I have been loving my sourdough bread. My children however have not. So, last week I happened up on a GREAT bread recipe. I found a dough recipe for cinnamon rolls, and the dough was so easy to handle and work with and tasty that I decided to try to make bread with it, and tweak the ingredients of course :)
While I understand that the health benefits of sourdough far outweight the common yeasted bread, I feel I need to compromise somewhere for the littles. Leiah is in school now and I'm packing her lunches and it's hard to make a normal sandwich with the sourdough bread since it's not as soft as storebought.
So, here are my loaves. I made the dough in the machine and then shaped it myself and baked like regular bread. This bread is 80% whole wheat and 20% unbleached white flour. I used raw honey, real butter, quality salt and bread machine yeast. It is absolutely perfect-in texture, taste and appearance. I will continue to make sourdough bread as well, but we are taking a little break from it for awhile.
I also wanted to add something I discovered. You know how everyone is going on and on about the benefits of fish oil supplements? Well, I've never been good at taking it because of the oily taste and the capsules make you burp which leaves a fish taste in your mouth. But, my husband ordered Carlson's Cod liver oil made and bottled in Norway- big family sized bottle. I watched my little girls take it easily and with a smile. I figured if they do it, mama should too. So I did and both yesterday and today I've felt so good. I haven't had mood swings or that stressed/panicked feeling, I've had lots of energy and an overall sense of wellbeing. That's the only change I made in the last two days. All last week I was worn out and moody and blah. What a difference!!!
Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Place in this order in bread machine:
1.5 cups of water
2 t salt
1/2 cup butter, softened or melted
1/2 c honey
4.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups all purpose flour (preferably unbleached)
1 T yeast
Program to dough cycle. When dough is ready, divide in two pieces and shape as desired. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.