Camy (6 boybarians, 1 little lady)’s Bread Wisdom

As far as bread is concerned, I use my own freshly-ground wheat. I also have a Bosch bread kneader/mixer/blender.

Many of these are approximates, so use with caution :o)

12 cups freshly-ground hard spring wheat
1/2 cup ground flaxseed (I use golden)
1/2 cup rolled oats (not quick)
2/3 cup oil
4 1/2 cups very cold water (you can also use milk, buttermilk, thinned yogurt, water from cooking vegetables, etc.)
2/3 cup sweetener (I use evaporated cane juice. You can also use sugar, brown sugar, or honey. You’ll need to take away about 1/4 cup liquid if you use honey).
4 t salt
2 T yeast (I use instant yeast)

Combine water, flaxseed, oats, sweetener, yeast, oil, salt, and 4 1/2 cups of water. Mix well.

Add 8 cups of flour and mix. Add remaining flour throughout the mixing/kneading process until gluten forms.

Place dough into lightly-oiled large bowl, cover. Let rise (it takes 4-6 hours to rise and double). Punch down and form into loaves and place in greased pans. I make 4 large loaves. Cover and let rise until double in pans (1-2 hours or more depending on humidity and air temp) Bake in 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. Rotate pans and cook for 10-15 minutes more until bread is brown. Remove from pans and let cool for at least one hour (if you can!)

You can also make pitas w/ this recipe. Just roll golf ball-sized pieces flat (as thick as a wool blanket). Bake 4-6 at a time on a cookie sheet in a 450 degree oven for 6 minutes. Remove and wrap in a towel to keep warm and soft.

For cinnamon rolls, take one piece of your loaf dough and roll into a 6X12 rectangle. Drizzle w/ honey and sprinkle cinnamon on top. YOu can also add nuts and dried fruit if you like. Roll up the dough into a loaf. Use dental floss to cut dough into rolls (place on greased cookie sheet) or roll into a loaf and place in breadpan. For cinnamon bread, bake the same as for loaves described above. For rolls, let double and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from pans and let cool *or* For an extra special touch, remove hot loaf from pan and roll in sugar and cinnamon. This is wonderful!

You an also make buns. Hot dog buns: cut dough into baseball-sized pieces and roll into a log shape. Let rise until double on greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. YOu may need to bake them longer, depending on your oven. Hamburger buns: same baseball-sized pieces of dough. Just flatten slightly. Same instructions as for hotdog buns.

Another option is to make the dough and use to make “hot pockets.” We like ham and cheese, pizza, or beans and rice in ours. I use the pita rounds and place about 1/4 cup of the filling on it, then I fold it over and seal the edges (water helps this) and poke a few holes in the top. You can immediately bake these. They take between 20-30 minutes. YUM!

Breadsticks are good, too! Roll the dough flat and cut into strips. Twist strips and bake for 20 minutes.

There are so many ways to make bread!

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