Best. Wheat bread. Evah.
One of the cookbooks I got for Christmas was King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking. I don’t do a ton of baking, but I also hate resorting to store-bought cookies and whatnot for snacks for the kids. So I thought this might be the ticket to some reduced-guilt goodies.
The first recipe I tried was the chocolate chip cookies. I didn’t share them here because I wasn’t blown away or anything. But actually the rest of the family liked them just fine. I thought the wheat flour I had on hand at the time was maybe a little off, so I need to make them again with fresh flour. And then I made biscuits, but I rolled the dough too thin so I need to try them again, too.
Last Sunday I decided to try their 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread recipe. It wasn’t a difficult recipe, and there were no strange ingredients – I had everything on hand. orange juice, water, butter, whole wheat flour, sugar, dried potato flakes, dry milk, salt and yeast. So the only thing I found myself whining about was how much waiting-around time there was in the recipe. What can I say, I’m a Gen-X’er. I want my MTV, and I want it now.
But this. This was one of those things that was totally worth the wait. It was the softest, lightest, tastiest whole wheat bread I’ve ever eaten. So good, I forgot to take a picture of it. And the family devoured the entire loaf alongside a pot of vegetable beef soup.
So I made it again Monday. You know, for the blog. So I’d have a picture to share with you. Because I’m giving like that.
The entire book includes weights as well as measurements. I love that – I weigh everything because it’s more accurate and, more importantly, dirties fewer dishes.
There’s several recipes using sprouted wheat berries that will be fun to try – I ordered seed sprouting trays with my garden seed last week. And the honey-oatmeal sandwich bread sounds yummy. When I get some whole wheat pastry flour I’ll try a cake. Stay tuned…
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