We now have our wheat cleaned and dried. What do we do with it? In this pictorial, we will talk about grinding the wheat and making bread.
Step One... It is now time to grind your wheat into flour. Just a note here. Most wheat mills will not make cake flour. My grinder makes wheat into a product that is just a bit finer then farina (cream of wheat). However, this is just fine for making a fine rustic loaf of bread, and is probably similar to what our ancestors made bread out of.
Step Two... Grind your wheat. I really like using a flexible-folding plastic cutting board. It works great for sliding the ground product into your container.
Step Three... Grind what you need to make your bread. I never measure anything, so I just guestimate what I need and adjust the liquids to match what I ground. Add your liquid (beer is my favorite).
Step Four... To make the bread you will need yeast (or beer, I used both) your ground
wheat,sugar and salt. You can add some fat, like butter, oil or yogurt
if you wish. I am using a bread machine to knead the dough, mainly because I am gardening at the same time. But it is not needed. Add the yeast, sugar and a little warm water. Let it sit for a few
minutes. Then add the flour and salt and any fat or herbs you may want
Step Five... Knead the dough and let it rise once. Then, knead it again and place it on an oiled sheet. Let it rise under a cloth until 2x the original size. I like to cut a cross in the top. It is a traditional European thing to remind us that Christ is the bread of life.
Step Six... Bake it at 400 degrees until done. Smear a generous amount of butter
and enjoy. Keep the dog away. It goes good with a pint of
Guinness...but what doesn't?
Remember, prepping is not only about storing stuff. It is also about knowing what to do with it. Next time I will discuss Farina.