Just called me Ma Ingalls! Except that Ma did not have electricity, so I am not sure how she ground her wheat.
Since I have become a serious bread baker (meaning that I am trying to bake bread twice a week so that I don't have to buy bread at the grocery store), I consulted with all of my bread-making friends, and it seems that I was the only one who was kneading the dough by hand for 30 minutes. Also, I was almost the only one who was not grinding my own wheat! What do all of these ladies do?
Mix and knead their dough in a Bosch mixer and grind their wheat berries with a Nutrimill.
I mentioned to Jimmy (ok, I sent him an email with links to where you could purchase these products) that for our upcoming twentieth year wedding anniversary (June 22), or for Mother's Day/my birthday/Christmas, I would love to have these two machines to make my bread making so much easier.
My early presents arrived a couple of weeks ago!
mixer and grinder
It was like Christmas morning when I opened those boxes! I was so excited! For my first batch of bread using my new Bosch, I tried my friend Heather's bread recipe. It is absolutely delicious! I asked her if I could publish her recipe here on my blog, and she agreed.
Heather's Delicious Bread
4 cups hot water
2/3 cup olive oil
2/3 cup honey
4 cups flour
Combine the above ingredients in the Bosch on speed 1. (Or mix by hand in a large bowl.)
2 Tbs. + 1 tsp. yeast
1 Tbs. + 1 tsp. salt
Set your kitchen timer for 10 minutes and turn the mixer on speed 1. Begin adding flour (about 6-8 more cups, I have ended up adding 9 more cups every time), and keep adding until the dough has pulled away from the edges of the mixing bowl and is forming a lump in the middle. (By hand, just mix in as much of the remaining flour as you can, reserving 1-2 cups to be used to work in while kneading by hand--you have to knead it for 30 minutes if kneading by hand).
Once the flour is all mixed in, and the dough is pulled away from the sides, let the mixer continue until the 10 minutes is up.
Remove dough hook and cover with towel. (If kneading by hand, put dough in a greased bowl). Cover, and set in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes.
This is what my dough looks like after rising for 45 minutes.
This is where I put my dough to rise on cool, cloudy days--in front of my gas fireplace. On cold days, when the heat is on, I close the door to my small schoolroom bathroom and put the dough in there. On hot, sunny days, I put the dough in front of my sunny bedroom window.
This is what Sam did during my first baking session using the Bosch.
After the dough as risen for 45 minutes, punch it down and divide it into 4 pieces. Each piece can be shaped into a loaf, 8 mini loaves, 12 rolls, 8 hamburger buns, 1 pizza crust, or 1 pan of cinnamon rolls.
Put dough into desired greased pans, cover, and let rise again for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake bread for 30 minutes for loaves, I bake my set of 8 mini loaves for 20 minutes. A pizza crust will take less time also.
Let cool on wire racks. Slice and enjoy!
a sliced mini loaf, ready to be eaten with butter!
About the Nutrimill--I haven't actually used it yet. I still had two bags of whole wheat flour that I needed to use, and I had to purchase some wheat berries to grind. Jimmy bought me a 45 pound pail of hard white wheat at a local agriculture store, and I am waiting for my gamma lid (the lid to put on the bucket of wheat berries after you open it) to arrive--so we can open the bucket of wheat! I have enough ground wheat flour left to make one more recipe of bread, so we will be opening the wheat berries this weekend. I can't wait to grind it!
Using the Bosch is so much easier than doing it all by hand, and it makes so much less of a mess! I love this new mixer!