Some of you know that we make our own bread [most weeks]. I'd like to take credit for this, but to be honest The Pilgrim [aka Charles] was making it when I met him. So here's what he taught me.
What you'll need:
-Something to mill grain with [hand mill/electric mill/or already milled flour]
-Bread maker [or oven with bread pan]
This is what happens when they help
Organic Hard Red Wheat Grain
$35 for 45 lbs
3 cups of grain=4.5 cups of flour
We use a Whisper Wonder Mill
[5 years and counting]
"What? I didn't touch it, I promise"
It takes about 30 seconds for 3 cups
1.5 cups hot water first into bread maker pan
1/2 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
We love our honey bear
1/4 cup of honey
[comes out easiest if you put in same measuring cup oil just came out of]
Pour 4.5 cups of flour into a high pile
Don't worry if a little of this happens with the kids
2 tsp Salt
[VERY important to make sure your measurements of the dry are exact, especially the salt & yeast...bread is very fickle]
Add remaining dry ingredients
2 tbsp Lecithin
1 tsp Gluten
[keep dry on dry]
Make a well with your tablespoon
1 tbsp of Yeast
[store in freezer]
This is a picture of what NOT to do
Try to keep yeast in the little well you made
Start bread maker
[ours has been with us on several trips over the last 5 years hence the dents]
We adjusted our setting from 2:45 to 2:38 because it worked best for us
[varies by house temperatures & seasons]
[told you bread was fickle]
2 hours and 38 minutes later
See the little old ladies face?
High in healthy fiber...it'll keep you regular ; )
Enjoy bread that lasts only a few days because it has real ingredients
[if you don't eat it all before then]
Some weeks we make it more than others. Ideally we'd make it daily. The only thing that holds me back is the 10 minutes of alone time in the kitchen or the mess when the kids help.
Saves money. You can make about 32 loaves with the $35 bucket.
Tastes amazing with honey.
It's high in fat [10g] & calories  , but it's real.
Great article on why you should make your own bread.