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Homestead Whole Grain Bread
How-to ~ Ideas
Homemade bread seems like an icon of the homestead or self-sufficient lifestyle. It's not necessary, of course, but it sure is satisfying! It can be easy, healthy, delicious. You can fit it into just about any busy or mellow lifestyle. The eating is great and the aroma of baking bread can't be beat!
Chapter 17 in "Homesteading Adventures" for more about my early
years of learning to make whole wheat bread.
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Bread Time! - April 6, 2018
It’s April, we’re still getting snow, temperature lows often diving down to
zero and highs are having a hard time getting above freezing. Might as well bake
some bread! Well, I bake bread almost every week but having the wood cookstove
going and the smells of baking bread seem most welcome when winter is reluctant
to give way to spring.
This year my mix became more multi-grained with additions to the above of
oats, millet, quinoa, corn, and always a few tablespoons of fennel. The
smell of fennel fills the air when the mix is grinding! Maybe I got a little
carried away when I ordered the grains, but we like the resulting flavor and
texture. Fun, but maybe a bit more fussy than I like. I have a feeling next
year I'll go back to my basic spelt, barley, rye, maybe oat groats. We like
March 3, 2019 - More Bread
Awhile ago I mentioned baking my 100% whole grain bread in an unglazed pottery pan and a Pyrex bowl, which worked well. Then I spied some glass bread pans at the thrift store and decided to give them a try. They were a success! And are what I am now using. They work equally well as far as baking as the unglazed pan and the Pyrex bowl but with the added benefit of being able to see the bottom of the bread when trying to decide if it is indeed baked long enough. This is a big plus when dealing with the vagaries not only of bread dough but the uneven heating of the wood cookstove over an hour's time. I've found the bread easy to remove from the oiled pans if left to cool a bit until still warm but not hot or cold. A quick slice down the sides of the glass pan with metal spatula and it comes out easily onto the cooking rack. This also helps prevent the 'problem' of someone slicing off a piece of freshly baked bread before it has cooled enough to be at its best. By the time it's ready to come out of the glass baking dish it is still warm enough for the butter to melt and just right for eating. Just what is needed on a cold winter evening.
Summer 2019 - More Power!
Last fall we added another fairly large PV panel to our solar array, and a new controller and inverter, and have thoroughly enjoyed having more power. I find myself using the electric hot plate often now, and we added a new appliance - a toaster oven! Finally, I can bake bread, cookies (and dinner) albeit smaller batches, easily without using the wood cookstove. It works great. When the house is cool I don't mind running the cookstove but it isn't always convenient, so I'm really liking our little oven, and appreciating the sun even more!
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Have you read "Frost Dancing - Tips from a Northern Gardener"? A fun short read.
or "Homesteading Adventures" Creating our backwoods homestead--the first 20 years.
Berries for Food and Fun"
A journey you can use in your own garden.