Brick by Brick by Brick: Bread Baking Fail

No, I’m not building anything. Although, it seems like I could.

I’m trying to learn to bake whole wheat breads.  I’ve tried what seems like countless recipes.  And it’s not that I just stink at making bread.  Oh, no.  I’m pretty confident in saying that my white breads are pretty phenomenal.

I just really want to learn to make a good wheat bread.

I’m feeling very frustrated.  I’m a big believer in the idea that cooking and food should not be elitist, but that it should be something that people come together to share and build community.  But I can’t shake the feeling that I am just not doing it right.  I just don’t have the right equipment or flour or whatever it is to make decent wheat bread.

I’ve tried a few different kinds of flour.  Stone ground from several companies, whole wheat flour, white wheat flour.  I’ve tried adding vital wheat gluten.  I’ve tried countless recipes.  I just can’t get it to come out.

This morning, my latest failure was wheat buttermilk biscuits (pictured above).  They were inedible to all of us except little Cricket who dipped hers in ketchup and gnawed away after gleefully telling us they hurt her teeth.

What can I do?  Do any of you have any suggestions?  Is there a no fail wheat that you’ve had success with?

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