Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Milling of Wheat into Flour and the Baking of Buns

Right, so some of you asked how I am milling my wheat.

See this handy little contraption below - it is called "The Kitchen Mill" by Blendtec and it is amazing!!

In goes the wheat...

...and out comes the flour!

It takes about 3-4 minutes depending on how much flour you need.

For the batch of buns below I needed 6 cups of flour.

I bought my whole grain wheat from New Life Organic Foods
and it is literally a giant sack of wheat..and the mill uses the entire kernel of wheat so you get all of the good stuff not like the grocery store bread which is so processed you aren't getting even half the fibre or nutrients.

Then I use my handy-dandy "Mix n Blend II" - this is a life saver!

I put in 2 cups lukewarm water, half the flour and the remaining ingredients - honey, salt, eggs, oil, and the dough enhancer - let it mix for about 30 seconds, add 2tbs yeast and the remaining 3 cups or so of flour...mix another 30 sec and then I press the auto knead button.


It needs the dough for a period of time - generally 2 minutes and shuts itself off when the kneading is done.


I am in love with this machine!

Then I oil the counter top and my hands to so the dough doesn't stick, 'cause it is sticky!And get to rolling!

I used to work in a restaurant here in town and had to bake buns so I am a whiz at rolling buns!

See - SUPER FAST!!! Ha ha ha!

I use instant yeast so I don't have to let the dough rise - but I do let the rolled out buns or bread rise until about double.

Ready for the oven!

Ta da!!!

Natasha - I got the recipe from the New Life website for the buns. Can I get your pizza dough recipe prett, please??

20 Minute Buns

2 cups lukewarm water

2 Tbsp yeast

1/3 cup sugar (I use honey instead)

1 tsp salt

2 eggs, well beaten

1/3 cup cooking oil

5-6 cups Flour

Put yeast in water and sugar. Add oil and eggs. Stir. Make a well in the dry ingredients, and add wet ingredients. Mix and knead. Cover and let stand. Shape into buns and let rise until doubled. Bake at 375F for 15-20 minutes. To double recipe use 3 tbsp of yeast. To triple use 4 Tbsp yeast.

I don't follow the recipe for mixing as I indicated because my machine does it differently

If I can bake buns...anyone can!


Dianne said...

AWESOME! Thanks! I'm working on Chris now. He seems interested. :)

Brendan and Mary said...

I got a taste of Rana's buns tonight and let me tell you, they were delicious!!

Littleone said...

There is nothing better than home made bread and buns. Just made some today since it was rainy and cold! Love the idea of the mill though. I just use the multigrain flour....hmmmm

Connie said...

Mmmm... looks yummy! I'm not sure if I'm capable of baking buns though. Never been brave enough to try it. (I'm such a disappointment to my mother!)

Shauna said...

mmm Rana, these look great! It's making me want to get all those gadget's to make them!!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Rana,
Such domestic talent you got there! Oh, and I loved that last little cheeky post of yours! Bread is a girl's best friend ain't it?
jen d

Ramona said...

Yummm... I need to get to the farm to get some grain ground again too... I've actually baked buns and bread three times since being home but P & M are no longer going through so much dabo (those nasty parasites liked carbs and bananas!) so I haven't used my energy on that lately... But maybe you've inspired me- rain is to come again tomorrow...

hazel said...

DAYUM!! This is impressive.

I like the blur of your speedy hands :-)

Christine said...

OMG, they are beautiful! I swear I can smell them.

Kristin Hickman said...

Mmmmm, nothing better than a fresh bun from the oven and the smell that fills your house! Good for you, it's something that I've been wanting to get my mom to teach me. My only worry is that I would probably eat the whole pan!

Curvy Runner said...

These look awesome! If I actually could cook decently I would be all OVER baking those. They look amazing!

Anonymous said...

I made the buns today and they were awesome!!!!! I just love the mill too. I didn't end up getting the mixer, but it does look pretty good. I will email you the pizza dough recipe.
oh and I am totally going to make the bagels!! Have you bought other things from New life?

June said...

the speedy rolling picture cracked me up!

So with that recipe, do you use instant yeast or regular yeast??

The Warren Family said...

I've been thinking of you both today and hoping that you passed court! I will keep checking back for an update...hope you are out celebrating good news, you deserve it that is for sure.

Anonymous said...

Been haunting your blog to hear that you passed court!

And as a person with Celiac who can't eat those delicious homemade buns I'll be ecstatic when you replace this post with your sweet little babe's face! :)