How can you make homemade bread with 10 minutes of effort? First a little background. It’s been a while since I’ve poked fun at myself for being a bread-baking, homeschooling mama. I took photos of the steps for making bread several Saturdays ago.
See, there is a certain stereotype that exists in the homeschooling community. Apparently we fit that stereotype because we bake bread and homeschool. However, for the record, I do not wear a denim jumper. Haven’t since high school. I did love that jumper though.
It’s been seven years since I bit into that glorious loaf of homemade bread my cousin made. That’s all it took. That and a bit of coaching from her.
First we bought the wheat grinder, the barrels of wheat and the ingredients.
Measure out your wheat. Pour into the top of the wheat grinder. Turn on the handy contraption and wait for the youngest child to come running. Even though it sounds like my grandfather’s pea sheller I used to run from as a child. Lil’ Buddy must be lifted up to watch the wheat go away down the little shaft.
Tear yourself away and turn your attention back to the well used and loved recipe.
The real stuff. It’s good for you. Next, skip the egg since Lil’ Buddy is allergic. The bread turns out just as well.
Click around to the homemade setting. In about two and a half hours you’ll have gorgeous and delicious bread. I make it most every Saturday morning as I’m cleaning up breakfast dishes. I timed it – 10 minutes. Even with lifting the littlest one up to see the process.
Busy weeks I only make bread on Saturdays. Other weeks the children like to get involved. For a while it was a service opportunity. We need to get back into that.
What I make:
- Bread loaves
- Our favorite Flax Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies with freshly ground soft, white wheat. I double the recipe and mix some up about every two weeks. Freeze the dough balls so we can have cookies any time. Or make some to give away.
- We feast on whole wheat pancakes one weeknight. With a side of turkey bacon.
- Pizza dough. Easy to double and freeze.
- An extra loaf. Every now and then it’s good to freeze one.
- French bread.
- multitudes of muffins.
- Two Step Pound Cake. My favorite recipe is delicious with freshly ground wheat!
Yes, it is an investment to get started. We also had help from a grandparent We viewed it as groceries. We also took steps. Now we plan our purchases around the homeschool convention. Sometimes we share trips with friends up to the Bread Beckers store.
How can you make homemade bread with 10 minutes of effort? Part of it is practice. Part of it is the bread machine. And part is where I store my supplies.
- The Bread of Idleness CD ***FREE*** A 90 minute audio CD by Sue Becker. Recorded at a presentation in 1998, Sue presents the Biblical, nutritional, and health reasons why it is so important to use FRESHLY GROUND FLOURS for making bread.
- Getting Started
- Zojirushi Bread Recipe (what I use)
Next up – how to you store all those enormous barrels?
She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:27
Do you make your own bread? Or what is your favorite use for your bread maker?