I made SPROUTED BREAD!
My mom is an amazing bread baker. She sells her bread. The sad thing is that neither of her daughters have managed to catch her skills in the bread making department. When I started on THM I stopped eating bread. Mainly because I had many issues trying to eat grains and so dropping them all together helped tremendously. I did make Gwen's Bread recipe a few times, but they weren't the soft amazing bread that I was use to. It worked in a pinch, but just not sustainable for me. I knew about sprouted wheat, but I was so afraid to even try it. I have a grain grinder... so what was my problem? Well this past December I decided, that was it. I am going to learn how to do it. It was so easy I am still kicking myself to taking so long to even try it. So if you haven't tried it before PLEASE do.
It is as simple as soaking your grains in water overnight. I did mine in an old pickle jar with a coffee filter held on with a rubber band. The next morning I strained the water out and rinsed my grain. That evening I rinsed again. When I got up the next morning, the grains had sprouts. So I spread it out on several cookie sheets and dried it on the lowest setting in my oven. It took several hours. I think about 4. But it was worth it. I ground up those grains a few days later.
Now the fun part. I used the THM recipe on p.200 of the new cookbook. Kinda. I looked at my mom's recipe and looked to see the differences. First off, her's had more honey, oil, and gluten. So I reduced the honey and oil to the right amount and then added the gluten. I believe I added 1/3 cup gluten. This particular time I doubled the recipe in the book to make 6 pounds or 4, 1 1/2 pound loaves. Or that is how my mom describes it to me.
I had my mom make the bread. And of course it turned out amazing. The dough ended up being 6 pounds so, I divided them into 6 portions. My mom did 2 loaves that were 1 pound each. About the size of the loaves from Aldi. I took 1 portion and made 8 bagels. I boiled and then baked them after they raised for an hour next to my dad's wood burner vent. Ahhhh. So warm. Next I made 8 soft pretzels and egg white washed them along with some salt sprinkled on top. Another pound I rolled out flat and added sweetener and cinnamon for cinnamon rolls. Then the last pound I made 4 pizza crusts. I have already tried the bagels and the pretzels and they were so good. I can't wait to start my week now that I have some familiar bread "friends" I can't remember the last time I had a soft pretzel or a bagel ON PLAN.
So has anyone else done some fun projects to help keep you on plan? I would love to hear about them in the comments below