I have embarked on my favorite hobby ever. For Christmas, my parents gave me these 2 machines:
The Nutrimill Wheat Grinder and the Bosch Kitchen Machine. Um, wow. I circled them for days. It took me awhile to even figure out for sure what these machines were capable of. “Kitchen Machine”?? What is that supposed to mean anyways? They terrified me.
My mom wasn’t coming out of left field. She remembered when I read In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan. His philosophy on food is simple: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants. I highly recommend it, it was eye opening. The most startling chapter in the book was about bread. He documented the evolution of bread, leading up to the stuff sold at grocery stores now that looks just like bread. In fact, I recently learned that based on FDA guidelines before 1977 (they were changed that year), most of the bread sold in our grocery stores today should be officially labeled “imitation food”. Anyways, I digress. Mom heard what I thought of all this, and she knew that after some research I found that I could not afford to make my own wheat flour and bread. So here we are.
The Nutrimill is a wheat grinder. Well, actually, it will grind any dry grain like rye, barley, oats, or corn. It is so simple (I was embarrassed to realize this after being so overwhelmed with it at first). You simply pour the wheat berries in the top and it makes flour in the bottom compartment! Like so:
Then, you take a simple whole wheat bread recipe with simple ingredients like wheat flour, water, honey, oil, salt, and yeast. And you let the Bosch do the kneading, like this:
In that picture it still has a ways to go. It needed much more flour and kneading, but eventually it looked like a giant lump of dough being shoved around the bowl. And here is the final product:
I haven’t perfected this yet, but I plan to. When my Colleen came to town last weekend, we decided to think outside of the bread box and come up with some other recipes using the wheat flour. We made wheat pancakes with blueberries, apple cranberry cookies, and carrot cake. Since then I have modified the wheat bread recipe and made jalapeno cheese bread and cinnamon bread. I have some bananas on my counter and walnuts in my pantry begging me to make banana nut bread. Yessssssss.