We sure do go through the bread here. Well, not a ton but about 1-2 loaves a week. Yum 🙂 I would like to have a less carby diet but ombegeez, fresh bread is good.

I’ve been making our bread for a few years (with a break taken for morning sickness and when C was tiny!) and have failed A LOT. At least a couple good loaves have come out of it though! 😉 It’s easy, quick, and is much healthier than store bought bread. Plus C can “help” me bake now, which is messy AND fun!

Recently I experimented with baking bread in a dutch oven after seeing a friend TOTALLY succeed with it. Alas, I gave up after a few tries of TOTALLY failing 😦 . Anyone out there have advice for that?

Here are my current favorite recipes:

NO KNEAD!! Whole Wheat Brioche (Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day)
4 c whole wheat flour
3 cups UNBLEACHED all purpose flour
1.5 T yeast
1 T kosher salt
.5 c vital wheat gluten
2 1/4 c lukewarm water
1.5 sticks melted butter
3/4 c honey
5 large eggs
 
Mix everything together. Cover and let rise for a couple hours. Shape into loaves. Cover and let rise about an hour. Bake 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 2 loaves. 
 
 
Triple Cheese Bread (King Arthur Flour recipe)
3/4 c water
2 t yeast
3 c unbleached all purpose flour
2 T honey
1.5 t salt
2 T butter, softened
.5 c shredded cheddar
.5 c cottage cheese
3 T grated parmesean
 
Dissolve yeast in water. Add remaining ingredients. Knead for 8-10 minutes. Cover and let rise. Deflate, shape a loaf, cover and let rise. Bake 30-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 1 loaf. 
 
 
Everyday Oat Bread (from A Sonoma Garden who got it from Bob’s Red Mill)
1 1/4 c water
1.5 T honey
1.5 t salt
1.5 T melted butter
1/3 c oatmeal
2 c unbleached white flour
1 c whole wheat flour
2 T vital gluten
2.5 t yeast
 
Dissolve yeast in water. Add remaining ingredients. Knead for 8-10 minutes. Cover and let rise. Deflate, shape a loaf, cover and let rise. Bake 20-25 minutes at 425 degrees. Makes 1 loaf. 
 
 

Extra Tidbits of Information

  1. I use white whole wheat flour.
  2. Using unbleached flour is really important.
  3. Covering your bread while it rises is imperative!
  4. I buy my yeast in bulk at Costco, so much cheaper!
  5. I use whey (from straining my homemade yogurt) instead of water.
  6. I always make wheat bread. White bread is yummy but doesn’t fill me up and leaves me wanting more in 5 minutes!! Plus wheat is healthier if you ARE going to eat carbs!

I am a very amateur bread maker. If you have any tips, please let me know!

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