MY FIRST GUEST POST!! I'm so excited!
My friend, Jenn, just started a food blog in preparation for our baking group. A few weeks ago I saw a whole wheat bread tutorial and recipe on her blog. I was also a little jealous when, in one her blog posts, she mentioned she hadn't bought bread from the store in THREE AND A HALF YEARS!!! I had never made my own whole wheat sandwich bread before or any sandwich bread for that matter. In fact, I kind of had a bit of a bias toward homemade wheat bread. One of our neighbors growing up (Tonita Crookston) used to bring my parents wheat bread that was delicious and later spurred my dad's bread making obsession. The obsession didn't last very long and if I remember correctly he never thought his bread was as good as what she would deliver. So I just figured you had to be one of those people that the heavens shined upon, bestowing the gift of wheat bread making. I didn't think it was possible for me to be a wheat-bread-maker.
I had also heard of people having great results with grinding their own wheat and making bread, but I don't have a wheat grinder and it sounded like a ton of work. After reading Jenn's post, she said I could use wheat flour and she made it look way easier than I was picturing. I have made the bread twice now. Once without the flax (I didn't have any) and once with it. I am officially converted. I wanted to share this recipe with everyone in case there are others like me that Jenn can reform. ;)
I did change a couple things according to what I had on hand and the bread was still wonderful! I halved the recipe both times; I only have 2 loaf pans. Isn't that just plain ridiculous??? I also don't keep powdered milk around so I substituted regular milk. (If the recipe calls for 1 cup powdered milk, reduce the water content by 2 cups and add 2 cups of milk.) Oh and here are my pictures as proof I can actually make whole wheat sandwich bread!!! (I don't think you realize how excited I was about that.) Proof that sometimes we don't even know ourselves. :)
100 times better than what we buy at the store and WAY better for us!
I will now shut-up so you guys can read what you came here for.