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Dec. 12, 2012 10:03 am 
Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 9:51 am


Life keeps getting weird.  We see prices of gas for some reason being astronomical, bail outs to financial institutions as too big to fail, but what about Wonder and Hostess?  Look at the price of bread.  The store where I do most of my shopping, a locally owned market that sells Western Family products, sale price of bread is two for five.  Two dollars and fifty cents a loaf for plain white bread.  Did I mention, that's a sale price.  Most bread is between three and five dollars a loaf for good whole grain bread.  I expect that.  But it appears Western Family bread was produced by Wonder as it no longer appears on the shelf.  I refuse to pay $2.50 or more for white bread.

Our favorite brand, a wonderful multi whole grain which I got for $2.50 a loaf at Walmart, is no longer available, a victim of the Wonder meltdown.  Thus, I'm on a hunt for a bread recipe.  Right now I'm using the Amish White Bread recipe.  Easy, very much so.  Fast, not so much up here at the 5,200 foot elevation.  Its a good, sweet white bread.  

After payday, I will go get some more good wholewheat flour and some wholewheat pastry flour, then search for a recipe for a good, light, wholewheat bread.  I like using the 50/50 mix of white flour and whole wheat flour.  I really want to find a great recipe for multiple whole grain bread.  

Fortunately, I have a big Kitchen Aide six quart mixer.  I love the way it does the kneading, saving my carpal tunnel ridden wrists from excess aches.  I had a hard time learning to make bread with it and compensating for the altitude.  

If any of you have found a good, whole grain bread recipe, let me know.  

And as a spoiler for my next entry, today I begin my holiday baking!!!!  Stay tuned.
Dec. 12, 2012 5:33 pm
I hope you find a good recipe. We got a bread maker a couple of years ago, and it is so darned easy to use (set and forget) that I don't make bread by hand anymore. It's not as good as hand made, but acceptable.
Dec. 12, 2012 6:19 pm
May I suggest a book: Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor. Peter Reinhart is a well known bread maker and instructor. I have three of his books, and if you follow the directions I have never had a loaf fail. the book I use most is "Peter Reinhart's Artisan Breads Every Day"
Dec. 13, 2012 9:51 am
a long time ago, I asked for TNT breads on the Buzz, here is the thread I hope it gives you some ideas of some favs .. .. I make my own bread/buns every week. When some store bought stuff does not mold-even when forgotten in the camper for weeks, that scares me and I will not eat it
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