2012/09/18

Random Rambles (TWD BWJ: Whole Wheat Loaves)


Bread.

There is something so fundamental and grounding about the process of making bread.

Such a simple transformation wrought by the combination of flour, water, salt and yeast - and perhaps a few other ingredients if you are in the mood to change things up.

Simple and complex at the same time.


Measuring
 
Mixing

Resting

Rising

Forming
 
Rising

Baking

Cooling

Slicing

Eating

 
My word generator is running a little short of fuel tonight.
 
These loaves fit in perfectly to my Sunday morning baking. They behaved as they ought - if only more things in my life were so accommodating...
 
The addition of honey and malt syrup added a depth that said "Hey, I'm not just a loaf of wheat bread - I have personality". What's not to love about bread with personality? (Yes, my food talks to me. That's normal, right?)
 
This post participates in Tuesdays with Dorie. For this week's Whole Wheat Bread recipe, please stop by the sites of our hosts – Michele of Veggie Num Nums and the ever insightful Teresa (and family) of The Family That Bakes Together.
 

40 comments:

  1. I found these loaves really good, glad you liked them. I just love baking bread. Nice pics Cher! Have a great week!

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  2. I'm jumping all over this recipe as soon as I have my stuff back. I miss baking bread.

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  3. YES! They behaved as they ought. If only everything cooperated so well! Suprised myself with this one!

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  4. This bread does behave! It was so easy to work with and gave such beautiful results. Your loaf is making me wish I'd made it all over again!

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    1. Thanks for the nice comment at the bottom of your post, too - you're so sweet!

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  5. Your bread looks cozy wrapped in its blanket. Tasty!

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  6. Great pics! This was such a wonderful bread -- the dough was a joy to work with, and the finished loaves were simple, homey, and delicious. Nice job!

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  7. Yes if everything in life came together like the simple ingredients in bread! Actually my bread failed--so this week not even the bread worked!
    Yours looks great.

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  8. Hahahah. I like it when recipes cooperate too and this one certainly cooperated. Great job!

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  9. I really enjoyed reading your post and contempling your wonderful pictures. Wow!
    This is my favourite recipe from the book so far. Such a versatile bread is a dream!
    We had it toasted and not-toasted with butter and honey or butter and jam,
    we use it for sandwiches or anytime we like to eat bread.

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  10. That's a beautiful explanation of wheat bread :)

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  11. I almost made this loaf as a sort of silent bake along ... but then I totally forgot. I forgot bread! My brain must be on some sort of scramble, is all I can say. (Forgot bread ... sheesh ... it's blasphemy.)

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  12. Pretty loaf! This is a great recipe!

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  13. I agree, the honey and malt added nice depth to an easy loaf. Glad you enjoyed!

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  14. Eating. That's my favorite word! Your loaves look great!

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  15. I used the malt syrup as well. Never used it before, and I like it much better than molasses. All these great recipes leading to other great finds! Your loaves look tasty!

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  16. Nice post, glad you like the bread!!

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  17. Love your post! Especially your list of bread baking steps. I like this recipe, though I don't see it moving into heavy rotation at my house.

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  18. Looks soooo good! I just couldn't get this to fit in! I think all the waiting times scared me! Love your photos!!!

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  19. Love the list of action words your word generator spit out for this one. Your loaf looks perfect. I loved how easy this was. Inspiring to make more.

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  20. Great job. Looks like your bread turned out really well. Since we had to make our bread gluten free, we reminisced about the normal very grounding process involved in making bread;kneading the dough,handling the dough, etc. Thanks for letting us share in your experience.

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  21. Love your post ... and your word generator did not let you down. Blessings, Catherine www.praycookblog.com

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  22. Beautiful -- loaves and words :)

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  23. Cher, wonderful "short and sweet" post - love the way your whole wheat bread looks like. It is nice to read that everyone seems to have enjoyed baking these loaves.

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  24. Great pictures! I loved making this bread, so simple and satisfying.

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  25. It looks beautiful and it is motivating me to try again.

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  26. Lovely homey comforting photos of your fresh baked bread, I swear I could smell it baking in the oven;-)

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  27. Your bread looks so cozy wrapped up in a towel! I agree that if everything were as accommodating as this bread, life would be easy.

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  28. Beautifully done, Cher!!! Lovely loaves~

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  29. We didn't do much cooling here!! Nice work!

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  30. I liked the additions of malt syrup and honey too. Nice way to put it - personality!

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  31. I like it when things behave as they ought! Looks great

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  32. Your bread looks very inviting, I d love a slice now. Whats malt syrup? never heard or seen that before.

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  33. My brain was malted when trying to work out the differences between the different types of malt...Worth it, though, I agree :) I like the food talks!

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  34. @ Helene - malt syrup is a thick syrup made from sprouted (malted) barley. It's similar to a molasses, but a little thinner and more of a yeasty, sweet taste.

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  35. Beautifully done, Cher! Your bread looks perfect! This was a great recipe that seemed easy to put together…and it tasted delicious!!

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  36. Your bread came out beautifully! Thanks for the KAF bread recommendation, I'm excited to try it.

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  37. Yum! I loved this recipe too and will definitely make it over and over again. Love your butter dish! I have the same one in Caribbean! :)

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  38. Mine behaved too! So nice to have an easy well behaving recipe! Yours look great!

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