What have I gotten myself into? I'm officially addicted to homemade bread and I haven't even perfected it yet...so that means this is either going to be a problem or it's going to be the best thing I've done in the kitchen in a long time! My second week of adventures in bread making has come and gone, and I'm hooked guys!
This week I went full on wheat mode with a new recipe. Last week the recipe I used called for half regular all-purpose flour and half whole wheat flour. This week the recipe was 100% whole wheat and has lots of other yummy ingredients that are good for you too! Which made me happy, because the overall goal of me making my own bread was so I that I would know what ingredients were in my bread and that it would be healthy for me too.
This week my "what an idiot" moment was when I realized that the reason my second rise wasn't rising fully was simply because I was dividing the dough into two when really I only had enough dough for one large bread pan. Um hello...so after I realized that I made another batch and it rose just perfectly....or would have but then I forgot to brush the top with milk and sprinkle with oats, so I frantically pulled it out of the oven and added the missed step only to realize that me taking it back out of the oven made the loaf collapse a little...waaa.
Oh well, you live and you learn. That's what this bread making adventure is all about!
In case I haven't told you this before, I have a patience problem and tend to rush through just about everything in life, including the whole bread making thing. (See above statement.) I want to rush the kneading and I don't want to wait on it to cool...and the whole shebang. So, I'm trying to learn to slow down and let the bread tell me when it's ready and enjoy every step to the process, and I'm getting there.
This particular bread smells amazing, has great texture and flavor and you can eat it knowing that you are doing something good for your body! I'm sold on this being the recipe that I get perfect, if it's the last thing I do! I'm not going to tell you the recipe yet, because I'm still tweaking it, but next week I am pretty sure I will be able to give you all of the details so you can make it too!
Homebread y'all...it's where it's at....