Bread Machines for Health Conscious Cooks
Bread isn’t likely the first food item that comes to mind when thinking of ways to cook healthy. Besides, it takes a ton of time to mix, knead, let it rise and bake the bread. But with a bread machine, you can make a home-baked bread machine recipe quickly and easily and have the added advantage of making each loaf a healthy addition to your diet.
With a bread machine, you can skip the mixing, kneading and much of the waiting for the bread to rise before baking. New bread machines even have dough cycles which stop the dough from processing after the first cycle of rising. You can then form the dough into shapes such as rolls, pizza crust or baguette loaves. Other bread machine features will change your mind about baking healthy loaves of bread.
Want a gluten-free diet? Now, there are bread machines with gluten-free menu settings. You can use gluten free and organic baking ingredients that you couldn’t use with older models of bread machines.
There are also quick baking cycles which produce hot, ready-to-serve breads in a couple of hours. If you think you lack time to bake healthy loaves of bread, you may change your mind when checking out the new models of bread machines. Now, bread machines do everything for you except slicing and eating it and in such a limited amount of time that you’ll be amazed. Bread machines are versatile, too. They’re not just for bread anymore.
One recipe for a breakfast concoction of pancakes, waffles or French toast is approved by a weight loss clinic and involves whole wheat flour and uses the bread machine to do the rest.
Breads you make with a bread machine can include healthy herbs, spices, gluten-free and whole wheat flour and other additions that can help you enjoy your meals and know that you’re cooking healthy.
You’ll also be saving money by using a bread machine. The cost of healthy loaves of bread in a supermarket has skyrocketed in the past few years and it seems the taste has deteriorated. Imagine giving you and your family healthy sandwiches made with the healthiest bread ingredients possible and baked in your own home. It doesn’t get any tastier or healthier than that.
If the more expensive models are too high-tech or large for what you need, check out the smaller and less expensive models for your bread-making needs. Also, check out the recipes in books, websites and blogs online – you’ll be amazed at how healthy and fast you can cook with a bread machine.
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100% Stone Ground Whole Wheat Bread Machine Recipe
Serving Size : 1 loaf
3 cups 100% Whole Wheat Flour-level
3/8 cup Wheat gluten flour-level
1 1/2 cups Water at 110 degrees
3 tablespoons Honey
4 teaspoons Active dry yeast
2 teaspoons Salt-heaping
- Mix in separate bowl, flour, gluten flour and salt.
- Pour water into bread pan. It is important to use thermometer and that the water be 110 degrees.
- Sprinkle yeast into the water. Stir with wooden spoon until yeast is thoroughly dissolved.
- Add honey. Stir with wooden spoon until honey is thoroughly dissolved.
- Add flour mixtures. Gently stir in each corner of pan to help mix mixture.
- Place container in bread machine. Put on Bread menu (medium or light). Bread freezes well.