I guess I took a vacation from blogging, but now I'm back. With the weather getting cooler in places other than So Cal, it starts to feel like a homemade soup and bread day. Maybe I can help with the bread part.
WHOLE WHEAT BREAD, BUNS AND ROLLS (from Pantry Cooking)
6 cups warm water
4 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons salt
2/3 cup oil
2 tablespoons yeast
10 to 11 cups whole wheat flour
In a heavy duty (8 lb.) bread mixer, combine warm water and 4 cups of
bread flour. Mix briefly. Add salt, sugar, oil, and
yeast. Blend. While the mixer is running, slowly add whole wheat
flour until the dough pulls away from the bowl. Scrape sides of the
bowl; add an additional 1/2 cup flour. Knead 10 to 12 minutes or
until dough is smooth and is not sticky when touched with well-oiled
hands. If it is still sticky, add 1/2 cup more flour and knead 2
more minutes. Remove the dough and place on an oiled surface.
HAMBURGER BUNS: Tear off small portions of dough and shape them into
the size and shape of a hamburger patty or smaller. Place on a
lightly greased baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Cover and allow
to rise until doubled, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Bake 20 minutes at 350
degrees. Remove from baking sheet to cool. Makes 36 buns.
CINNAMON ROLLS: Roll one half of the dough into a
rectangle. Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar; sprinkle on chopped nuts
and/or raisins. Roll up jelly roll fashion starting with the long
side. Slice into 1-inch slices. Repeat with remaining half of
dough. Place in shallow baking pans, cover and allow to rise until
doubled, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Bake 20 to 25 minutes at 350
degrees. Remove from baking pan to cool. Glaze while still warm
with a glaze made of 2 cups powdered sugar and 4 tablespoons milk.
RAISIN BREAD: Roll out 1/4 of the dough to a 9 inch width. Sprinkle
on 1/2 cup raisins; roll up, starting with the 9-inch side. Place in
a greased 9x5-inch bread pan. Press the dough down to make it
conform to the pan. Cover and let rise until doubled, 1 to 1-1/2
hours. Bake 30 to 35 minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from the pan to cool.
CINNAMON ROLL BREAD: Make raisin bread but sprinkle cinnamon sugar
on the dough before rolling it up.
PECAN BREAD: Substitute 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans for raisins in
SURPRISE ROLLS: Roll 1/8 of the dough into a circle. Cut into 12
wedges. On the wide end, place a filling such as chocolate chips,
1/2 teaspoon chopped nuts or jam. Roll up, wide end to narrow
end. Place on a lightly greased baking sheet about 1/4"
apart. Cover and allow to rise until doubled, 45 minutes to 1
hour. Bake 18 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from baking sheet to cool.
WHOLE WHEAT BREAD: Divide dough into 4 portions. Place each portion
in a greased bread pan. Press the dough down to make it conform to
the pan. Let rise 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until doubled. Bake 30 to 35
minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from the pans to cool.
SIX-GRAIN BREAD: Grind 8 cups of six-grain whole-grain mix. Start
mixing the bread using 4 cups of the six-grain flour. Continue
following the recipe instructions, using light brown sugar instead of
dark brown. When the six-grain flour runs out, continue the recipe
with bread flour until the dough forms as directed. Shape, let rise,