Originally Posted by FluffyAngel
That's awesome Aunt Bea! Do you use the recipe on the back of the King Arthur flour bag for your whole wheat loaves? I am anxious to try to make my own whole wheat.I'd also like to get my hands on a recipe for something like a 9 grain bread - something really grainy, yet big & soft. And very tasty. Tasty is definitely a requirement.
The recipe I used was:
1 cup skim milk
1 1/4 t salt
1 1/2 T molasses
1 package of dry yeast
1 T butter
up to 3 cups of WWF
I ended up using about 2 1/3 cups of WWF. It varies each time I make bread. I just use what the dough seems to need as I knead, if that makes sense. I made the sponge let it set 30 minutes, added the rest of the flour and kneaded it about 10 minutes. Let it rise about 45 minutes, shaped it and let it rise in the pan another 45 minutes. I baked it in a 375 oven for 40 minutes. When I put it in the oven I tossed in two ice cubes to create some steam.
I need to experiment with making enough dough to for two loaves so I don't waste the yeasty beasties. I think I should be able to bake one loaf and then put the remaining dough in the refrigerator for a couple of days before I shape it and bake it. I also want to try using a starter instead of relying on commercial yeast. The yeast is the most expensive part of my home baked bread.
I should bake all of my bread once a week to save on the gas but, I like it fresh. It makes me think of the days when all the baking would be done once a week. I read about a group of young Amish couples who set out to establish a new community where land was cheaper. They were having community meetings to discuss how things should be done and one of the things that came up as a money saving idea was to prohibit the purchasing of bread. The young men were adamant that they could not live without store bread unless the women agreed to bake at least twice a week. The women were just as adamant that baking more than once a week was too much work. I am not sure what the final decision was but, I tend to agree with the guys. Day seven of that bread must have been a real treat!