Bread Baking 101

Lindy is so talented at making a presentation.  She has demonstrated for our group before when she made soap.  Her home always feels warm and inviting.  As a homemaking guru, you can find her secrets and homemade products at Sweet Harvest Homestead.

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This cake was designed and created by Lindy.  My mom had this same set of gnomes from the 1950’s.

Even the artwork that spells L-O-V-E in the backdrop was created by her hand.

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“Baking bread is a lot like growing your faith in the Lord, Carrie Louise. You mix together the best ingredients you can find and wait for the mixture to mature, but it’s the heat of the oven that makes it something of worth and substance. The same way the tribulations of this world mature a persons faith.” 
― Dorothy Love

grindingwheatLindy introduced wheat kernels.  She uses hard white wheat grain for bread and soft white wheat grain for biscuits.  Red wheat kernels are for heartier breads.  Taste ultimately depends on where the wheat is grown.

“Freshly ground wheat is a nutritionally superior product because the vitamin E & B as well as the Wheat Bran stay intact.  You get a burst of all of those nutrients when you grind it yourself.” – Lindy Sellers

She taught us that grinding preserves the wheat kernel and the vitamin E.  But you need to make it rather quickly as raw wheat only has a shelf life of about 3 days.

Grindingwheat1Baking bread enlightens the senses; sight, smell, touch, and taste.  And hearing.  (At least with her Whisper Mill grinder going!)

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Fresh ground wheat flour.

Common ingredients seem rather mundane until mixed with yeast.  They become alive, magical, and hearty.

bread101You can see the dough rising.Breadrising

tastingdoughWe taste the gooey dough before she put it into the loaf pans.  The gluten is chewy.

baking bread1Kneading the dough develops the wheat gluten.  Lindy told us that kneading dough and touching and feeling each loaf is like touching something alive.  Because, really the yeast is alive.

Anticipation!

Anticipation!

Can you smell the delicious hot bread coming out of the oven? Freshbread

“The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight…
[Breadmaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses, like a dance from some ancient ceremony. It leaves you filled with one of the world’s sweetest smells… there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise, no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel. that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts than this homely ceremony of making bread.” 
― M.F.K. FisherThe Art of Eating: 50th Anniversary Edition

wwbreadShe blessed each family with a loaf of homemade whole wheat bread.  Thank you, Lindy!

“And I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves…” Genesis 18:5

Our loaf was gone in less than a day.  Can you blame us?

Do you have any bread baking tips?

Genesis 18:5

and I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves; after that you may go on, since you have visited your servant.” And they said, “So do, as you have said.”

– See more at: http://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Bread,-As-Food#sthash.wZOCxiH8.dpuf

`Give us this day our daily bread.

You can learn more from Lindy on:

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and her blog, Sweet Harvest Home

 “What must you break apart in order to bring a family close together? Bread, of course.” 
― Jodi PicoultThe Storyteller

 

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