Sunday, September 5, 2010

Everyday Bread

Since adding wheat back into our diet, I make a lot of bread. Probably much more than I should. You can hear my bread machine whirring away 3-4 times a week. Someday the smell of fresh baked bread will lose it's magical powers... it's been a year at our house and I still struggle to resist tearing into loaves of hot crusty bread. Remember the cartoons where Bugs Bunny is lured by the visible scent that is tickling his nose and beckoning to him? I feel a lot like that.

Thank goodness for my bread machine, which makes this so simple that any busy parent can fit bread making into their life. Here is my most often used recipe, which goes together in seconds.

Everyday Bread

1 c hemp milk (or milk of choice)
1/4 c water
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 1/3 c all purpose flour
1/3 c spelt flour
1/3 c barley flour
4 tsp sugar
1 tsp sea salt
3 tsp flax meal (optional, but extends shelf life by helping bread retain its moisture)
1 tsp yeast (active dry yeast and bread machine yeast work equally well.)

Add everything to bread pan in order listed. Select basic white cycle on machine and turn it loose! (Note: the flour combination here works well on the basic white cycle. If you chose to use more whole grains and less white flour, the results aren't so great.)

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