Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Whole Wheat Bread
Why I made homemade bread:
-Store bought bread has preservatives. Google "dangers of preservatives" and you will find lots of information on why you want to avoid them. Here is one quote, "Preservatives are toxic and tumor-causing. Most impact the nervous system, changing behavior. Some have an impact on reproductive health or weaken the immune system."
-Store bought bread has sodium. I don't mind it so much but my husband has hereditary high blood pressure and will not eat any store bought bread because of the salt content.
-Many store bought breads have high fructose corn syrup (although it is possible to find some without it if you look hard enough).
-Usually I cannot find any organic bread in stores, but with homemade bread, I can use organic ingredients.
Thus, my attempts at homemade bread. I even went out and bought some 9x5 glass loaf pans.
Making it really isn't that hard but it just takes a lot of time because I don't have a bread machine.
Here is the recipe I tried today: Simple Whole Wheat Bread
The recipe does call for both bread flour and whole wheat flour. I went ahead and bought bread flour, because it said "Unbleached." I thought that meant it would still be whole wheat...but when I opened the package it was pure white refined flour. I don't want to waste that bag of flour so I went ahead and followed the recipe but I think next time, I will attempt it using only whole wheat flour. Oh, also, I left out the salt.
The nice thing about this recipe is that it makes THREE loaves. So I can keep one loaf out and pop the other two in the freezer until needed.
Let the dough rise...
Then, punch it down.
Next you divide it into three loaves and let those rise. Then you put them in the oven: