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Whole Wheat Bread using Evaporated Milk
Posted By Jen On October 8, 2009 @ 12:05 pm In Muffins & Breads,Recipes | 14 Comments
Tackling homemade bread is a topic that sends any reasonable homemaker running for the hills.
I mean seriously, why would one spend hours mixing, kneading, rising, shaping, and baking when she can go to the store and purchase a loaf for next to nothing?
Forget the hours when your house smells like a slice of heaven, or that the family will crown you the next “Domestic Goddess of the Year. ”
It’s just a delicious hassle…unless you have one of these.
You could spend an entire day walking through our house and I guarantee that there would be only a handful of items that I purchased retail from a real or online store…and yes, this would be one of them.
It was an investment. An expensive investment, and one that I never regret.
Fourteen years ago, when I moved from WI to NC, I was terribly homesick and my monthly phone bill was racking up.
In the midst of a really “natural” cooking period, I wanted to make this purchase but couldn’t justify adding it to our monthly expenses.
I decided that for every dollar I could save from my monthly phone bill, I would put it towards my industrial strength kitchen machine purchase (Magic Mill DLX).I only had two small children at the time, but I guess I was planning ahead.
I nearly went cold turkey on my phone bills, and purchased my mixer four months later. I do have a Kitchen Aid, which makes two loaves of dough, but this will mix and kneed up to eight loaves of bread at one time. I still have to shape it, and form it into loaves, but this does all the kneading.
The result? A machine that gives me the “appearance” of a professional since I am not nearly in enough arm shape to kneed that much dough by hand :).
Yes, there are still learning curves to making homemade bread, but it is so worth the effort.
Hmm – one of these loaves is not like the other…
(Don’t let them over rise )
I tried a new recipe after cleaning out the pantry and finding some expired evaporated milk. Not wanting it to go to waste, I thought I would give it a try.
It was delicious, although the added expensive of evaporated milk offsets my desire to make it again (unless I would find a deal on it).
I’m posting the evaporated milk recipe, and will post my traditional one later.
Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
- 1 (.25 ounce) package rapid rise yeast (I used 1 TBS of instant)
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
- 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup melted shortening (I used canola oil)
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 cups bread flour (I used more whole wheat instead)
- 2 tablespoons butter
There’s lots more that got cooked, fried, grilled, and baked. I’ll post more later, but for now, this mom has got to go be a momma.
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