I decided to mix up a batch of 100% Whole Wheat Bread, Plain and Simple from HB in 5, and I milled the flour right before I mixed the dough. My Nutrimill can be adjusted for the coarseness of the grind, but I have not played with that too much yet. I turn it on and set it sort of in the middle. The flour seems to turn out just fine that way
I measure the ingredients by weight, and have not had any problems with the dough being too wet or too dry. Jeff wrote about using freshly milled flour at Using Fresh-Ground Whole Wheat Flour, and he reached the same conclusion, though he did note that his dough seemed just a bit wetter. He attributed this to the coarseness of the grind, and observed that you might need to adjust the water based on your particular flour. I have noted before that when first made my dough seems a bit wetter, but after rising and sitting it seems to end up about the same. I am wondering if it just takes a bit longer to hydrate, though it is equally possible that I am imagining things. Jeff also noted at How’d That Fresh-Ground Whole Wheat Store? Report at 15 Days that dough made from freshly milled flour stored as well as dough made from store-bought flour, which would make sense since it is so much more fresh.
After rising and refrigerating, I baked a regular loaf, and a baguette, and they were great. Back in the day, as they say, I avoided wheat bread like the plague. I have noticed that the more I eat things that are "healthy"--things that I would previously not have eaten except under duress or to be polite--the more I like them. It appears that familiarity, at least in this case, breeds fondness rather than contempt. It also suggests that those of you who have family members who are not as fond of whole grains should keep at it, they may come around.
I next baked some pizzas, but they disappeared before I could take a picture. I rolled one of the crusts out using flour and the other using cornmeal. The cornmeal gets worked into the crust as you roll, and makes for a nice chewy/crunchy texture. Try it next time. Finally, I took the last of the dough, worked some Grill Mates® Roasted Garlic & Herb Seasoning into it, rolled it out, and cooked it on the grill. It was great!
I diced up some grape tomatoes, Vidalia onion, and cucumber; added some of my defrosted homemade pesto, some olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, mixed in the bread, and let everything sit to melge for about an hour. Pretty and tasty too.
So, in sum, so far I am really enjoying my mill and the bread I make from my flour.
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