We LOVE bread!  Definitely a carb family.  I have been making it a goal to NOT buy bread but to only make it.  I feel if we are going to eat bread – it should be homemade.  I know I’ve written about my new found LOVE of the bread machine but I will remind you about that LOVE.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  I’m not a fan of baking the bread in the machine – but to make the dough in the machine – walk away and then pull it out and put it in a loaf pan and bake it – superb!  You don’t get the weird hole from the paddle, the weird shape from the bread machine pan, but for a busy mama who wants wholesome homemade bread – this is the perfect solution.  Trust me – I like to have my hands in the dough and kneading it – but reality sets in – I can make a dozen loaves in the time I can make 1 (not truly) but you know what I mean.  So this is how we are taking the little shortcuts to having homemade wholesome bread.

I made a loaf the other day and it truly was the BEST loaf yet…… Is this weird that I am so excited about a loaf of bread?!  Even if it is, I’m going to run with it – it was YUMMY!  It was a honey wheat bread – but of course I had one drop of honey left in the pantry, so I used agave nectar instead and I added a couple teaspoons of flax seed – OMG – so sweet, moist and delicious.  It took about 3 minutes to drop the ingredients in the pan and then turn on the machine and walk away until an hour and a half later, you remove the dough, place in the loaf pan, let rise until double and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes (give or take).  There you have it.  Anyone can do it.  No excuse now for buying preservative laden bread anymore.  Try it and you’ll see just how simple it is. 

And what is better than the smell of fresh baked bread? Not much.

Honey Wheat Bread

1C Water plus 1 T warm water

1 egg

2 T Honey (or agave nectar)

1 tsp salt

2 1/2 C bread flour

3/4 C whole wheat flour

1 package yeast

(sometimes I reverse the whole wheat flour and bread flour amounts- you get a bit of a denser bread)

put the ingredients in the order above in your bread machine and turn it on to the dough setting and walk away.

once the dough cycle is complete – remove dough and place into a greased loaf pan, let dough rise to desired height

bake for about 30 (+/-) minutes at 350

slice and enjoy 🙂

Well, the weather finally cooled off a bit so I was able to turn on the oven yesterday and Ryder and I got busy baking. 

 

I tried out the recipe for zucchini chocolate chip cookies from AVMand they are awesome!  The whole fam loves them.  I even brought some to my co-workers to try and they too liked them.  For those of you who have tons of zucchini this is a great way to use them up- and who can ever get tired of chocolate chip cookies!?

I was in the baking mood yesterday (which isn’t normal b/c I like to cook more- you know a little bit of this, a little bit of that.  I’m not into measuring). 

But I have been wanting to try this recipe for Honey wheat flax seed and sunflower seed bread (minus the sunflower seeds b/c I didn’t have any).  Well it was fabulous!  I recently dusted off my bread machine – which was sitting on the pantry floor for the last 5 years, if not more, and have been loving it.   Ryder and I love to make bread now.  It’s so easy, the house smells great when there is fresh bread baking.  And say what you want about the bread machines, but I think it’s wonderful, you can have fresh bread all the time.  I know it’s not quite the same as getting your hands in there and kneading the bread yourself- but when you have 2 kids, a job, lots of hobbies, etc, this makes it easy to have fresh, healthy bread with no preservatives.  And talk about cheap.  A loaf of bread costs you pennies when you break it all down.

So go dig out the bread maker that you haven’t touched for years, dust it off and watch how excited everyone is when there is a fresh loaf of bread baking.  I use it too for pizza dough (which I must say is the best pizza dough recipe- thanks Kendra.  It’s also great for kids – it’s easy and fun for them to watch – Ryder loves to check the status of the bread. 

  Here are a couple of my faves I’ve found, hope you and your family enjoy them too.

Flax and sunflower seed bread

Pizza Dough (adapted from the Bread Machine Cookbook)

       1 1/3 C. Water

       2T olive oil

       1 1/2 t. salt

       4C. flour

      1 1/2 t. yeast

set on dough cycle. Makes 4 thin crust medium pizzas.  Bake @ 500 degree F. for 10 – 15 minutes.

if you want thicker crust let rise for 30 minutes after rolling out dough.