My friend Sarah W just introduced me to www.breadbeckers.com, an excellent resource. There, you can order a free copy of "Do Not Eat the Bread of Idleness." I've read the condensed version and learned a lot. It's a summary of the damage done by white flour. If Jesus is the Bread of Life, bread should be healthy, right? For so many years, I avoided purchasing bread from the store because it just didn't seem healthy to me, but I didn't know what to do about it!
Bread is one of the most difficult changes about a whole foods diet but it will seem normal someday! When your husband comes home to the smell of fresh-baked bread, he may not think this diet is to bad after all. :)
Purchase wheat berries from Azure Standard or Bread Beckers.
Purchase a grain mill from Urban Homemaker or Bread Beckers. I know it's pricey to get started but I calculated that it more than pays for itself. I had a Kitchen Aid mixer already, so I paid about $100 for a grain mill attachment.
Rearrange your kitchen so that the grain mill and wheat are easy to access. (I put my wheat berries in a large bin with a scoop in it that takes up an entire cabinet.)
Pour wheat berries into grain mill. Voila! Out comes freshly-milled flour! It couldn't be any easier!
Put ingredients into bread machine (instructions to come) or make bread by hand.
Our Current Bread Recipe (adapted from Bread Beckers)
1 1/2 cups very hot water
1 cup cold almond milk (can use organic whole cow's milk)
3 eggs (optional)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup honey
1 T sea salt
6 - 7 1/4 cups freshly-milled flour
4 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
Combine water, milk, eggs, oil, honey, and salt. (Temperature should be just right for yeast.) Mix in yeast. Add flour to make a soft dough. Knead by hand or with mixer's dough hook until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Shape into loaves and let rise until double. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes. Makes 2 - 3 loaves.
If you want thin, sandwich slices that most resemble store-bought bread, I would recommend an electric knife (about $10 at Target) or wait until cool to slice with serrated knife.