Anyway after putting the fish in the smoker I baked up more bread. Yesterday I found a couple of recipes online and, well, one of them was a disaster. I made 10 loaves using two different recipes and half were okay, the other half not so good. So today I took the good recipe and modified it quite a bit and came up with my own version. I've been trying to use up whole wheat flour and wanted a 100% whole wheat bread. I'm pretty close.
Here's what I did:
Yield: just over 5 loaves
6 cups warm water
2/3 cup oil
2/3 cup honey
3 tablespoons instant yeast
5 cups whole wheat flour
Add the above five ingredients into Bosch bread mixer. Mix briefly. Let sit for 20 minutes to proof yeast. (I know it sounds weird to proof instant yeast but this works).
After 20 minutes the mixture should be quite high, if not, throw out and start again with new yeast.
1 tablespoon salt
2 rounded tablespoons dough enhancer
1 1/2 cups gluten flour
7 cups whole wheat flour
You might use more or less flour but mix in one cup at a time until dough is sticky but not dry. I add the gluten flour because, as far as I know, whole wheat flour has very little gluten and bread just won't rise well without it... believe me I've tried and ended up with doorstops, reeeeeealy heavy doorstops! After adding the last of the flour turn your Bosch down to 1 and knead for 7 minutes (I picked 7 just because it's a lucky number). I'm sorta fanatical about the size of my bread so I weigh my dough, roughly 750 grams for whole wheat bread. I get 5 full size loaves and 1 smaller one with this recipe. I bake it on convection bake for about 25 minutes at 350 degrees in greased pans. It doesn't taste like whole wheat and has a very light texture. Even my "I don't like homemade, especially whole wheat bread" brother liked it! (Sometimes I can't believe we're related, let alone twins).
While fish was smoking and bread was baking I grabbed my camera and headed outside. A regular reader of my blog has asked about the iris in my flower garden so I decided to snap a few pics. Here's the best one out of....oooooh 50 or more! Thank goodness for digital cameras!
It was Victoria Day today and my oldest daughter came and picked up her brother, Jevan, and took him in to see the parade. Sydney jumped on the motorcycle with my brother and followed them. It was the first time she was on a bike so, of course, I had camera in hand when they got back.