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Graham Biscuits with Yeast

  • 1 pint water or milk
  • 1 large Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsps sugar
  • 1/2 cup yeast
  • Pinch of salt
  • Wheat flour/Graham flour
Take enough wheat flour to use up the water or milk, making it the consistency of batter cakes. Add the rest of the ingredients and as much Graham flour as can be stirred in with a spoon. Set aside until morning. When you awake the next day, grease a pan. Flour your hands, take a lump of dough the size of an egg and roll, roll, roll it lightly between the palms of your hands. Let them rise for 20 minutes (be patient, you rascal). Bake in a tolerably hot oven at 375 degrees F.
Submitted by Tess M Jun 12, 2009
11 min 20 min 31 min

Wheat

  • The wheat germ or embryo of the wheat seed contains vitamin B and vitamin E which has been linked to brain health and Alzheimer's prevention
  • 100% whole grain wheat is good for the digestive system of most people and provides relief from irritable bowel syndrome
  • Whole grain wheat is high in vitamin B which breaks down fat and helps the nervous system
  • If you are looking for the healthy wheat products, avoid labels with words such as "enriched," "bleached," and "semolina"
  • Japanese scientists tested over 300 varieties of wheat and found that the Einkorn variety was least likely to trigger allergic reactions such as the ones experienced by people with Celiac disease
  • In the 1950's, scientists created new hybrids of wheat that are shorter and hardier
  • Wheat products today are higher in gluten through the farming of hybrid wheat strains
  • The use of wheat to make bread dates back to Ancient Egypt
  • Corn is the only food produced in higher volume than wheat and much of that is for consumption by animals
  • Whole grain wheat is good for controlling diabetes because it is high in the important mineral magnesium
  • An American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study indicated that women who consume whole wheat weigh less and lose weight more easily
  • 100% whole wheat products are high in fiber and manganese
  • Wheat that has been highly processed loses the most healthy parts: The germ and the bran

Yeast

  • Professional bakers often use fresh compressed cake yeast which is more predictable and easy to dissolve
  • Rapid-rise yeast has a different baking behavior from other types of yeast and will have a flavor that is more bland and texture that is more simple
  • Active dry yeast and instant yeast can be used interchangably
  • Test your yeast before baking: Add to a small cup of warm water and then add a Tbsp of sugar - If it foams, it's ready
  • Yeast and the leavening process create the air pockets and sponge-like texture in bread
  • Yeast activates the fermentation process, turning carbohydrates into gas (carbon dioxide) and alcohol
  • Yeast is a single tiny cell nearly the same size as a human red blood cell
  • Yeast is a type of fungus in the same family as the mushroom

Sugar

  • The American Heart Association recommends the following for daily sugar intake: 9 Tsp (Men), 5 Tsp (Women), 3 Tsp (Children)
  • The average american consumes over 20 teaspoons of sugar per day
  • Most sweeteners including sugar and fruit extracts, cane juices, honey, syrup, etc. have a fructose/glucose ratio of approximately 50/50
  • Fructose is found in sugar and most sweeteners and is unhealthy because it goes straight to the liver causing diabetes and heart disease
  • Sugar is sometimes referred to as "evaporated cane juice"
  • Many people choose sugar over high fructose corn syrup because sugar is not as highly processed
  • Consumption of sugar increases insulin levels, increases energy, but then leads to a drop in both and likely a craving for more food
  • Sugar is a carbohydrate with about 9 calories per sugar cube
  • About 40% of the world's sugar production comes from Brazil
  • The fully mature sugar cane stem can grow as tall as five meters
  • Sugar cane and sugar beet are the most common sources of refined sugar
  • Sugar is sucrose which can is found naturally in many plants
  • Christopher Columbus is credited with bringing sugar to the Americas
  • The process of creating sugar through evaporation of the sugar cane juice began in India
  • The earliest known production of sugar dates back to 9000 BC in the southwest Pacific island of New Guinea

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