Kansas

"I like being in Kansas with access to good, fresh wheat," stated Roger Adams, Rare Books Librarian at Kansas State University, Manhattan.

Adams was the Runner-up Winner of the Adult Category in the Festival of Breads contest sponsored by the Kansas Wheat Commission. His entry was Multigrain Honey Wheat Bread made with whole wheat flour, oats, rye, rolled wheat, cracked wheat, wheat germ, buckwheat groats and rolled barley.

"My recipe has evolved over time as I like to be creative with ingredients. I like breads with depth and substance," said Adams.

Adams uses humidity in the oven, a pan of water or a water mist on the bread, and a baking stone to get the crusty outer layer. His advice to bread bakers is to take the chemistry of bread seriously.

Adams also bakes pies, scones, and pretzels and uses his talents to bake gifts for friends. Adams recipe can be found on the Kansas Wheat Commission's web site, www.kswheat.com.

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