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Adventures in Bread Making-Take 1: Honey Wheat

Update:  We have included a link to the bread machine we use since you all asked so nicely 🙂

In the Beginning-A Gift is Given

 

About four years ago I answered my mom honestly when she asked me what I wanted for Christmas. Without hesitation, I said “a bread machine.” I had been reading all these great articles about frugality and the benefits to the grocery budget of making your own bread. I was ready to give it a whirl-and a bread machine seemed the easiest way to do that. Christmas came and guess what? Santa left a bread machine for me at my mom’s house.

I was so excited for the holiday rush to end so I could start making my own bread, pizza dough, bagels and french bread. How exciting! Well, the holidays came and went and I was ready to make my first loaf of bread. I made a list. Went to the store to purchase ingredients (if you have never bought yeast before-it was like trying to find a needle in a haystack). Finally, I was ready.

Along Came Fear

 

I started reading my manual and immediately I was intimidated by the technology. I had to program it, choose settings, put ingredients in-in a certain order. All of a sudden, it seemed too complicated and I was overwhelmed. Yep, overwhelmed. By a bread machine. It is silly, I know-but, it is what it is.

So, I stopped. I was done. My husband, who is way more tech savvy than I, took over. He made a loaf of some of the best tasting white bread I had ever eaten in my life-amazing! This scene repeated itself several times over the next few months. Not me attempting to make bread; but, him making bread in MY machine.

Summer came and I put the bread machine away in the back of the cabinet, under the shelf. No, I was not hiding it! I was making room on the counter for other appliances I used more often. That was June 2010.

Back to our regularly scheduled program

 

Fast forward to May 2014. I just finished my third year of teaching preschool and the summer was wide open to me. I decided the best way to start my summer was cleaning my kitchen cabinets. I found a plethora of forgotten gadgets. One of them-my practically brand new bread machine. I felt the excitement begin to build again. I was ready to try my hand at this business of bread making. Again.

You see, a lot has changed since 2010. I have came a long way with my use of technology. I can use a smartphone correctly, I can attach documents to email successfully (ok, so I sometimes forget to actually attach the document; but, I CAN do it), and I can even edit pictures by adding text and all that really cool stuff. Point being, I wasn’t so intimidated by programming that bread machine anymore. It only took four years; but, better late than never.

I decided to try my hand at a honey wheat bread recipe.

Just as a disclaimer-we do try to eat clean most of the time-for us this does not mean we avoid wheat. That may change in the future; but, for now it is still occasionally a part of our diet

The recipe

I used the following and created a 2 lb loaf. The recipe is as follows:

  • 1.5 cups of lukewarm water (about 80 degrees F or about what you would use for a baby bottle)
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 4 cups of Kroger brand 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 packet of Kroger brand dry active yeast

My bread machine instructions say to place the ingredients in the baking pan with the wet ingredients first-so, I put them in exactly how it is listed in the ingredient list. Yours may be different-so, check the owners manual.

That is five ingredients folks! That is awesome for those of us trying to avoid overly processed foods.

Here are pictures of the finished product. I am proud to say I have overcome my initial aversion to my bread machine and look forward to creating and trying new recipes. If you try this recipe let me know-or if you have clean eating bread recipe that I can try in my bread machine-feel free to share!

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Here is the link to the bread machine we used:

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