Mmmm Bread

Honey Whole Wheat Bread

I have been making our bread for a little while now but it took me some time (and some semi-disgusting loafs of bread) to find the right combination. I tweaked a couple of recipes to come up with this one. I wanted something that was fairly easy with few ingredients. I was also looking for bread that worked well as sandwiches as well as just eating plain. Plus at the time I started I only had a kitchenaid mixer and most recipes were too large for it. Getting a Bosch mixer has rocked my world! I love it!!!

1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
2 1/2 cups hot water
1/4 cup wheat gluten
1/4-1/2 cup ground flax seed
1 tablespoon yeast
approx. 6 cups whole wheat flour (I grind mine fresh using hard white wheat)

Mix oil, honey, salt and hot water. Add wheat gluten, flax seed and 1 1/2 cups flour. Mix well to let the wheat gluten develop (approx. 2 minutes). Add yeast and mix. Add 2 cups flour and mix well (approx. 4-5 minutes).

Make sure to be using the dough hook on the mixer at this point. Slowly add the rest of the flour in 1/4-1/2 cup increments (approx. 2 cups) mixing well in between until the dough pulls cleanly away from sides of the bowl. Using the dough hook, knead bread for about 5-8 minutes.

Place in a greased bowl, cover with damp towel and let rise for one hour.

Punch down and form into 2 loaves. Place in 2 large greased bread pans. Cover with a damp towel and let rise for 1 - 1 1/2 hours.

Bake at 350 for about 35 minutes. Let cool on wire rack for 10 minutes before removing from pan.

There is nothing better than hot, fresh bread with raspberry freezer jam.


Take me out to the ball game...

Grey got to go to his first Rockies game. We loaded him up with nachos, a hot dog, and peanuts. Isn't that what baseball games are all about?

On his way to the game

So happy to be with daddy


G at School

Zoo Day

Grandma & Grandpa K met up with us at the zoo last week. Grey got a very different zoo experience than with me. He got spoiled with the

train ride

and the carousel

What a lucky, lucky boy!


1 month (and 2 days)

I meant to take pictures and get them up on Elise's ONE-month birthday, but things take longer with kids! Last week it took me two days to get our grocery shopping done. Whew! She is a sweet little baby and we adore her. She is plumping up very nicely!


Denver's Finest

We spent our Saturday morning at the Mile High Flea Market. What a kick! We loaded up on fresh corn, pineapple and grapes at the farmer's market. Then wandered the "streets" looking for deals. Almost got a grey-sized scooter but came home and ordered one off the internet instead. Then finished with a few kiddie rides for Grey. It is a pretty interesting place!

Hanging Around...

We have been spending quite a bit of time at home--getting used to our family of four! It is really nice to just do our own thing, not having to be anywhere, and to take a lot of naps. I must say this second time around has been SO much easier of an adjustment than with Grey.

In case you forgot what they look like--a few photos of the KIDS