The LeBaron Bunch, kinda like The Brady Bunch only BeTTeR

"Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. but the body is never tired if the mind is not tired."
George S. Patton, U.S. Army General, 1912 Olympian

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Emily D. says "let's get quizzical"

Miss Fabulous Emily D asks what is Vital Wheat Gluten and powdered honey (btw it's just what is sounds like, powdered honey or honey in a powdered form...) and what is Dough enhancer. I will tell you the text book answer and tell you what my MIL Queen of Yeast..err... no wait... the Queen Breadmaker (sounds better) says. First of all, what isn't Vital Wheat Gluten? It isn't an herb or a flower, I know it's not a nut or spice. I do know it isn't a whole lot of things it isn't an intrument of distruction or a musical one either. The possibilies are endless, I could keep going and going. But that would be just showing off and I'm the modest type. So, I guess it could be a type of tool, tools aide in making a project or process become easier, it provides a leverage. So onto the text book answer from our friends wikipedia says that vital wheat gluten is...

a food made from the gluten of wheat. It is made by washing wheat flour dough
with water until all the starch dissolves, leaving insoluble gluten as a gummy mass, which is subject to further processing. Wheat gluten is used by bakers to increase the chewyness of breads.

Dough enhancer. hmm let's see. Wikipedia says.... No page with that title exists.
Okay, so let's go to the next better reference....k that just sounds weird, how about an even better reference. (there we go) <3>
vital wheat gluten and dough enhancer help the bread stay together so it
doesn't crumble when you cut it or toast it. It also makes it so the toaster
doesn't start on fire from all the bread droppings. (sounds like she's had experience.)
As for the powdered honey, yup you sure can subsitute sugar or regular honey for it. I put powdered because it makes the mix so you can make it ahead of time and just add water. It's pretty handy that way.

1 comment:

Emily said...

Thanks for the enlightenment on the subject. One of these days I need to get more serious in the kitchen with this kind of stuff. Yes. . . when the rest of my life calms down. Oh. . . bother. . . by then I'll be dead though. Better find a way to fit it all in now then right? :)

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