Way back in the fall, I decided to try my hand at baking bread. I bought the bread bible and followed her detailed instructions with strict obedience. My bread was not the light and fluffy loaves that the book promised and while edible and rather tasty, not worth the effort. Learning to bake really good bread remains on my to do list - the long list, the list of things to do this decade, not this week.
My goal is fueled by my picky palate. I really like good bread but it is so hard to find. One of the things that I hate most about moving is finding decent bread in a new town. I generally don't venture any farther than the local grocery stores but have found through trial and error that there is a lot of lousy bread on the shelves. My ideal loaf would be 100% whole grain (no white flour), tasty and the perfect balance of chewy and airy.
Well, I found it. I found my ideal loaf. And I can't tell you how happy I am to have really good bread every morning. It is made by a bakery in Canada called Silver Hills and get this it is flourless. That's right, it's not made of flour at all. I didn't really understand how this could be so I did a little research. Apparently, they start with whole grains (unprocessed kernels of wheat, oats etc.), and then they soak the kernels until they sprout, and then they mash them. Voila! no flour necessary! They make a lot of different varieties using different combinations of grains and seeds but my very favorite is kamut. Kamut is the kind of wheat that the ancient Egyptians grew - who knew, right?
From their website I have learned that their bread is only sold in the west coast states and BC. So if you happen to live in one of these blessed states and you wanna try some mind blowingly good bread - I suggest you look for this and try it. Am I obsessed? I don't think so, just really really happy to have found good bread.
Interested in trying sprouted bread but you can't find Silver Hills bread? Try Ezekiel Bread (sometimes in the freezer section). It is also sprouted and quite good. I especially like their raisin bread.