I’ve been feeling the urge to bake lately, but since I’ve got half or so of my kitchen already packed for when we move (whenever that finally happens) I’m rather low on pans and such, so my options have been limited. I decided to bake some whole wheat bread, and skipped the “toasted wheat germ” option it had since I’m told that can be rather chewy and I don’t like weird stuff in my bread. Funnily enough, the recipe called for two bread pans and I only own one… but since I was already committed to baking something today, I decided to heck with it and bought myself another bread pan. I’m hoping this turns out good and is something I can make regularly – I like knowing what is in the food I’m eating!
My KitchenAid electric mixer is awesome and did most of the work for me… including in the recipe when it says to use a wooden spoon to stir in the remaining four cups of flour, I swapped from the paddle attachment to the bread hook, and kept going! Kneading the bread was fun – I’ve never made bread before. I’ve got to say, though, that before electric mixers and bread machines, and having to bake everything instead of buying it at the store, women must have had some wicked upper body strength.
The bread turned out amazingly delicious (coming from the standpoint of somebody used to store bought bread). I’m surprised that it tastes absolutely nothing like the stuff I’ve been buying at the store, and is much more dense… although that could mean I need to reevaluate what bread I’m buying. However, after today, I may be done buying bread altogether. As much fun as kneading the dough and punching it down after it had risen was, perhaps a bread machine will end up on my wish list this year. I also tend to like the idea of dumping ingredients into it, and hitting the “go” button! Another advantage I’d see is that the loaves are much larger in diameter with a bread machine, a better sandwich size. The loaves I made tonight are about the diameter of half a sandwich.
Now I’ve started looking at strawberry jam recipes. Oh dear. I really probably shouldn’t… at least not until after we get moved, since I don’t have jars or tongs or any experience whatsoever…
Computer update: Infotech was out of the SSD I wanted, so I ordered it off of Amazon last Monday. It finally shipped on Thursday out of West Virginia, and today it is finally at the last stop before my post office and my house, so hopefully I’ll be able to finish up my computer when I’m off on Wednesday!