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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Stop Buying Store Bread: Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

I've never made bread before and this was an easy recipe very easy to make. As usual I don't have enough time and energy to come on to fill you all in on the things I really need to share. So one at a time. The most important post I can make right now at this moment is to stop buying store bread. There is 1 main ingredient and 4 other additives that we should be steering clear from.

AZODICARBONAMIDE... 

(A-ZO-DI-CAR-BON-A-MIDE)

Let that roll off your tongue for a minute. That is the main ingredient you should immediately check your bread and throw them in the trash if they have it. I did that last week. Why, what's the big deal about azodicarbonamide? Well it's the chemical used to make yoga mats. Essentially a foam type of plastic. It's banned in Australia and most European countries. In Singapore if you are found using this chemical, you get slapped with a $450,000 fine and a 15 year prison sentence. It causes/induces asthma as well. The bread brands we always bought were Nature's Own's, Arnold, and Big Marty's Hamburger Buns. I haven't had a chance to check the bakery breads, so I'm not sure what's the status on different stores. I was really pissed to know this is what I've been feeding my daughter who loves sandwiches. Don't count on the government to protect you, it's up to you to research the things that are going into your body. The FDA passes anything that will make them a profit. The U.S. profits from it's citizens sickness and diseases in case you didn't know. 

I'm always on a quest for knowledge, I'm trying to find out as much as I can about GMOs and the more I learned the more I'm convinced we need to buy 100% organic. It's expensive and hard to keep up with when every freakin thing is tainted. Everything I've learned about diseases such as cancer is this. It is a cumulative effect. Yes you're not meant to have it, but the accumulation of all these bad things from the air, the water, and most of all; food is what causes cancer.  Azodicarbonamide and the extra additives in breads today wreak havoc in your body long term. Additives such as:

  • potassium sorbate/potassium bromate
  • sodium benzoate
  • DATEM
  • high fructose corn syrup

I went back to basics. We don't buy orange juice. We make our own. Now that I've learned how to make bread, I plan to make our own, or invest in a bread machine. I have yet to get my own vegetable garden going but that's in my long term plans. In the meantime I'm buying fish/meats and high risk fruits and veggies organic, and low risk items conventionally until I can get a handle on knowing where to get the best price for each product. This is a must have recipe.


Honey Whole Wheat Bread Recipe 
Yield: 2  (9x5) loaves

Ingredients:

2 cups warm water (110 degrees) 
1 tbs active dry yeast
1/2 cup honey 
1.5 tsp salt
3/4 cup quick oats
1/3 cup vegetable oil 
3 cups whole wheat flour
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour/ 4 cups if you're skipping any oats or seeds

Steps: 
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Water should be warm to the touch but not hot. Add honey and stir. 
  2. Add oil, salt, and wheat flour, and oats. Stir until properly mixed. 
  3. Add all-purpose flour gradually. Knead dough on flour surface for about 10-15 mins until dough is smooth and elastic. All the flour will be absorbed. 
  4. Grease bowl generously with oil and put dough inside coating the entire ball of dough.
  5. Cover with a damp cloth and place in a warm place to rise for 45 mins. I put my oven on the warming feature and put the bowl inside. You can use the warming drawer if you have that feature as well. 
  6. When dough has raised/doubled in size, punch the dough in. Divide in 2 , and put it inside 2 greased 9x5 pans. You can sprinkle more oats on top. Next time I plan to add pumpkin seeds. Place it back in a warm place and wait for it to rise an inch or more. 
  7. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 mins. If you have a convection bake option, use convection baking. It will lower your oven by 25 degrees but it uses the fan to distribute the heat evenly which bakes the bread more efficiently. 
  8. Update 8/29/13, I reduce white flour depending on how much seeds/oats I want to add by 1/2 cup-1 cup. I also cover it and wrap it in wax paper and saran wrap to keep moisture for softer bread.


"When you are young and healthy, it never occurs to you that in a single second your whole life could change."
-Annette Funicello

 Enjoy!