Monday, November 16, 2009

Little Red Hen Bread

Even though I have been making bread since I was twelve, it was my Little Red Hen unit that led me to whole grains. Whole grains are a lot easier than most cookbooks lead you to believe.
In my class we would grind grain(wheat berries) in an old blender that I found in a yard sale.
We would sift and regrind until we had a coarse whole wheat flour. I began with bread made totally of this flour! It was a little hard and small but 6 year olds will eat anything. In the last few years we made no more than two cups of flour and used only one per loaf. This recipe is a single loaf recipe, we always made two singles so that more students could help.

1C warm water
2tsp active dry yeast
1C whole wheat flour
2C white flour(need the gluten for texture )
2Tbs honey(or any sugar)
2Tbs butter or oil

I of course now make this bread in a bread machine and bake in the oven,
But this would be an easy bread for anybody to make in a stand mixer
Water should be warm tap water(not too hot or cold) dissolve yeast in water in mixing bowl.
Stir slightly add honey and oil/butter to this, stir in flour one cup at a time . You will probably need a cup or two of flour to knead into this dough. Dough should be dry and elastic. Let rise in warm place covered ( drafty- use plastic) for about an hour. Shape into loaves and bake at 375 for about 25 min.

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