Kneading Novice

After reading a little too much about grocery store loaf bread, I decided 2015 is the year to tackle homemade sandwich bread making sans bread machine.

Buying organic bread would assure I'm not feeding the kids GMO or Round Up desiccated wheat with their sandwiches. As a one income household, buying organic bread every time would put a terrible dent in the budget.

Organic isn't the only issue; have you heard that flip flops and loaf bread have a common ingredient? Azodicarbonamide. Or you can look into bromated flour. Either way, the stuff is just plain weird, so I'm spending my days elbow deep in organic and unbromated flour slowly progressing in my bread making ability.

Are you a loaf bread wizard? Any tips or tricks for this kneading novice?


ashley said...

Have you tried Bittman's no-knead bread recipe? You make it in a Dutch oven. Super easy. (Makes kind of a small loaf, though.) I imagine you can adapt it to use the kind of flour you want, as long as you include something to make non-rising flour rise.

Sero said...

You can also try the 5-minute artisan bread (recipe for free on Mother Earth News' website). It makes 4 smallish boules but I've used it for sandwich bread (using bread pans) and have made pizza crust, breadsticks, herbed breads, sweet rolls...the list goes on! It is a really easy, no-knead method.