I did it. After several phone calls to my mom and a practice run last night, I successfully ground my wheat flour this morning. It brought back memories of "helping" when I was a girl. The rumbling and shaking of the counter, pouring the wheat berries in and chasing them around to get them down the hole and the amazement at the finished product. It was fun showing my kids the progression from the "seeds" to the flour, to the bread.
Here's a shot of the wheat going down the hole to be ground up.
I started with a quart of hard white wheat and about 1 1/2 cups of hard red wheat.
Something I really didn't like as a girl was how heavy and tough the whole wheat bread was. My mom's generation is all about hard red wheat and I didn't realize that there was anything else. Last year, as I was attempting to slowly move my family from white bread to wheat bread, I discovered white wheat flour, which has the same health benefits and usefulness, but is a much lighter, easier to swallow wheat. At least for me it is. I don't think anyone actually noticed that it was wheat bread at first.
For my wheat today, I used a half and half mix of hard white and hard red wheat. You can kind of see the different colors in this picture.
I don't know if it was the white wheat, or being freshly ground, but the bread turned out really nice today.
I also tried the bread recipe I found late last week. It looks a bit rough and we haven't tried it yet because we ate almost an entire loaf of the pretty bread, and we're kind of full.
I also burned the heck out of my left thumb while getting this one out of the oven, so it's not really endeared to me. The blister is showing up much better now, but I don't really feel like taking another picture.
Due to my injury, my husband volunteered to finish off the day, which wasn't really baking, but it included bread, so it fits.
It was a long day in the kitchen and now I need to get in there and clean it all up. I think I set a record for pictures in a post with this story. Sorry about that. I usually struggle to find just one pertinent picture, but this one went the other way See you tomorrow, when I'm back to my almost picture less posts!