Sunday, March 1, 2009

the bottom of the food pyramid

We've been eating homemade bread lately

Homemade, by the breadmaker

The aforesaid breadmaker bakes a pretty great looking loaf, sometimes.
This particular time it baked a pretty great looking ball.
The sometimes globular structure produced by the breadmaker is readily pardoned for the ease of baking bread it supplies.
Looks aren't everything anyways.

here's is the recipe:

100% Whole Wheat Bread

Yield: 1 loaf(1.5lbs.)


1/2 teaspoon soy lecithin (if using granules, add to the water at the beginning)

1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees F)
1 tablespoon milk
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vital wheat gluten (replace 3 tablespoons of the flour)

3 cups (minus 3 tablespoons) whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons instant active dry yeast

a pinch of citric acid (use sparingly)

a sprinkling of ginger


1. *Combine first 6 ingredients in a large mixing bowl; stir.

2. Add flours and yeast, and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10-15 minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover with a clean towel and let rise until doubled, about 40 minutes.

3. Punch dough down; knead for a few minutes until smooth and then form into a loaf. Place in greased loaf pan and cover. Let rise in a warm place until almost doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes. If loaf starts browning too soon, lightly lay a piece of foil on top of the loaf to prevent too much darkening.

5. Remove bread from oven and allow to rest in pan for a few minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cover with a cloth. Slice and enjoy while still warm! Leftover bread can be stored in an airtight bag or frozen until needed.

*If you have a bread maker, you can use the dough setting to knead it for you. Just put ingredients in according to order listed.


Tammy L said...

Awesome! I love your photos; glad the bread recipe is working out for you! :D Making homemade bread that is healthy + my family loves always makes me happy!! :)

I was wondering if you would be so kind as to add a link to the original recipe in your post? :)

Thank you so much! :)


Kathleen said...

Hey Jenni,
I have been a creeper and check your blog sometimes.
What is your coupon fun stuff?