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#1 of 3 Old 03-25-2011, 08:11 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm fairly new to Traditional Foods. I've ordered the menu mailer for a few weeks months ago, but got away from it.

I'm really wanting to start changing the way we eat breads. I've made bread before, but never habitually, more like just for the fun of it. But, I'm thinking TF bread is a whole nother ball game. I need help, recipe, instructions for converting recipes, anything really.

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hola.gif I'm new to TF, too. Try browsing back threads for ideas; that's my lurky-learner obsession right now ;)

 

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Ideally you want to make all whole grain sourdough bread from soaked or sprouted flour. You can buy sprouted flour online which gets you around the soaking conundrum, from what I understand. Personally, I have found the "5 minute artisan bread" method to be  a great way to get in the habit of making bread throughout the week. The authors have a new book called "Healthy Bread in 5 min/day". Because the method has a really long rise/storage time (24 hr to 2wks), I believe that qualifies as soaked :D Sourdough is the way to go for TF (I guess coz it helps you digest), and I dont know much abt that, but the 5min bread authors have info abt adapting their recipes to use with a sourdough starter--I think because the 5min method is so super-easy, it's worth checking out for getting into the habit of making all your family's bread (we love it! esp because you can use the same dough for flatbread, pizza, pitas, etc). The original recipe is not all whole wheat, tho there are one or two ww recipes in the book, and the 2nd book has more--also I think you can experiment w/ subbing spelt for the white flour or doing 1/2 spelt, 1/2 ww along w/ the sourdough starter--that's my plan anyway!

 

My fam is taking a break from bread while we transition to an omni tf diet, and then I'm going to start adapting our beloved 5min bread to be more ww and sourdough.

 

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I'm really really new to the TF bread making scene, so for me sourdough bread making is just too intimidating.  Here's my baby steps approach, with this recipe:http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2008/01/kitchen-tip-tuesday-homemade-bread.html

 

It's a soaked whole wheat bread recipe, which I've made three times (told ya I was new!) so far with a 2 out of 3 success rate (forgot the salt in the one loaf, so user error wink1.gif)  There's a link towards the bottom of the page to a site that scales the recipe down to one loaf, and has instructions for soaking and making the dough in a bread maker, and then transferring to a loaf pan in the oven.  Of the limited times I've made just regular bread in the past, this is hands down the best recipe I've found that makes good sandwich bread and is 'husband approved'!  It's also easy enough for me that I can realistically see myself making this on a weekly basis.

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