A Graceful Maiden's Memoir

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to Him in song!" - Psalm 28:7

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Bread Tip

To all you bread bakers out there, I've found something wonderful! A bread recipe I had used some called for "wheat gluten", yet, until today, I'd never used it. Wheat gluten is wonderful! It made my bread rise higher, and seems to have improved the texture, making it softer. Plus, it's supposed to improve the freshness, we'll see how that works. But I'd highly recommend baking with wheat gluten!


  • At 10:36 AM, June 27, 2006, Blogger Jessica said…

    Oh, I know...baking with gluten is wonderful! I've found it's especially nice when using whole grain flours as it makes the bread less crumbly (along with all the other things you mentioned). We bake bread with it at home and I'm amazed at the difference when trying to bake at other people's homes who don't have any.

    Funny story about gluten...a couple years ago, my sister, not one of the main bakers in our family, decided to make a Boston cream cake or something like that. She was the only one home and so had to figure it out all herself...we have our wheat and white flours in separate places and she wanted to use white flour, but assumed it would be by the wheat flour. Well...she grabbed the gluten instead, thinking it was white flour and made a whole cake with it! It was...interesting...rather chewy and tough. So the moral of that story...make sure to label your gluten!

  • At 1:20 PM, June 27, 2006, Anonymous miriam hart said…

    Yes, my mother use to use when she would make bread. Now that I'm making bread, she can't find the gluten, so I haven't been able to use it. :( It's really good, though.

    Jessica, that is so funny about the cake!

  • At 2:25 PM, June 27, 2006, Blogger Anna Naomi said…

    Yes, it's important to label gluten! That's funny... =) It sounds like a mistake I would make, I make such silly ones sometimes...

  • At 5:18 PM, June 27, 2006, Blogger Ella said…

    I am not sure what Mom uses gluten wise. She is the bread maker in the family. She does grind her own whole wheat, and it's fabulous!

  • At 2:36 PM, June 28, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Today i made a sweet bread! I love making bread!


  • At 3:34 AM, June 29, 2006, Anonymous Damask Rose said…

    And I made my first wedding-cake! Amazingly it looks quite nice and now I have the fun of icing and decorating it.

  • At 10:01 AM, June 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Anna,

    I'm so afraid right now I can barely write! I went to a favorite website of mine called teen girl fellowship and they have this comment box. Well I commented saying how much I love the site. Well I went back to see if anyone else commented, and I it was not a chistian reply! There are some girls on there commenting on REALLY BAD stuff and they are swearing on there! I told them they need to stop and remember that this is a christian site. Well someone told me to get off and few other unkind words! I so was so shaken up I told my mom , and she said to never visit that site again. I cried so hard because nothing like that has ever happend to me! I'm still so shaken up and mod I can barley write. Please pray for me! I feel so sick over it! Write me soon!


    ps I feel like this is the only way to talk to you and get a fast reply!

  • At 12:41 PM, June 29, 2006, Blogger lioness_for_Him said…

    To the above poster (Ashely? Lovely name):
    Would you mind if I prayed for you? I've been in a similar situation, and I know how much it can hurt. Somehow, harsh words over the internet hurt almost worse than harsh words face-to-face.

    To the original post:
    Ah, yes, the smell of baking bread... did you know that that delectable aroma is actually alcohol? Or, I'm fair sure it is. The same chemical reaction, you know...
    At any rate. Bread baking is a wonderful pasttime, and quite useful. I sound so pedantic...
    I haven't made actual bread in a while. Just biscuits. And they're very easy to make, too! This reciept is an old one, and measuring cups aren't needed. It's more improvisational.

    Two cups flour (give or take)
    About a handful of brown sugar
    A three-finger pinch of baking soda
    Add some butter till mixture is crumbly
    Add buttermilk (soured) bit by bit, mixing in, until mixture feels similar to your earlobe.

    Put onto a cookie sheet (or any cooking pan) by handfulls, and then into an oven preheated to abt. 350 degrees fahrenheit.

    Check regularly.


  • At 1:47 PM, June 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    lioness for him,

    I thank you so much for praying for me!!!! There is this saying "Sticks and stones my break my bones but words can never hurt me." That saying is so untrue! It really hurt me alot! But I went back to the website because God told me to, so I listend to him and something wonderful happened! They girl who called me mean names, and she was sorry and was sad and was going to hurt her self because knowone loved her!!! I told her Jesus loves her and wants her to be his. I led her to Christ! I have to go but thank you for prayer for me!

    I'm gald you like my name! I'd love to write you! my e-mail is


    write soon!

    ~Ashley Of Morning Glory Cottage~

  • At 2:58 PM, June 29, 2006, Anonymous miriam hart said…

    I'll be praying for you, too.
    Do you mind if I email you also, Ashley?

    Back to bread:
    I'm going to start making different bread recipes soon.
    Currently I'm making the same one
    over and over.

  • At 3:03 PM, June 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yes Miriam you can write anytime!
    Anyone who would like to e-mail me can! I love getting letters from anyone! So my e-mail is


    Back to bread

    I just ate some of my bread i baked! It was my first time making bread! I love it!

  • At 3:33 PM, June 29, 2006, Blogger Ella said…

    I am truly sorry, Ashley, about what you went through. I have had to bear stuff like that many times. But, I have one quick question, and please don't think me rude. Did you ask your mom to go back on the website when you felt the Lord telling you to? I just want to check, because if you didn't, I know God would never to tell you to do something that went against your parent's authority.
    Anyway, I am glad that things have appeared to turn out alright.
    Oh, and anyone who wants to, feel free to check out my blog at www.growingingod.blogspot.com I would love for you too.

  • At 3:43 PM, June 29, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    ella ,
    i did ask my parents if I could get back on. They said if God told me to I should but they were very careful about it. I could never disobey my parents. Thanks for asking!


  • At 3:58 PM, June 29, 2006, Blogger Anna Naomi said…

    Ashley, I'm so sorry I haven't gotten back on your emails... I have been EXTREMELY busy! I'm leaving for 2 weeks on Monday, and then will be leaving the day after I get home, and will be gone for a week. So, I haven't had as much time as I would've liked. Plus, Miriam was here yesterday and today, so I haven't been online recently. I will try to email you soon!

    Damask Rose, it's neat that you got to make a wedding cake! I'm sure that was fun!

    Lioness_for_Him, thanks for the recipe, I might try it sometime! I had heard that the reaction in bread making was the same as the reaction acohol goes through, but baking bread sure does smell good!

    Thanks for all the advice you girls had, and I'm glad things have worked out, Ashley!

  • At 8:15 PM, June 29, 2006, Blogger Ella said…

    So, Ashley, since you said anyone could e-mail you, would you mind if I did?


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