Bread. Need I say more? I’ve had people ask me if a piece of garlic bread was worth the carbs (whilst I was eating said piece) and I was rather shocked that they even had to ask. I know many are trying to lose weight and I am too. However, I don’t believe in making myself miserable. As far as I am aware, I’ve got one chance on this planet. I am relatively happy with the way I look- and even though I could stand to lose a few pounds- I’ve decided to do that with exercise and eating healthy instead of starving myself and eating nasty tasting diet food. I’m not sprinkling powder on my food or even using wraps to punish my stomach muscles. I do portion control, and I don’t think one must remove the items one enjoys from a menu to lose weight.
Now, a good destroyer of diet plans everywhere, bread. A good rule of thumb in eating health is to avoid white food. White bread, white pasta, white rice- all have starch which can help pack on the inches and make you feel a little bloated. Eat wheat and whole grain foods- you gain your healthy servings of grain and satisfy that wonderful craving for a hot slice.
Ironically, my go-to recipe is for making white bread. However, I tend to alter it quite a bit. I got the original recipe from my Mum, and I believe hers came from a bread machine book. I use my bread machine quite a bit and this recipe is designed for the lovely machine. As in all bread machine recipes, you put the liquids in first.
1 cup + 2 Tablespoons water (make sure it is warm (but not scorching) so as to activate the yeast)
1 Tablespoon Oil
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1 Tablespoon Milk Powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups flour ( Here is where I substitute wheat flour a lot- just substitute up to half, but not over of the 3 cups or it gets really dense and sometimes doesn’t rise as well). I have substituted all of the flour for wheat before and ended up with a Frisbee.
2 teaspoons yeast
Put wet, then dry ingredients in bread machine. Set on the dough setting, and let the machine do its thing. I use this recipe for a couple of things.
If I am doing a loaf, I take a loaf pan, rub the insides with Crisco, and then dust with flour. This makes an amazing crust when you go to bake it.
After the dough is ready, dump out onto a floured chopping board and knead slightly. Shape and put in your prepared loaf pan and let rise until it is the size you desire. I usually do ½ to 1 hour as needed.
Bake for 30 minutes at 375 F.
Use the above recipe, but when you dump onto the floured board, cut pieces off the dough and start rolling. I use my pizza stone to get lovely browned rolls. Bake for roughly the same amount of time, but keep an eye on it so that it doesn’t overbrown.
My last batch of rolls is below, although I included my Mum’s homemade strawberry jam for color (I have had several people tell me her jam could be used as another form of currency).