October 3, 2011
This may not be a surprise to you, but I grind my own wheat into flour. I’ve been doing it for about 6 months and I just love the way my breads, muffins, scones, pancakes, waffles…anything that requires flour tastes! The only drawback to freshly ground wheat is that for 6 months I’ve been getting bricks for bread when I’ve tried making it in my bread machine.
What makes a “great” loaf of bread? It depends… but definitely not one that is so dense it has a brick like texture. Height is important too. It’s hard to compete with fluffy store bought bread; so fluff is another important thing to consider when having kids. One of the main reasons for making my own bread is that I get to control the ingredients… so in order to achieve a store-bought texture, height, and fluffiness without added chemicals… it can be very difficult. Then they say that baking is a science… they are not kidding!
I used to have a $50 machine that worked fine to make loaves with traditional bread flour. All I could add, at most, was ¼ of it whole wheat. Any more than that and I would get bricks for bread.
When I purchased my Nutrimill grain mill, I was determined to make 100% whole wheat bread only using fresh flour. The ONLY way to achieve that was by baking the loaves in the oven. The process does take a bit longer and requires a bit more work, but eventually, we’ve achieved great loaves of bread. The only problem: the oven heats up my kitchen!
Once, I purchased the Zojirushi Bread Machine, it all changed (in 2010). The programmable option allowed me to create a “program” for whole-wheat bread, one that I’ve been using since!
So I began to test this option since I was determined to achieve a 100% whole wheat loaf with freshly ground flour despite the mixed reviews and many discouraging posts about this online. Sadly, the bricks continued to come out of the bread machine. How could a $250 bread machine with two paddles that everyone LOVES not be able to do this? Very frustrating to say the least.
For months, I’ve searched the internet for recipes and custom programs to set my bread machine to bake the perfect loaf. The Zojirushi Bread Machine has a “Homemade” setting which allows you to alter the settings to suit your taste. I am happy to report that the perfect loaf came out today!
Note: The only adjustments I made were to the baking cycle. I don’t know if there is a way to adjust the machine temperature or not. I leave it in its default temperature.
I am only familiar with programming Zojirushi Breadmachines, not other brands.
Here are the custom settings:
Rise 1—45 min.
Rise 2—50 min.
The custom program can be set according to your Zojirushi’s Bread Machine instruction manual -each model is slightly different.
100% Whole-wheat In My Bread Machine!
- 1 ½ cups hot water
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoon oil
- ¼ cup honey
- 4 ½ cups fresh milled flour
- 1 teaspoon gluten
Make a small well in the middle of the flour and place:
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- Bake on programmed settings.
- Make sure paddles are in place.
- Add water, salt, oil, honey, top with flour, gluten then yeast in the pan of the bread machine.
- Select your cycle and bake!