In the words of Oprah, I LOVE bread! I love the smell of freshly baked bread, I love toast, and dipping bread into soup. I love a sandwich with freshly baked bread. If you have an allergy or a gluten intolerance, I agree bread should be removed for health reasons but otherwise, a little bread isn’t a bad thing. In fact, it’s a personal joy of mine.
The problems are introduced with the amount consumed and the ingredients in the bread. The food industry sneaks sugar into everything! And a LOT of it. The reason makes sense: sugar is addicting and if you are hooked, you’ll keep buying more. That is why you’ll find sugar in sauces, panko, meats, some canned goods, and bread (sigh).
After getting back into my fitness routine, I was challenged to cut out sugar for a week. I’ve done the paleo diet and a whole 30 challenge but this was different because I had no other restrictions but sugar. This seemed easy enough until I started looking at the labels. Once I realized how much sugar was in most store bought bread, I started making our own bread and haven’t looked back. While I still need to work on making a sourdough, this basic bread recipe is easy, delicious, and doesn’t include any refined sugar.
1 1/2 cups AP Flour
1 1/2 cups White Whole Wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp overflowing dry active yeast
1/8 tsp natural honey (optional)
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 TBS Olive Oil
Optional: cheese, Italian seasoning, nuts, dried fruit
Baking dish with a lid
Mix flours and salt together in medium bowl along with any optional additions
Fill a glass measuring cup with warm water (should be able to stick your finger in without burning but starts to get a little too warm after 30 seconds)
Add honey and yeast (plastic or wood measuring tool, not metal) to water.
Wait 5 - 10 minutes to allow yeast to bubble and grow
Mix yeast water into the flour with a wooden spoon until it is all mixed and a ball starts to form
Pour in olive oil and finish mixing with your hands until a smooth ball forms
Cover the bowl with a towel leave it for 12-18 hours
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place the baking dish in the oven during the preheating process
Flour hands and form dough into a ball
Drop ball into the center of the heated dish and cover. Bake for 30 minutes
Remove cover and bake an additional 15 minutes
Remove from dish and let cool.