Who doesn’t love bread? I feel sorry for people who get caught up in counting carbs…I love carbs! Carbs give me long-lasting energy (whole grain carbs, that is) and they’re umm umm delicious! And of all carbs, I’d have to say bread is the best!
My mom taught me how to make this wonderful Honey Whole Wheat Bread when I was still a kid at home. This is what I grew up on and this is what my kids are growing up on. This stuff is our bread staple, used mostly for sandwiches and toast. A batch makes four loaves; we immediately use one, and I freeze the rest, pulling out one loaf at a time as needed. The aroma of this stuff baking is unbeatable. I use 100% hard white wheat for this bread.
I’ve recently learned to make this Italian bread, thanks to the Food Nanny. My husband LOVES this stuff. I use about 60-75% hard white wheat flour and the remainder unbleached white flour for this. The loaf with the sesame seeds works really well for BBQ chicken sandwiches, a good Saturday dinner. The plain loaf turns into really good garlic bread with some slight modification.
I have always loved dinner rolls, but have never been very good about baking them. I guess I’ve just never had a very good recipe, until of course I tried Liz’s Crescent Rolls…yes, another Food Nanny recipe. Oh my gosh these are good! My husband and kids’ mouths start wattering at the first sign that I’m making these. They have become a sort of Sunday staple at our house. We usually eat about half the batch for dinner, then I freeze the rest in sets of two in zip lock bags. My husband can then pull out a bag in the morning and take it to work, where the rolls then thaw out perfectly in time to go with his lunch. I’ve done a lot of experimenting with different wheat/white proportions. They taste fine with all whole wheat flour, but the texture is a little off. For softer rolls I use 50-60% soft white wheat flour, and the remainder unbleached white flour. I’ve never tried any of these breads with all white flour, which makes for bland bread in my opinion. I prefer the flavor that wheat provides, and I like to know that my bread is full of nutrients and fiber.