Friday, March 7, 2008

Good News, Bad News

Well, I finally branched out and tried a bread with whole wheat flour in it. It really works so differently from all white flour! The dough feels different, acts different, tastes different...Here is the recipe that I used:

  • 2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cup buttermilk, at room temperature

(This bread recipe was originally for a bread machine, so it did not call for proofing the yeast at all. Since I didn't want to use my machine, and because I was using buttermilk powder, I used 1/2 cup warm water to proof the yeast, and then mixed the amount of buttermilk powder for 1 1/2 cups into the 1 cup of remaining water.)

Mix all ingredients together and knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. Place the dough in an oil coated bowl, covered in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 12-24 hours. Remove dough and allow to rise until doubled in size. Punch down gently and place dough in a well greased loaf pan. Let rise until double in size again. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for 25 minutes, or until bottom of loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

The good news is that the bread comes out tasting absolutely wonderful!!

The bad news is two-fold. The dough as described is too sticky to work with. I added an additional 1 cup of wheat flour and 1/2 cup of white flour to get this dough to knead properly. Even then it was way more sticky than what I was used to. The other problem is that I had read way too many bread recipes the day I made this trying to decide exactly which one to use. I thought the dough was to be divided into two loaves, but it was only to be one. Which is why my loaves are really, really flat. But the texture and flavor of these loaves is wonderful! You just have to eat two slices for every one you would have eaten, which really is no problem at all!

Anyway, I highly recommend trying this recipe as a good gateway into whole wheat flour use.

On a totally unrelated note, have you used any of the lapbooks from Hands of a Child? I ordered the one for early childhood on airplanes and Aaron just loved it! We took a week to do it and only continued Bible and reading and otherwise only looked at airplanes - oh, and we began telling time lessons. Anyway, it was such a good break from our regular schedule. Each day he woke up asking, "Are we going to do plane school today??" I'll definitely order more of these!


Joanna said...

oh my gosh, that is so cool! i'm going to go make bread right now...crap! i have no flour. duh. grrrrrrr. well, we're going out to look at another house today (long story) so i'll get some while i'm out. thanks for the recipe.

those books look very interesting. i'm going to look into them. i think maybe that these would be good for sarah. we just got done doing science (plants lesson) and she got a wee bit bored.

Johanna said...

No flour!!?? That's like having no love! Seriously, I buy my flour in 25 lb bags at Sam's club. That and Splenda. I am rarely out of flour, splenda, eggs. Those are my staples!

Joanna said...

i know!!!!!!! i could cry!!!!!!

Joanna said...

woohoo! i just got back from the supermarket and bought 15 pounds of flour. i'll be making this bread tonight so i'll let you know how it goes.

Stacey said...

hi Jo's!
thanks for the bread recipe...bought my first bag-o-wheat flour last week. you've now provided the recipe!
I have done a HOC lapbook, one on Snow. my kids liked it too, and keep asking if we're doing "fun" school each morning. what's not fun about math and copywork? :)
In answer to when we are leaving to Spain - when we sell our house in KY and finish raising our support. we're really praying we're there by June; I know we'll be ther in God's perfect timing!
Lastly, LOVED the Ode!

Johanna said...

Stacey, I think copywork is loads of fun!! I never understand why Aaron sometimes groans when he sees me pull out our copywork paper! :)

I hope the bread turns out great for you! I am looking forward to seeing how Joanna's turns out!

Joanna said...

isn't she funny? i wish i could rhyme and ode like that.