Last week I ran into the grocery store to get a few things for meals, fruits for the morning, frozen spinach for my dinners and bread for sandwiches for Nick and I. I grabbed a bag of 100% Whole Wheat bread, a better choice than white, but to my surprise..not as good as I thought. Ingredient #3 was HighFructoseCornSyrup (HFCS)and the last 14 ingredients were all preservatives and nutrients that were added in at the end. Big disappointment. Whether or not you believe that HFCS is fine for your body, the fact of the matter is that HighFructoseCornSyrup is a HIGHLY processed sugar substitute, which is why I am choosing to eliminate it from my diet. Not because it’s a sugar product.
Part of the reason I was so excited to go to the farmers market was to get a loaf of bread from any one of the local bakeries. However as I laid in bed this morning, it was a quick realization how comforatble I was and that I probably wasn’t going to make it downtown. When I got up, though, I was determined to do something else good for my nutrition today. 1st, I watched a new movie on Netflix: Engine 2: Kitchen Rescue, which I highly recommend. 2nd, I made this bread for sandwiches for the week.
The recipe calls for rapid rise yeast*, honey* and oil*, which I didn’t have, or didn’t want to put in the bread. Instead I combined 4.5 teasponn *active dry yeast with 1 cup of hot tap water in order to activate it. I then combined the remainder of the water, milk, *maplesyrup and *applesauce in a sauce pan to heat it up a bit, then combined that with the yeast mix. Whole Wheat Flour was slowly added one cup at a time and mixed with handmixer on low. The rest of the directions were followed as presented in the recipe.
The results: DELICIOUS! It’s very moist and not to sweet, and to boot, it’s easy to make and I know exactly what’s in my bread from the get-go! My first sandwich was a new favorite: pickles and cheese, made much better by homemade bread!
Try the recipe, and let me know what you think! I can’t wait to try different combinations for flavorings, and see where I can take the recipe on my own. Now to find a recipe to try for Week 2!
Happy Saturday, and of course, Happy Eating!