I love to make homemade bread, and my husband and kids love it when I do! Making bread can be very laborious, but the taste of sweet butter melted on warm bread with blackberry jam makes it worth the work!
This recipe was taken from a cookbook- "Feeding the Whole Family: Cooking with Whole Foods" by Cynthia Lair. It is a fantastic recipe that you can change depending on what grain you have on hand or prefer for your family.
It takes about 2 days to make the bread because of the time you allow your grain to soak. I am going to break this recipe apart into a few days- therefore you can start on it if you want today!
Day 1: Wheat Bread Starter Dough Here is what you need:
2 cups cooked, whole grains (at the bottom there are links to 2 great sites with more info about whole grains)
2 cups water
1/4 c. olive oil or melted butter
1 TB sea salt
1 TB yeast
1 cup whole wheat flour
I chose to use a grain called Kamut. Here is my 2 cups cooked Kamut ready to go in the blender!
Blend cooked grains and water in a blender until creamy; pour into a large mixing bowl.
Mix in oil, salt and yeast.
Add enough flour (1 cup-ish) to make the mixture look thick like cooked cereal.
Step 4: Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a damp cloth and leave for 12-24 hrs at room temperature. Once the dough is fermented it can be refrigerated for up to 1 week before using it to make bread.
Here are a few great sites that talk more about different grains and how to use them.