As many of you know, we have recently moved to the country.
Don’t get me wrong, we aren’t that rural(we’re still less than 10 minutes away from the nearest fountain drink machine).
My husband has been talking for a while about getting back to the basics. I always agreed with him politely, but in my mind thought,
“Yeah, right, we are NEVER going to actually do it.”
Well, I was wrong, and I’m so glad I was. He has gradually brought me over to his way of thinking.
Don’t worry, I’m still a big fan of epidurals, the microwave & It would take a miracle
for me to wean myself of many of my processed indulgences like Hershey Bars & Oreos.
Now that we have a little land, we are going to plant our first garden this summer. In fact, we just seeded our tomato seeds yesterday.
My hubby is in the process of building me a composting barrel, I’m going to try keeping an herb garden alive this summer,
AND we have been making our own bread from SCRATCH!! Yes, from scratch.
No, not from store bought flour, but from grinding our own wheat seed!
I’ve been so busy over the past 10 years, that it used to hurt my brain to even think about taking the time to “get back to the basics”.
Now that I’ve been making a conscience effort to not work so much, for the first time,
I’m actually enjoying cooking and learning how to make things that I always just bought at the store.
It’s crazy to me how disconnected we have become in the past 50-75 years from the basic tasks that our grandparents lived by.
Like bread….I honestly had now idea where flour even came from! When Kelly Boy bought wheat seed, I was so intimidated,
but it was so easy to make our own wheat flour.
I wanted to share with you our accomplishment!!
We are like kids wanting to show everyone what we made, so please, a word of affirmation would be lovely!
We’ve tried several recipes, and are trying to only make it a couple times a week because it’s so calorie rich, and soooo yummy!
Here are the ingredients:
1 cup warm water (110 -115 degrees)
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup cup honey
2 tsp yeast
2.5-3 cups flour(ground from 2 cups of hard red wheat seed…click here)
1 tsp salt
1 Hand Grain Mill(Click here)
First, we added the wheat seed to our hand grinder, and then ground to make the flour.
It took about 1 .5 cups of seed to make 2 .5 cups of flour.
It takes maybe 10 minutes to grind with a hand grinder.
Next, we mixed all of our wet ingredients into a bowl.
Once the wet ingredients were mixed, we slowly added the flour and dry ingredients, mixing as we added.
Once all the ingredients were well mixed, I started to recognize that it actually looked like dough.
It was kind of gooey at this point. Next, I floured my surface and kneaded the dough, dusting it with the flour as I went.
I formed it into a oval(like I’d seen breadmakers do on TV..my years of Alton Brown watching have finally paid off!),
and placed it in our pan to rise. I covered it with siran wrap and let it rise for about 2.5 hours.
We baked it at 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes, and voila!! It was beautiful and ready.
This was some of the best bread I’ve ever tasted. Maybe it’s because we made it ourselves, but I was very impressed!
We actually made homemade strawberry butter to go with it, but I was sort of trying to be healthy, so I stuck with the smart balance.
Would you like some bread with that butter??!!
That’s all for now! Now, go, make something!