FOOD Tonight’s bread attempt: whole wheat + bran

Dennis Olson

Chief Curmudgeon
Since there won’t be bread available for weeks, I’ve had to fall back on the bread machine once again. Tonight’s effort 100% wheat with wheat bran. I haven’t decided what nuts I might add yet. Just started it.

ETA: I’m adding pecans, hazelnuts and dates.
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passin' thru
Do you wanna do whole wheat/bran when the water is off? :hmm: :whistle::shr:
..or hopefully you have it back now eh?


Neither here nor there.
If you don’t already have the LDS bread baking book you should see about getting a copy, my bestie sent me a copy when I got married.

Dennis Olson

Chief Curmudgeon
...was going to say that that sounded real healthy, but the fruit and nut additions should make it good, too.
I always like to add a little something special unless I’m doing a straight white loaf. To this one, I also added a few white raisins and a tsp of cinnamon. Not more than 1/3rd cup of additions.


Has No Life - Lives on TB
Sounds delicious Dennis. I can eat 2 slices of whole wheat bread a day. And the molasses will pair well with the nuts and fruits. Sounds very tasty and hearty.

The bread sounds really good.


I always like to add a little something special unless I’m doing a straight white loaf. To this one, I also added a few white raisins and a tsp of cinnamon. Not more than 1/3rd cup of additions.
It's so easy for "healthy" to turn into another word for "awful." You're really making an effort to turn that around!


North to the Future
Well done, Dennis. Back in the 70s my late husband and I ground wheat and I actually kept us in cash by selling bread and buns. I can't believe now that it really happened but it did. I still absolutely love to make bread...all by hand. Even if I do not eat it, I have family who love it. The blue ribbons at the state fair are nice too. Glad you are doing this, it's a nice skill to develop. :) BTW, I still get my whole wheat from Natural Pantry in Anchorage, where I first started in the 70s.


Contributing Member
I'm drooling here! This makes me think of when my grandma used to bake bread every Monday. She would sometimes give me a treat of home made bread and quince jelly. So good! And mom baked the best cinnamon rolls and hot cross buns. But...I think the bread baking gene skipped me. I can bake a lot of things, but bread isn't my strong suit. I have often thought about investing in a bread machine, but I don't personally know anyone who has one. Could someone maybe recommend a good bread machine? I would like to use my own ingredients instead of having to purchase a bread machine mix. Reading about Dennis's home made bread has made me hungry for some. There is nothing quite like some home baked bread fresh out of the oven. I must admit, I love my carbs...too much sometimes! I'm perhaps spoiled, but I wouldn't want to have to wait for weeks before I could enjoy some bread. And your's sounds delicious Dennis:)

Dennis Olson

Chief Curmudgeon
If you like spending money, a Zoriuchi is considered the best on the market. But in the end, any machine will work. I had 6-8 failures before I figured out what to do in terms of doughball consistency. Once I figured that out, every loaf has been successful. But it was definitely a learning process. If you get one, expect a bunch of failures initially.

ETA: I don’t use a Zoriuchi. Just a regular machine.


Veteran Member
Anadama bread is alike to Boston brown bread...I've cooked it before....I think there's even a yt vid which shows how to cook in mason jars for long term storage.


Canadian Loonie
I bought a used Zojirushi in AZ one year - but since I eat most of the bread around here, I don't tend to make a lot. I it is nice having the 2 paddles though.


"just a human bein'"
It sounds like you are having a really good time with that machine.
Tasty too!

You taking orders yet?
Seems friendly to ask.


Veteran Member
I picked up a bread machine in a thrift store in AR for 5 dollars, complete with owner's manual; never played with it. When I moved to MI, it got lost somewhere among all the boxes and crates and barrels. Your bread machine threads make me want to dig it, and fuss with it. Or, I may go back to my favorite no-knead Peasant Bread recipe.

Mary Contrary

Veteran Member
The last time i made bread was 2 yrs ago. By hand. Used to use a bread machine and came out good, but hand is good too. I'm lazy so i just use white flour and throw in a cup of wheat bran i get at the large market. It is SO good with butter, but SOO fattening and this is why i stopped making it. House too cold in winter anyway. I may try again in summer.

Dennis Olson

Chief Curmudgeon
I had to make this twice. The first try I used 3C of whole wheat flour as the recipe called for. It was a brick. The second attempt, I used 2C of white and 1C whole wheat. I also used 3Tbsp of molasses rather than 1 ½. Though still dense of course, it rose twice as much as the first attempt. Flavor is fantastic.