I have been baking bread for a couple of years now and have used either my bread machine or a mixer. I have a Zojirushi BBCCX20 Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine and have really enjoyed using it. It's so easy to just throw in the ingredients and press some buttons. A couple of hours later and, poof!, I have bread. My only complaint, and it is for all bread machines, is that you can only make one loaf at a time. The same goes with my KitchenAid K45SS Classic 250-Watt 4-1/2-Quart Stand Mixer, White. If you want to give breadmaking a try, using a mixer with a dough hook or a bread machine is a great way to start, but I'm ready to make at least two loaves and have one to eat right away and one for the freezer.
I have tried before to make dough by hand and both times the loaves came out like bricks and went straight to the trash. I was feeling gutsy so I thought I'd give it another go. I found this recipe in An Introduction to Whole Grain Baking by Sue Gregg. I followed her instructions to make dough and then I separated the dough in half. I placed each half in a greased bread pan and let them rise until the dough rose to the level of the pans. I baked them at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. The recipe for the dough was easy to follow and much to my amazement my bread turned out wonderful! With the recipes I have used before I have never had the bread rise above the level of the pan. The bread tasted good but the loaves weren't anything special to look at. This time I was so excited when I opened the oven door and saw that these loaves rose beautifully and have a rounded top crust. I immediately turned them out onto a cutting board and rushed to the computer desk to show Lee. He was kind enough to act excited too.
Here is the recipe for Sue Gregg's Whole Grain Bread. http://www.suegregg.com/cookbooks/WholeGrainBaking.pdf Go to page 40
Lee and the kids gave it two thumbs up. Yeah! Lee said he much preferred this bread to the recipe I usually use.
Sue Gregg has several great cookbooks with lots of healthy family friendly recipes. Hint: If you click on a cookbook you actually get several recipes for free in each book! http://www.suegregg.com/cookbooks/cookbooks.htm
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