While I really liked the basic recipe from Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day, documented here, I like to make a more hearty, healthy bread for every day consumption. This week I branched out and made the light wheat recipe. There isn’t much wheat flour: 1 part wheat, 5 to 5-1/2 parts white, but it is SO much tastier than the plain white bread.
After reading MoneySavingMom’s experience here, I thought I’d share some of my tips on making your own bread.
(1) I sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it sit for a few minutes while I get the rest of the ingredients together. I’ve read that this isn’t necessary, but it works for me!
(2) Use better flour. I’m still working to transition to healhier flour. I do not claim to have arrived in this category. I switch to unbleached flour this month for my all-purpose flour needs. I know, I know, it’s still enriched. I’m looking for another source for good white flour, but this seemed to be the best at Meijer.
You can see it’s slightly darker than the bleached flour I have been using.
The wheat flour I use is stone ground whole wheat flour bought in bulk from Gordon Foods. I keep a gallon ziplock full of flour in the cupboard and the rest in the freezer.
(3) Salt. Let’s talk about salt. This is where Moneysavingmom went wrong. The recipe calls for coarse kosher salt, and she used the same measurement of tablesalt. Look at the picture below. The grains of salt are vastly different sizes. When you use the same volume measurement for both salts (tablespoon or teaspoon), you will end up with much more salt from the table salt.
Michael Ruhlman in Ruhlman’s Twenty says you will get much more consistent results from salt if you use weight measurements rather than volume. Now I can put my digital scale to good use!
Those are my tips for the day. Let’s look at this bread!
The dough was much drier than the white dough, so I used wet hands when shaping the loaves. You can see it’s not as moist or fluid as the last dough.
The loaf looked perfect when rising!
And the finished product is even more perfect!
Yes, sir, give me a slice of that! I’m loving this new method of bread making!