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Super Duper Yummy Made from Scratch Bread
At the end of the last school year, my family drastically changed the way we eat. I've lost about 10 pounds, my boys are a little bit calmer, and my hubby is happy that his family is eating the way he'd already been eating for quite some time. To sum it up, we made three significant changes:
- We cut out preservatives.
- We got rid of most all sugars.
- We eliminated red and yellow dyes.
When we started this journey, one of the first things I started doing was baking my own bread. It's surprisingly much easier than you might think, and SO much healthier than store bought bread. It did take me a few months to find a recipe I'm happy with, that my family will eat, and that meets my "real food eating" requirements, but I'm so happy with what we landed on!
Note: I use a bread machine. This one, to be exact. It's the Mac Daddy of bread machines (although my husband says I'm not supposed to use that phrase anymore. Child of the 90s...). I just use the dough setting, let the machine do all the work, then bring the bread out and bake it in my oven. I like it much better that way.
Here's the easy, healthy recipe for my Super Duper Yummy Made from Scratch Bread!
- 1 packet of rapid rise yeast
- 3/4 cup of warm water
- 2 tbsp raw honey
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup plain almond milk
- 2 tbsp melted butter (I use hormone free butter from my local Homestead Creamery)
- 2 1/2 cups of whole wheat bread flour (I use King Arthur's brand)
- A palm full of ground flax seed
Seriously, that's all! Of course, you can substitute cow milk, store-bought honey and butter, and any kind of bread flour, but these ingredients make the best tasting, healthiest version of the bread.
- I find it helpful to run my mixing pan for my bread machine under warm water, then dump the packet of yeast in.
- Add the water and let it sit until the yeast looks milky. Stir it around to mix completely.
- Add the salt, honey, butter, and almond milk, stirring between each one.
- Add the flour last (don't mix).
- Put your bread pan in your machine (some people use their mixer in place of a bread machine, letting it rise in-between) and set it to the "dough" setting. Let it go!
- When the machine is done (mine usually takes about 2 hours), pull the dough out and dump it onto a floured surface. Gently flatten it into a rectangular shape, then roll it over into a kind of jelly roll shape.
- Tuck the ends under to make a bread shape, and use a knife to make 3 slashes on top. This allows the bread to cook evenly inside. Put it in a bread pan (I've used both metal and stoneware...both work just fine for me).
- Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
I usually make 3-4 loaves in one day, save one to eat and freeze the rest, wrapping them in paper towels and aluminum foil. They freeze really well and stay very moist!