My neighbor got a grinder as a gift. She buys grain, makes her own flour and then makes homemade bread. While it’s obviously easier to stay on the good side of a generous neighbor like this, for some reason the urge to make my own bread from my family’s wheat hit me.
Making a Very Local Loaf of Bread
1 1/3 c. warm milk
4 T butter, softened
½ c. honey
2 ¾ c. whole wheat flour
1 ¾ c. white flour
2 t. salt
about ½ cup total of: dry milk, cracked wheat, wheat germ (and whatever else your neighbor gives you)
2 ½ t. instant yeast
Combine all of the dough ingredients in an electric mixer. Mix and knead until you’ve formed a smooth, slightly sticky dough.
Let the dough rise in the bowl for 1 hour. It won’t have doubled in size, but should be just a bit puffy. Divide the dough into 8 – 10 even pieces, and shape into oval rolls. Place them on a lightly greased baking sheet and allow them to rise, covered, in a warm place for 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Bake the mini-loaves in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20 ish minutes until the bottom is slightly browned.
*Recipe and flour grinder courtesy of my most excellent neighbors. Thank you!!!