dough is cleaning itself off sides of bowl and stretches nicely.
Divide dough into 4 to 6 loaves (depending on loaf pan size). Roll and shape dough, tuck ends and place in greased pan. Cover and let rise in warm place 30 minutes or until doubled. Bake on middle rack of oven 25-30 minutes at 350. Gently remove and cool.
Because I haven’t been adding enough flour (I’ve made this three times now and keep forgetting to measure 9 cups of wheat first and then grind it) it’s been way too sticky to shape into pretty loaves. It does, however, bake into these deliciously tasty loaves. Wow! Very good.
The other recipe is one I found online. Tonight is the first time I tried it. The recipe is very similar. It drew rave reviews from my hungry crowd.
Five Loaf Recipe Adapted from a recipe from Breadbeckers.com
5 cups Hot Water
1 Â¼ cup oil (half olive oil, half canola)
Â¾ cup honey
2 Â½ Tbs. Instant Yeast
12-14 cups whole wheat, freshly milled flour
5 tsp salt
2 Tbs Powdered Milk
2 Tbs Gluten
Step 1: Combine, water, oil, honey. Add 8 cups of flour, yeast, salt, powdered milk, and gluten. Mix thoroughly. (2 minutes on setting 2)
Step 2: Add remaining flour and knead until smooth and elastic (10 minutes on Setting 2)
Step 3: Let rise for five minutes in mixer bowl. Then stir on low (Bosch level 2) for just a few seconds.
Step 4: Shape into loaves or rolls with oiled hands.
Step 5: Place into greased pans and let rise until double. (I let it rise approx 30 minutes)
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Let them cool in the pans for about 5 minutes, then turn out on a cooling rack to cool completely.
I only have so many bread loaf pans, of course, and was already using four of them on the other batch, so I had to improvise with this second recipe.
Hopefully these will work as soup/bread bowls.
Can you say Over Achiever!!
I made six little bread bowls (draping dough over muffin cups). We’ll see if those turn out. I guess that means I need to make up a batch of some sort of tasty stew or chili tomorrow. Hmmm. Chicken tortilla soup maybe?
In the back of my cabinet I found a baguette pan (at least that’s what I think it is). I haven’t used it in years. No time like the present, I thought to myself, dragging it out and washing off the dust. I also found this cute little stoneware pot that is supposedly oven safe.
We’re practically our own bakery! I think we’ve given away almost as many loaves as we’ve eaten but I’m not certain.
Now I had better take off the baker’s hat and go be a mom, housekeeper and homeschool teacher.
If you have a good bread recipe, PLEASE share it!! I’ve got a mixer and I’m prepared to use it.