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Flour Roulette:Making Bread

Posted by Midnight Dust on December 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

I pick up all kinds of flours, brans and seeds to add to my meals.  They usually just sit in my cabinet or fridge waiting for that special moment of “lets possibly mess up this baking recipe”.  Its a fun game I fondly call flour roulette.  I just don’t get the science of baking and to me all flours are the same.  That is not really the case though.  I wanted to make this amazing bread using garbanzo, soy, brown rice, rye and various other flours. When it came out of the oven, it was a dense brick. It tasted good but not really classic bread like…more like a dry cake that you wouldn’t give to anyone you actually liked.

So, why bake my own?  It’s not a huge deal to find bread for Rob to eat.  I mean its bread, its carb, its whatever, he expects to take insulin.  I just really wanted to make something for him that was good, healthy and amazing with as little all purpose flour as possible.  I got the idea from a friend of mine who had started a cooking blog http://gypsychef.wordpress.com.   I was so impressed with the fact that she would make her own bread to save money.  For whatever odd reason at that time, I didn’t use her recipe and instead followed one I found online using 100% whole wheat flour, no white.  That turned out great but I wanted healthier!  That’s when the edible paper weight came into existence.  After talking to my friend about it, I finally followed her easy recipe and I have to say, it’s pretty great.

This all happened about a year ago.  I’m blogging it right now because I remembered a recipe on her site for clementine cake (by Nigella Lawson) which intrigued me and I just spent 3 days trying to find it.  I could have simply sent her an e-mail but that takes away the fun out of facebook stalking and going through her life one post at a time. I also thought it might be a good time to talk about my epic bread failure because of my lack of any baking skills.   You just can’t make it up as you go along like with cooking. I plan on making the cake this weekend, along with my grandmother’s christmas cookies.

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