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Anybody else here bake their own bread? I've baked bread off-and-on, but recently my wife and I have been trying to bake all our own bread.<br><br>
The kids seem very happy about that (well at least when I bake bread because I'll bake French loaves, while my wife tends to bake whole wheat sandwich bread) and I have to say the smell of freshly baked <i>pain de campagne</i> is wonderful.<br><br>
We have a lot of bread cook books, but my favorite right now is Bread Alone.<br><br>
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My wife has been making our bread for the past few years now. Every week or two she makes two loaves of honey wheat. Once every 6 months or so we have to buy bread at the store until she has time to make another batch.
 

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I bake bread several times a month. Usually to go with a half hearted attempt at dinner. I used to make just plain white bread. My former coach gave me a recipe that uses "good for you" cereal. For two loaves, you use about a cup of cereal, softened in hot water. I made that for a while--spending $$$ on the expensive cereals. On a whim, I tried plain old rolled oats. The family loves it. So, more often than not, when I make bread, I use oatmeal.
 

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You know those restaraunts that give you bread while you're waiting for the food?<br><br>
I could eat the bread for dinner!! yuuuummmmmm<br>
Warm bread<br>
soft butter...<br>
I'm getting gooey just thinking about it!
 

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I love to bake bread but don't do it that often. I have a recipe for hearty wheat bread with all different kinds of grains that I like. I also like to make flat bread that I use for pizza or just with olive oil and garlic. Basically I love bread!!
 

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I bake every day or every other day, I have not boght bread for years. Mostly I just make a honey-wheat utility bread, I grind whole wheat right with the stand mixer--sometimes it's a yeast bread, others sourdough. I make pizza and pasta dough a lot too. I'm eating a slice of bread right now in fact.
 

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I love to bake bread but like Beth, I don't do it too often. My favorites are playing with different sponges & starters to make artisan loaves. But due to time, it's mostly homemade pizza dough these days in our house.
 

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I baked a loaf...last year. Just one of those things a like to do and would like to do more often...but just never happen...
 

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I've tried several times to make a good whole-wheat loaf that could be used for sandwiches, but they never turn out very good..... I'm gonna keep on tryin' though!
 

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I used my bread maker for the first time a few weeks ago. Soooooooooooo YUMMY! Soooooooooooooooooooo CARBY!!<br><br>
Sherry + Carbs=Fluffy (as stitch puts it).<br><br>
Any good healthy whole wheat bread maker recipes?
 

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I love my bread machine - it makes a nice loaf of bread and great pizza dough. I enjoy making bread w/o the machine but i don't always get around to it.
 

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Practice is key. It takes a while to understand how the dough should feel. The books can tell you how much flour to add and how long to knead it, but timing and quantities can vary depending on the temperature and the quality off the flour. It is very satisfying to be kneading your bread and know when it is ready just by the feel. Of course, the "I can't wait till it's done" comments from the family are also very satisfying.<br><br>
So keep at it. If you don't have a good book, get one. Find one that discussing the various types of flours and yeasts. Most people just skip to the recipes, but don't do that.<br><br>
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I just dump stuff in the bowl, my 6 year old can make a good batch of bread too, just by eye. I read Rosemary Levy's bread bible, it really helped me understand what is going on inside the loaf. I don't make anything fancy, but everyone eats it up:<br><br>
high gluten pizza flour<br>
whole wheat flour (about 4:1 white/wheat)<br>
water<br>
some milk<br>
sometimes an egg<br>
either yeast or sourdough sponge<br>
honey or brown sugar<br>
salt<br>
olive oil<br><br>
Cook on a stone to about 200 internal temp. Make sure to cut loaf while it's still really hot and bust it.
 

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Recipes????<br><br>
I lost my recipe for light rye <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif"><br><br>
Mmmmmmm...... hot pastrami on light rye with lots of stone ground mustard<br><br>
Jon
 
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