Playing with Bread Dough

Lately I’ve been getting a bit more adventurous with my bread.  Last week when I made whole wheat bread, I ground some rye berries (I would have bought rye flour but couldn’t find it here and happened to have rye berries on hand), added some caraway seed and made a fantastic whole wheat rye bread.  I think my family is getting spoiled!


I added a few tablespoons of ground flax seed too.  Flax seed is supposed to be really good for you!  When I divide the dough in half, no matter how careful I think I’m being, I never get close so I use the scale to weigh out the loaves.


Cover the loaves with greased plastic wrap and now I can go downstairs and sew while the bread rises.


Now it’s ready to bake.  I have to stay upstairs now or I’ll forget all about the bread baking.


Turned out perfect!  I used my regular whole wheat bread recipe, but substituted about 2 cups of rye flour in place of the whole wheat flour and added 2 tablespoons ground flax seed.



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    Linda says

    That bread looks scrumptious!! And I LOVE the smell of freshly baked bread. Today would be an excellent day to make bread…dreary, chilly, wet…but sadly enough I have to work Maybe if I lived closer I could snitch a loaf off your counter & you’d never notice. LOLOL

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    Evelyn says

    We love homemade bread here too. My son loves pumpernickle bread so some day I will try that. Sometimes I send some oatmeal through the food processor and use 1-2 cups of that instead of the flour. Seems to work. For pizza dough I often add some sauteed onions and a pinch of herbs, mmmm. Now that I am in Europe I doubt I will make much bread this winter because we have fabulous bakeries, but you never know…

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    Yup… have spoiled your family…….but then all that good food (and the checkbook) should keep Chad coming home for a long time. The bread looks great!!!


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    OK, I’ve decided. I just have to come and live with you as one of your family. All that we have to do is decide whether you’re going to adopt me as mother, sister, cousin or what? I don’t mind, so you choose and then I will get packing. See you soon.

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    Denise says

    Judy – you just need to take a portable kitchen timer with you to sew so that you know when it’s time to check the bread. Even tho my sewing room isn’t far from the kitchen, if the machine is humming along, tv is on – I don’t necessarily hear the stove timer so set a separate kitchen timer in my sewing room to get my attention. 😉 Caraway rye is a favorite (those German roots I think) but sourdough caraway rye is my most favorite so I’m going to give some sourdough starter a try.

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    Joyce Barham says

    Wow! Your bread looks delicious! I can just imagine the smell. Love rye berries cooked and mixed with beans. Yum! Yum! I think I have a recipe with rye and cornmeal made into muffins! Boy! I need to go look that one up as it sounds wonderful on a rainy day like today!