I’m Back, Maybe

So it’s obviously been a while since I have written anything.  When I expressed in an earlier blog that babies were time suckers I underestimated how much a toddler would steal my time!  I have a great support system here and a great preschool that my little man is going to so I am hoping to be able to get back into the writing game.  We will see.  I will try to be back here soon with more blogs to share.  Of course, you may not hear from me again till next year.  At least this is a start.

I wanted to share my new love of the bread machine with you!  I am crazy about my Cuisinart and have been making a loaf or two of bread a week I love it so much.  I cannot tell you how much fun it is experimenting with new recipes in this machine.  Not only because it is fun but because it is so easy that if it doesn’t come out right I’m not pissed that it didn’t work.  I just compost that sucker and start again (more on my composting at a later date).  The bread machine came with a couple of recipes that are great but I, of course, needed to make them my own.  The problem is making a soft whole wheat or whole grain bread.  So far I have not been successful with a true whole wheat recipe but I am going to share with you my favorite recipe so far.  I am going to keep trying and will share any improvements I come up with.

Multi-Grain Bread for the Bread Machine – 1 1/2 lb loaf

1 cup almond, soy, coconut, real milk (whatever you have in the house)

1/4-1/3 cup water (depending on how dry your climate is)

2 tablespoons butter

1-2 tablespoons honey (I usually don’t measure, just pour in a glob)

1 1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup bread flour

1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup multi-grain hot cereal (I use Trader Joe’s found near the oatmeal)

2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten

2 1/2 teaspoon fast acting yeast

3-4 tablespoons seeds or chopped nuts of choice (I use 2 tablespoons of Trader Joe’s super seed & ancient grain blend then add a tablespoon of raw pumpkin seeds)

Warm milk, water, and butter in a microwave safe cup for about 1 minute or until the butter just starts to melt.  Place everything but the nuts/seeds in your bread machine according to the manufacturer’s directions.  I do mine in the order listed above.  Select the wheat setting if your machine has one for 1 1/2 lb loaf with medium crust color.  After the first mix check the bread to see if you need to add more water.  Where I live I use 1/4 cup in the summer and 1/3 cup in the winter.  My machine has a timer to let me know when to add the seeds/nuts but if yours doesn’t add them before the last rise.  Let the machine do the rest.  I do cool my bread with a clean towel wrapped around it to help keep the crust softer.  As tempting as it is to eat this right when it is done it is best to let it cool before slicing into it.

That’s it for now.  Hope you enjoy this recipe and let me know how it turns out or if you have any suggestions to make it better.

 

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What do you want?

I have decided to let you choose some recipes for me to makeover and make healthier….I’ve already received a request for a pecan pie makeover (which is definitely a challenge)!  We will see what I can come up with for that one!  I am looking for anything that you love but know is not a healthy choice!  I will choose a couple of your suggestions and make them over for my next post! 

Happy recipe hunting!