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Thoughts on home made bread 
 
Mar. 6, 2012 6:33 am 
Updated: Mar. 20, 2012 7:00 pm
So sometime this week I am going to attempt to make my first loaf of home made whole wheat bread. I don’t have a bread machine, but I do have a kitchen aid mixer to help me out. The thought with this is...
 
A. It’s cheaper than store bought bread.
B. Its wayyyyy healthier than store bought bread.
C. Its tastier :) 
 
The thought of all the preservatives that are in the loaf of bread that has been sitting on my counter for 2 weeks kind of creeps me out. About 5 years ago I discovered that I have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) and my hormones are all out of wack. From what I understand, this is something that has been far more common in later generations and I can only think that is has to do with the convenience food phenomenon that came about in the early 1900s. Our grocery stores are stocked full of foods that are loaded with chemicals, preservatives and all kinds of things that we really shouldn’t be putting in our bodies. I’m not a scientist or food expert, but the more I think about it the more common sense kicks in. It just doesn’t seem right.
 
Yesterday I found a blog that talks a little about this that had a simple recipe for bread. Guess what... I can pronounce all of the ingredients!! My kind of bread. :) Now I know that it’s going to be a pain to do. It’s going to take time but I think it will be worth it. I will let you all know how it goes. 
 
http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/11/04/homemade-bread-cheap-delicious-healthy-and-easier-than-you-think/<
 
:)
 
Very Respectfully,
-Katrina
 

 
Comments
Mar. 6, 2012 6:36 am
I make homemade bread no where near as often as I'd like to. I have a bread machine and a KA mixer to help me out. Most of the time I use the bread machine for the kneading and mixing part - then take it out and bake it in the oven. Good luck and Enjoy!!
 
Oldguy 
Mar. 6, 2012 7:28 am
One grandfather would not eat yeast bread, of course store bought was totally out of the question. I have been making sougdough bread and recently started making good sourdough bread. I'm still experimenting but it seems that for me hand mixing and kneading wins out over the KA. My wife sometimes makes bread in her machine if I get lazy. Sourdough wins but it is a learning process. If at first you don't succeed don't give up. Get started as soon as you can. Good luck and most of all have fun.
 
Mar. 6, 2012 9:45 am
I just made my second loaf (there's a pic on my profile page) and am kicking myself for not trying this sooner. You'll be glad you did it. I read the blog you linked above and I saw that they mention a cup or so of water being called for on the package. FWIW- my package only calls for 1/4 c water to proof and that with the 1/4 c milk in that recipe doesn't sound like enough. If you plan on using whole wheat flour instead of what's listed in the recipe you might want to mosey over to "the buzz" and ask for some tips on how to do that successfully. Good luck!
 
Mar. 6, 2012 10:48 am
I've been making all our breads for a few years now, using the KA and finishing the kneading by hand. In addition to the reasons you stated, there is such a feeling of achievement! Once you get going, don't think you have to limit your recipes. You can make any breadmachine recipe with the mixer or by hand and vice versa. Have fun!
 
Mar. 6, 2012 6:42 pm
Good for you! Just be a little careful if you are using Whole Wheat flour...it cooks differently and can make a very dense dough...may want to consider 50% wwflour and 50%apub flour....I noticed the recipe you are using is apub flour...may be best to start...Good luck and share your success!!!!!
 
 
 
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