I know that is a lofty promise, but it can be done (I know because I did it!).
(And yes, I know that there are only 4 1/3 loaves in this picture- it's because we can't stop eating it once it comes out of the oven!)
I love bread. I always have, I always will. I am a bread junkie.
Homemade bread is especially amazing! But . . . I am WAY too lazy to do it.
I also always snickered at the people who ground their own flour. Seriously, who has time for that?! Definitely not me!
Well, I am now eating my words.
This gal is grinding her own flour!
With three kids, a full-time job between this blog and our new site (My Recipe Magic
), plus doing the cooking, cleaning, and other responsibilities of life, where do I find the time to make homemade bread?!
My husband pretty much thinks I am super woman.
I can whip out 6 loaves of bread from start to finish (that even includes grinding the flour, letting it rise, AND baking time!!) in about 1 hour!
I am not being paid to say this, but I was given a Bosch machine to try out and see if it would work for me and my lifestyle. I was so hesitant the first time I did it- I so wanted to prove them wrong and show them that someone like myself just wouldn't have time to grind flour and let bread rise and get flour in every corner of the kitchen.
But then I saw how easy it is and once I made my first batch, my husband swore that he would never eat store-bought bread again (he also has made a couple batches of bread when I have been out of town, so if he can do it, anyone can!!).
I am going to share my recipe for basic Whole Wheat Bread that makes about 6 loaves in one hour using a Bosch Mixer
Whole Wheat Bread
6 cups warm water (about 100 degrees F)
2/3 cup oil (canola or vegetable both work great)
2/3 cup honey
2 tablespoons SAF yeast (requires no pre-dissolving)
2 tablespoons salt
14-18 cups whole wheat flour (freshly milled from your NutriMill- or store bought works too!)
If grinding your own wheat, begin there. I love using a soft white winter wheat, but red wheat is good too. Grinding the wheat using a NutriMill only takes about 4 minutes and it only has one ingredient: wheat! It's so good for you- in fact, the first time I made this bread, it took a couple of days for our bodies to get used to all the whole wheat goodness . . . let's just say that our digestion systems were crazy for a couple of days! Ha ha! Amazing what good food will do to clean out your insides!
With dough hook in place on your Bosch mixer, place water, oil, honey, yeast, and 6 cups whole wheat flour in the bowl. Flip the switch over to "m" to incorporate.
Add another 7-8 cups of flour and salt and turn the speed on the mixer to "1". Continue adding flour 1/2 cup at a time until dough cleans the edges of the bowl (takes just a minute or two). Continue kneading dough on speed "2" for another 6-8 minutes.
Oil your hands and a spot on a clean surface. Divide the dough into six equal portions and shape into loaves. Put into greased pans and let rise until double in size (about 20 minutes).
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes (internal temperature should be about 195 degrees and the outside will be nice and golden).
This recipe can be used to make monkey bread, breadsticks, cinnamon rolls, orange rolls, pizza dough, rolls, or you can add other things to the bread such as sesame seeds, oatmeal, cinnamon, raisins- basically anything goes!
Don't have a Bosch machine? No worries!
I know that many of you are probably thinking that a Bosch mixer is a huge expense . . .
but the good news is that these machines are made to last a lifetime.
I have talked to many serious chefs and bakers (and some not-so-serious) and the Bosch is their favorite machine to use compared to other standing mixers.
Or, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me:
As I mentioned before, I am not being paid to write this post, but I was given a Bosch Mixer to try out and I can honestly say that I am never going back.
All opinions and statements are my own.
Happy Bread Making!