Every once in a while I really get the desire to make bread. Today was one of those days. While buying groceries at Publix, I decided I wanted to make some spelt bread. I knew we had some spelt flour at home, but unfortunately I wasn’t sure how much. Not wanting to buy another bag of spelt flour until we used up what we had, I opted for another type of bread. I happened to come across Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain Bread Mix and decided to give it a shot.
The mix included a packet of yeast and the 10 grain four mixture. I followed the directions with a little variation: I proofed the yeast in the warm water, used olive oil instead of canola oil (it’s what I had), and mixed everything in my kitchenAid mixer with the bread hook. With only these minor adjustments, I mixed the bread, let it rise, punched it down, let it rise again, formed the loaf, let it rise again, and baked it. I then let it cool. Waiting for fresh bread to cool before cutting into it is painful.
The bread turned out to have a very nice golden color. The crust did not burn before rest of the bread finished cooking.
After cooling, I sliced up some of the bread to go with our soup for dinner. As you can tell from the photo below, the crumb of the bread was not too dense.
The bread was soft and moist, but light. The flavors of the 10 grains was much better than typical white bread, but were not too strong.
I am not sure how the cost compares to similar types of bread from the bakery section of the grocery store, but with the mix costing $3.69 per bag I guess that the prices are comprable. That being said, there is something cathartic about baking your own bread. I enjoy the personal involvement and the sense of accomplishment that comes with the act of creating something. Mostly, I just like the taste of fresh bread.
I appreciate this particular mix because it saves me from having to purchase bags of each of the 10 grains separately. I also found the directions very easy to follow. Best of all, the final product was delicious.