Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Wonderful 100% Whole Wheat Bread

To all of my wheat-bread-making-friends, this is an awesome whole wheat bread recipe!  It was so good that I just had to share.  It takes a little planning because you start it on one day and finish it the next day.  But it doesn’t use any vital wheat gluten or dough enhancer (which are quite expensive out on the east coast) and it is super moist and has great texture!  I have been through so many bread recipes, and this is by far our favorite!!


This recipe will yield 2 large loaves.  A bit more than half the flour is soaked.

Ingredients on day 1
4 cups of freshly ground whole wheat flour
2 1/2 - 3 cups warm water
3 1/2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice

Mix the ingredients together making sure all the flour is moistened.  Cover loosely and let sit at room temp for up to 12-24 hours.  This lets the acid in the vinegar or lemon juice breakdown the phytic acid in the wheat.

Ingredients on day 2
In a mixer (or by hand) mix the flour/water/acid mix with
1/3 cup melted butter (not hot)
1/3 cup honey1Tbsp yeast
2 1/2 - 3 cups of freshly ground whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp sea salt

Mix and knead until you have a nice supple dough (about 10 minutes by mixer, 20 by hand).  The four you add depends on the day, the flour, and the humidity.  It may be slightly different each time.

Place in a greased bowl and let rise for about 1 1/2 hours (until is doubles in size).
Punch down the dough and let rise again until double (it won't take as long this time ~ 1 hour).

Grease 2 loaf pans.  Punch down the dough and shape the loaves.  Let them rise until the are about 1-2 inches about the top of the rim of the pan (about 30-45 minutes).  

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Bake the bread for 20 minutes.  Turn them and bake another 20 minutes.  Cool them out of the pan on a wire rack.  Wait at least 2 hours before slicing.  
I usually double this recipe and freeze the extra loaves.  Wrap well and store in the freezer.  To thaw just leave on the counter overnight.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ragnar Remembrance

CLICK HERE to read an article written by the Washington Post about my brother, Shane, who died last year while running a Ragnar Relay and about his amazing wife, Holly, who is running the race again this year in his remembrance. 


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Holly, you are a strength to all of us.  Good luck!!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Two New Posts

Family Bicycles


Adios Binky

Check ‘em out.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Book Recommendations

Have you read these books?  You should!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Potty Training Help

Read my post and tell me what to do!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Two Posts

Additions to our Family
and Timid Little Gal


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Bunch of Stuff

We still don't have internet - I don't wanna talk about it.

But I came to Jared's school and posted a bunch of posts for ya'll.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Trying to Catch Up

I still don't have internet at the house and they're giving us the run around, so I don't know when we'll get it.  It's been a week and a half and it may not be until next week sometime (if that).  Lame.  Super lame.  I drove over to Dunkin' Donuts to use their free wifi to publish some blogs.  It closed, so now I'm sitting in my car - you better read these blogs!  I went to a lot of work to get the up!!  Just kidding, I mostly blog for myself.  It's my journal.  Anyway --- Check out the blog - there are LOTS of new posts!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Two New Posts

Check out what we’ve been doing now that everyone’s healthy again.

I also posted some new recipes we’ve tried lately.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Coos and Gurgles

Want to enjoy some new baby coos and gurgles?


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Ooh baby baby

I put up two posts about our new little baby.  Check it out.


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Big Bed

We have some big news at our house about a big bed.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

More pictures from Christmas

Yes, Christmas was a long time ago, but here are some more pictures from our vacation.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Two New Posts

Christmas update and 3D ultrasound of our baby boy.