I had to tell you something funny Brock said a few mornings ago. He didn’t like the Cream of Wheat that the staff made, so he asked:“Can I have a piece of Katie’s bread?”I gave him a piece and then he asked, “Why does Katie have to make so much bread?”I told him that you don’t have to, but that you sell it as a way to make some money. He was a little confused, but he didn’t try to figure it all out for very long ‘cause he was so into chewing while he said, “But this bread… oh wow… it’s just delicious!” Ha!And then yesterday Micah said he was hungry but he didn’t know what he wanted for a snack. When he saw your bread on the counter he started jumping up and down and said, “Oh, Miss Katie’s bread! Miss Katie’s bread! Yes! I love that stuff!”
Whole Grain Bread
11 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups rolled oats
3 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup whey, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup olive or coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
Mix together and soak for 12 to 24 hours.
The next day in a small bowl whisk together:
1/2 cup warm water
3 TBS yeast
1 tsp honey
Let sit for about five minutes until foamy. Add to to the dough.
4 tsp salt
1/2 cup ground flax seeds
3 TBS vital wheat gluten
Kneed together in the bowl until the liquid mixes in. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and kneed for about ten minutes. Once kneaded place in a oiled bowl and cover with a towel. (I have Bosch and love using it but since I have started soaking my bread I haven’t had much luck with getting the remaining ingredients to mix in. ) Set the bowl in a warm area for an hour and half, on until the dough doubles in size. Once the dough had doubled in size separate into three (for large loaves) or 4 (for small loaves) balls of dough. Turn the oven to 175 degrees F. Shape bread and place in lightly greased bread pans. Turn off the oven and place the bread pans in the oven. Let them rise till they double in size once again (about 45 minutes). Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes. You will know that the bread is ready when it is golden brown.
Variations include cinnamon bread, cinnamon rolls, hot rolls, pizza, …. virtually anything. I’ve even made delicious crackers. When I make crackers though I take out some of the dough before I add the yeast. Recently I’ve been dividing the dough into three sections making a loaf of regular bread, cinnamon bread and pizza dough.
1 batch of whole grain bread
1stick of melted butter
1/4 cup sesame seeds
To make into hamburger buns, divide the dough in to 20 rolls, gently brush with a light coating of melted butter and top with sesame seeds. Let rise for 30 minutes. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.