To be truthfull, it's been sitting out on the porch for a couple weeks waiting for me to give it some loving care. With the expectation that everything I try for the first time will be difficult and time-consuming, I followed my usual form and procrastinated. It IS true that I wanted to try making bread again when I ground the first wheat berries so the time constraints on that endeavor (reading the manual, breaking in the mill, and attempting bread all in the same fell swoop) made me leary to start one hour before lunch and nap!
We dutifully read the manual, first Zack and then Clay (I wouldn't miss an opportunity to turn a project like this into school!)
Then we put the pieces together and ground our first two cups of wheat to clean out the mill. It sounded like we were in a rocket leaving earth!
Then we got serious and made bread. We used Auntie Hannah's tried, tested, and tweaked to perfection recipe. It is really amazing how few ingredients there are in it!
Auntie Hannah's Bread
4 Cups unmilled wheat (hard red) milled.
2 Cups warm water
2 tsp. salt
1/4 honey (more or less)
sprinkle over top, 3 and 1/2 tsp yeast and stir.
Add a little flour at a time until too stiff to stir, then dump out on counter and knead in the rest of the flour. Knead in only enough flour to leave the finished lump of dough a tiny bit sticky.
Put a bit of oil on counter or in bowl, place lump of dough on it and then turn dough to lightly coat in oil.
Cover with towel and rise until double.
Once risen, cut in half and knead into two loaves.
Place each into a greased bread pan (small size: 4 x 8 1/2"?).
Score the top three times, and brush with egg white.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 min.
We'll see about that, but since I do think practice is in order there's a good chance;-)
Will you all please post or comment your own favorite bread recipe's for me?