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YESTERDAY I FINALLY BAKED BREAD, and I’m starting to appreciate the price of a locally-baked healthy loaf of bread.   This takes time!  I suppose the more you do it, the more efficient you become.  And maybe it was my lack of self control on peeping at the dough while it was rising, or checking in on the bread while it baked, which made it seem like I did nothing for three hours but bake bread.    But for my three hours of time, I have four loaves of good wheat bread and it’s so worth it.

Yesterday I made the first two bread recipes of twelve I have set aside to try.  I made Sunflower Sesame Wheat Bread in the oven and Oatmeal Wheat Bread in the machine.   I have not made bread for at least 15 years, but neither of these recipes was complicated.

Sunflower Sesame Wheat Bread

1 package yeast

4 c. warm water

1 1/2 c. non-fat dry milk

1/4 c. honey

1/4 c. molasses

9 c. whole wheat flour

3/4 c. sunflower seeds

1/2 c. sesame seeds

2 eggs

1/2 c. olive oil

Dissolve yeast in 1/4 c. water.   In a separate large mixing bowl, mix dry milk with 1 3/4 of the water, beat to dissolve, then add honey and molasses.  Then add the remaining two cups of water and the yeast mixture.  

Mix in 5 cups of flour slowly, then cover with a damp cloth and let rise 45 minutes.  Mix in sunflower and sesame seeds and let sit 10 minutes.  Mix in eggs and oil, and then knead in the rest of the flour to make a dough that barely sticks to your fingers.  Cover and let sit for 30 minutes.   Knead the dough again to make a smooth ball, then divide into three sections and shape each section to fit an approx. 9″ x 4″ loaf pan.  Cover and let rise for 30 minutes, while oven at 325F preheats.  Bake 45 minutes or until done. 

Bread Machine Oatmeal Wheat Bread

1 1/4 c. water

2 T. honey

2 T. butter softened

1 t. sea salt

2 T. powdered milk

1  c.  unbleached white flour

1 2/3 c. wheat flour

1/3 c. oatmeal

1 1/4 t. yeast

Put all ingredients into bread machine.  Order isn’t important if starting the cycle immediately.  If setting it to start later, check the instructions for your machine.   Use the Wheat Bread setting.

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AFTER SEARCHING ALL EVENING for bread recipes, I have 12 that look like they have ingredients I can handle.  Two are for the bread machine; the others are baked in the oven.   This week and next week, I will try to make one of each:  one for the oven and one for the bread machine.  Then slowly I will get around to the others in coming weeks.   I’m so pumped about finally baking some bread! 

Tomorrow will be the big day for baking — pics will be posted afterward, along with my review.   Right now I need some Zzzzzzs.  Night, all.

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