I'm a big fan of Artisan Bread in 5 minutes a Day. I wanted to try out a healthier option, by using my whole grains. I do have a grinder. But to be honest, it is not the easiest thing. It takes a bit of time and sounds like an airplane is in my house.
But, I do have a Blendtec blender. Hot dog, I love that thing. So, I got a scoop of 7 grain mix, put it in the blender, put it on level 9, and let it go. What do you think?
Add the salt, yeast, and water..and let it proof for a bit.
Then mixing just to incorporate all the ingredients.
Here it is. Mixed. It took about 1 minute to mix it to this consistency. The point here is to just get it all wet. Then let time take over to make your dough awesome. I usually start my dough in the morning, and then bake it in the later afternoon.
Just cover and let it rest, while you go about your business. No big deal. I know the creators of this recipe make a bunch of dough, and store it in their fridge to use throughout the next couple weeks. But me? I just bake it all up the same day. My family eats about 2 loaves, and then I usually find a few friends to share the rest of the loaves with.
Form loaves, about 1 lb each. Let rest for about 40-60 minutes. The longer they rest, the bigger the bubbles in the loaf. Also, they should spread out, not so much rise up.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees with a Baking Stone* on the center rack, with a metal broiler tray on the bottom (never use a glass vessel for this or it will shatter), which will be used to produce steam. (The tray needs to be at least 4 or 5 inches away from your stone to prevent it from cracking.)
When ready to bake, place on the stone (I use a pizza peel to put it in the oven-using corn meal on the bottom), and bake for 30-35 minutes until the loaf is a deep golden color.