Saturday, February 7, 2009

Wheat Recipes as Promised

I was able to get the wheat recipes from my friend Betty Jo. Since several of you asked for them, here they are...

Betty Jo’s Wheat Bread

5 C. very warm water
1 C. instant dry powdered milk
1/3 C. honey
1/3 C. oil
2 T.+ 1 tsp. SAF brand yeast
1 T. salt
3 C. white flour
9 -11 C. whole wheat flour

Pour water into a heavy duty mixer (like a *Bosch or a K-Tec) for the mixing and kneading. Add in milk, honey, and oil then mix for about 30 seconds. Mix in 5 cups of the whole wheat flour, until the mixture looks pasty. Then add in the dry yeast (no need to proof it), mix well. Mix in the salt and the rest of flour. I first add the white flour, then the rest of the wheat flour. Add enough flour that it binds together and is not too sticky. When ready to put the lid on your mixer, add an extra 1/2 cup of flour to knead with the bread. Let knead for 6 minutes. When kneaded, take the dough out of the mixing bowl and separate into four even pieces. Oil your hands and shape into rounded loaves; place into four greased bread pans. Let the dough rise for about 30 minutes or until it looks like it has risen above the tops of the pans. Bake in a 350° oven for 32 minutes. Baking time will depend on the size of your loaves as well as your oven’s temperature. Take bread out of the oven and turn onto a cooling rack. While bread is hot, I rub butter on it to give it a buttery taste.

NOTE: Betty uses four medium-large bread pans and never washes the pans after using. Professional bakers say that not washing helps season pans for future use. She says her bread never sticks because she has done this.

* Most mixers, including the Kitchen Aid, are not strong enough to make 3-4 loaves of bread at a time. As the motor gets hot, lesser mixers will shut down or burn out if you are not careful. Using a heavy duty mixer eliminates kneading by hand.

Wheat Pancakes or Waffles

2 C. whole wheat flour
4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. sugar
2/3 C. powdered milk
2 C. water
2 eggs
3 T. oil (8 T. for waffles)

In a mixer, combine wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar together. Add dry milk, water, eggs, and oil. Continue mixing until blended.

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