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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Honey Wheat Bread

I want to get this recipe down before I forget how I made the bread.  I was buying local made, fresh, wonderful bread for my boys at the farmers market.  But am trying to cut grocery costs a bit so am back to making my own bread.  My boys love my bread but also enjoy the different varieties they can pick up at the farmers market.  So I am trying out a few different recipes.  Here is my honey wheat recipe.

1 1/8 cup warm water
2 1/2 tsp yeast
* add these two to my stand mixer bowl and let sit while mixing up the dry ingredients

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup gluten
1/4 cup potato starch
1 1/2 tsp salt
*mix these together in a separate bowl

1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
1/8 cup skim milk
*add the above wet ingredients to your yeast/water mixture.  Mix with the dough hook just a few seconds to blend it together.  Now add your dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and set mixer on low setting with dough hook for about 2 minutes to mix.  Add a little flour if needed, for me this was just the right mixture and I didn't need to add any more flour.  Now let it mix with the dough hook, on a low setting for about 5 minutes. Oil a bowl and turn the dough out into the oiled bowl (turning the dough over so all sides are oiled) and place bowl covered in plastic wrap, in a warm place for 30 minutes.  Now shape dough into whatever shape you want, long loaf or round loaf shape, or I think this recipe would make nice yeast rolls as well, and let rise for about an hour.  Cook at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Whole Wheat Biscuits

I used this recipe as is.  I have not been able to find a good recipe for biscuits that uses all whole wheat flour and you don't end up with hockey pucks in the end. If anyone has a recipe to share with me that is all whole wheat flour please comment, I would love to try one.  You can find the recipe I used here, it is called Fluffy Whole Wheat Biscuits  My boys loved it.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Easy Almond Milk

Since finding a decent, non-dairy milk that is, what I would consider, safe for my family to drink AND doesn't force me to take out a second mortgage on my house (OK so maybe not THAT expensive), is so hard to find.  I have decided to start making my own.  The verdict is in and it was deemed a success.  Here is my recipe.

2 cups of unsoaked, raw, organic almonds
*Put the almonds in a bowl and cover by about 2 inches with water.  Let these soak overnight. Drain and rinse the almonds

8 cups water
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp vanilla
*Add rinsed almonds, water, honey, and vanilla to a blender and let it blend up for a couple of minutes.

Take a large bowl, put a strainer over the top, and line the strainer with cheese cloth.  Pour your almond-water mixture into the cheese cloth.  Let it drain, then squeeze all the liquid goodness you can, by gathering up the cheese cloth around the almond mixture and giving it a really good squeeze.

That is it, just pour it into whatever container you want for refrigeration.

I did 2 quarts as my oldest drinks quite a bit of this, so I expect this to last me about 3 days. You could easily use another sweetener and make this a vegan almond milk.