Bread Machine Love
Hey guys! I realized that I hardly ever share my workouts with you, so thought I would today!
I woke up feeling a little sore from my heavy-weight lifting yesterday. So I took it a little easy on the work out front this morning.
- 10 pushups
- feet apart squats; 3 sets, 16 reps
- feet together squats; 3 sets, 16 reps
- ab crunches
- planks; 3 times, 45 seconds
My heart was really pumping after those planks, those are so hard for me! Also, the squats, I try to do them pretty fast to get my heart rate up.
Then, I took Chipper on a nice loong walk. It was really warm out today, surprisingly!
When we got home I had wonderfully cold oats waiting for me in the fridge that I had prepared before we left for the walk!
Today I really wanted to make bread…again. You see, there’s no bread in our house that is sugar-free. So I’ve been in bread denial.
I searched online and tried to decide between about 20 different 100% whole wheat bread recipes. I finally settled on two.
We have two bread machines, so I made one loaf in each!
I love my bread machines! Look at them, hard at work. Knead that bread!
They take all the hard work out of baking bread, I highly HIGHLY recommend them!
For the Cooking For Seven loaf (above), I let the bread machine knead it and let it rise. Then I punched down the dough, put it in a greased bread pan and let it rise again in a 170°F oven for 40 minutes.
It rose soooo beautifully and baked wonderfully, I just took it out of the oven and it smells glorious!! I won’t be able to taste it though, it has sugar! Haha, I don’t know why I made it if I’m not going to eat it yet. I’m just weird.
Doesn’t it just look so soft and fluffy! The secret: vital wheat gluten! Whole wheat flour is different from all-purpose in that it doesn’t have a lot of gluten, so when baking 100% whole wheat bread you NEED to add it in! The gluten keeps the loaf soft, pliable and not crumbly!
As for the AllRecipes loaf, it did not rise very much at all. I actually omitted the sugar on this one so I can eat it.
Don’t mind how irregularly misshapen it is. This bread machine’s pan is tall, not like a “regular shaped” loaf. It looks weird, doesn’t it. Haha.
I was reading reviews on AllRecipes, and a lot of suggestions were saying to add a 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten. So I did.
Look how fluffy and soft it came out!! You’d never know it was 100% whole wheat!
I bet you’re wondering….how did it taste? Well,I’m surprised by the taste. I left out the 1 1/2 Tbsp. sugar that it called for and it actually doesn’t taste too horrible! It’s pretty good plain…
but it’s even better smothered with Polaner Strawberry Fruit Spread! Ahh, heaven.
I’m FINALLY getting the hang of making my own bread. This makes me SOOO happy. I’m so excited! My goal of eating only homemade bread this year might not be so hard after all!!
I really REALLY encourage you to make your own 100% whole wheat bread sometime. The two recipes I use here would be a good place to start since they are not hard at all. Good luck!
Check out Nicky’s sugar-free pudding recipe!
Also, I listen to this podcast called The Nutrition Diva and she has done a few very informative articles on sugar that I really liked! There’s two: Why Is Sugar Bad? and Is Natural Sugar Better For You?
We’re on the final stretch of Sugar-Free week, only 3.5 more days! Have you caved yet? I haven’t!