Friday, January 24, 2014

Honey Oat Bread

One of the goals we are working towards in our family is to make and eat more real food.  We want to buy less processed food until we are down to buying none.  When I found this recipe for Soaked Whole Wheat Bread on The Elliot Homestead, it seemed to fit the bill.  

I've been soaking our grains, beans, and nuts to make them more digestible.  This recipe took time, but it was well worth it.  As you will notice, there isn't a picture of MY bread because...well...Imagine 3 loaves of warm, freshly baked bread and 3 boys (big and little) attacking.  So.  I did manage to save one which I have tucked away in the freezer.

The dough alone smelled amazing.  The recipe asks you to combine the dough in your mixer, but it was too much to fit without flinging ingredients all over the place.  I mixed by hand.

Here's the yeast, "proofing"  I might let it go a little longer next time.

The dough rose and rose and rose.  It was amazing.

Me and my dough baby!

This recipe makes three loaves.  I had a lot of fun kneading and rolling them out.  It was really satisfying.  I'm not quite sure why.  Crazy, maybe.

All rolled out in a rectangular-ish shape.

Roll it up.

I saw a method somewhere, maybe Pinterest, where the loaf pan was placed inside another dish.  This method worked okay, but I don't think I'll do it again.  I only had 1 loaf pan at the time, so it worked.  I've been scouring garage sales for more.  I found a nice Pyrex one the other day.  

Anyway.  No final picture.  Boys ate it.  

Here's another bread recipe from The Elliot Homestead that I think I'll try next time:

Traditional Soaked Whole Wheat Bread-The Elliott Homestead

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