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I absolutely love bread, especially good homemade bread. I haven't baked bread in so many years, I'd be a rank beginner. I'll have to try any easy whole grain recipes I can find here, so many recipes! Awesome

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My son just made whole wheat bread. I swear I love good bread more than chocolate. emoticon

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I love homemade bread also. What I have been using for a while is the book ARTISAN BREAD IN 5. Five minutes to mix, and I have wonderful dough to shape and bake during the next week. My bread machine is sitting gathering dust. The best thing is that I can bake just two dinner rolls, one for hubby and me, which makes portion control a snap. I know I'm heating the oven extra for just two rolls, but that's better for me than the temptation of having a second piece.

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On days when a slice of bread will add too many calories and carbs to my nutrition tracker, I get a little satisfaction with a serving of Melba toast or Rice Cakes. Not quite as good as bread, but they do take the edge off the craving for me.

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Definitely bread and bread related products. DH and I love it so much we have a bread maker.
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ROSEBODE:
Did you get a chance to try the whole wheat French bread recipe? How did it turn out for you? Any problems with the recipe or the bread?

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3/30/11 2:53 P

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I love bread but not thick slices so I buy sandwich thins, deli flats or bagel thins. I enjoy thicker slices like french bread when I make overnight french toast.

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Thank you so much for the recipe I am going to try it tonight.

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To ROSEBODE: French bread is one of the most "simple" breads to make. Here is my recipe for French Bread:

This makes a (1 lb.) loaf. For larger 1 1/2 lb. loaf (or 2 oven-baked loaves) do 1 1/2 times these measurements (except keep the egg white/water amounts as is):

1 tsp. Active Dry Yeast
1.5 cups + 3 Tbsp. Bread four
1.5 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/3 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. Honey or Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Shortening or margarine
1 c. Warm Water
1 egg white
1 Tbsp. water

Pour the warm water into the inner pot of the bread machine. Add the honey (or brown sugar), shortening and salt. Add the flours. Make an indentation in the top of the flour and put the yeast in the indentation. Set the machine for "DARK."

Beat egg white just until foamy; add the 1 Tbsp. water. Use as directed in options below.

OPTION 1: BAKED IN THE MACHINE. About 5 min. before the actual baking starts (near end of final rising), slash top of loaf with a sharp knife or razor for split effect. Brush top lightly with the egg white/water mixture. Close cover and let machine continue until done.

OPTION 2: BAKED IN THE OVEN: Prepare cookie sheet(s) by lightly greasing or spraying with no-calorie cooking spray, then lightly sprinkled with corn meal. At end of final rising, before baking cycle, pour out of bread machine onto lightly floured bread board. Divide dough into even portions if wanted. Cover and let "rest" for 10 minutes. Roll each portion into rectangle (about 10" x 13"). Roll up tightly beginning with long side and sealing well as you roll. Taper ends if wanted. Place each loaf diagonally, seam side down, on a cookie sheet. Or put into bread pans which have been lightly greased or sprayed. With sharp knife slash across top of each loaf every 2 1/2 inches, 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep. Brush top and sides with the egg white/water mixture. Cover with damp cloth and let double in size (about 1 1/2 hour) in warm place. Bake in moderate oven (375 degrees) until very light brown, about 20 minutes. Brush top and sides again with egg white/water mixture. Continue baking about 20 minutes longer. Place on rack to cool.

NOTE: I will bake this in the machine if my oven is otherwise busy or I am pressed for time or if it's for just "everyday" use, sandwiches, etc. Otherwise, or if I want it to look like "real" French" bread, I bake it in my oven. Keep in mind that using whole wheat flour will make a coarser texture, so use less if you want--just keep the same total amount of flour. I use bread flour rather than all-purpose flour because it does help with the texture a bit.

I hope these directions aren't too confusing. Some bread machines are only for 1 lb. loaves while others are for larger loaves, so I have indicated each.

This recipe will give you less than 100 calories per slice, depending on the thickness and size of the slice. But it is a low fat, low sugar, low sodium recipe. Most of the calories come from the flours (carbohydrates).

Although you can use the "bread machine" yeast, I like to use "regular" dry yeast especially when I intend to bake it in the oven.



Edited by: TRICIAN13 at: 2/13/2011 (16:50)
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Wow you started at where I am starting now. I dream about getting into the 140. Congrats to you

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I love bread. That's just one of my guilty pleasures. Will you share your recipe using the whole wheat flour for your French bread.

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We use the Arnold's Sandwich rounds. As I am not a big fan of lots of bread, these are perfect for us when we have a grilled hamburger. I use these for all our sandwiches. I also toast one slice of this for my breakfast.

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1/23/11 9:31 P

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While it is not home made--have you tried the sandwich thins? Only 100 calories for the top and bottom combined, and whole grains are available.

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1/23/11 8:55 P

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I've never been that big of a fan for regular. I've always loved the buttery bread like biscuits and credential rolls. I thought I couldn't live without them, but I was wrong. So I guess I can't live without regular bread for my lunch sandwiches.

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I had the most wonderful homemade cinnamon rasian bread loaf. My friend makes this and she makes mini loaves to give to friends. This is the first time that I have tried it. I lightly toasted with real butter and a little dab of fruit spread. I could imagine how this would be hot from the oven with a little butter and fruit spread.

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1/21/11 4:45 P

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I started using a bread machine for mixing and kneading breads several years ago when I had shoulder problems. But, it was so much easier I have just kept using it. All I have to do (after it is mixed, kneaded and allowed to rise the first time) is pour it out of the machine pan, let it rest for 10 minutes, shape it into loaves, let it rise for about an hour and bake it. I very seldom use a mix--I have converted my regular (from scratch) bread recipes to use in my bread machine and always use at least 1/2 whole wheat flour (even for sour dough and french breads). My family's favorite, and the one I make most often, is a whole wheat sourdough herb bread with onions, garlic and dill. In addition to converting the recipes for use in the bread machine, I modified them to be low-fat, low-sodium and low-sugar breads that taste great.



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I've never used a machine, but at least for hand mixing, you can sub in up to a third of ww flour for white. Also, King Arthur flour has a white whole wheat that is incredible!

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All your breads sound really good. I will have to try the method of mixing and kneading in the bread machine and bake in the oven. Thanks for sharing

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Quite true! Also, home made does not seem to mold nearly as quickly--so much for preservatives!

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I am almost as bad about breads as I am about chocolate! But I can't stand plain white bread--no taste to me. I love a GOOD whole wheat, multi-grain and/or sour dough bread but I do limit myself to no more than 2 slices per day, so if I want a sandwich for lunch, I don't have bread at any other meal.

I make almost all of our bread--from scratch (even sour dough). However, I do use my bread machine for the mixing and kneading. Then, I take it out of the machine and shape the loaves however I want/need then bake them. This is a lot less "work" at making bread.

Over the years, I have experimented a lot and learned to make almost any kind of bread this way. I particularly like a sour dough whole wheat bread. Using the bread machine for mixing and kneading also helps limit the amount of bread I make at one time so I don't have several loaves on hand.

I have also found that, if you're making the bread from scratch you can cut down the amount of fat/oil and salt to about 1/2 the amount in the original recipe. Also, with the whole wheat or multi-grain breads I use honey, brown sugar or molasses instead of white sugar and sometimes I add nuts and/or finely chopped dried fruit.


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@HCARTZ1964 who asked about suggestions for celiac:

Gluten Free Girl and the Chef! Shauna has a great blog and also a new cookbook that has been rated one of the best of 2010.
http://glutenfreegirl.com/

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Quick, Sherry257, call the real estate agent and sell the house : ) : ) : )

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I just baked bread and the house smells wonderful. I made 2 whole wheat loves.

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Ooooohhhh...sounds wonderful! With a bit of cream cheese, mixed with just a touch of sour cream, and a great glob on finely chopped candied ginger....

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Yesterday I baked 6 loaves. I included unbleached flour, whole wheat flour, rye flour, 12- grain mix, milk, eggs, honey and molasses. Each slice will provide a good amount of fibre and protein as well as carbohydrates. And it tastes *GOOD*
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The key for me is to have some one elses tummy to tuck it into!

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Bread, for sure : ) I *need* bread for breakfast and lunch, not so much at dinner. I love baking bread, and I experiment with different flour combinations. Fun, and delicious!

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Yep I love it. I bake it too! I have found a way to bake my bread and not have three loaves to eat up every week however. I bake a double batch each Saturday (6 loaves), so the house smells great, I get to have my fun and keep my starter going, and then pack up bread for church. We pass it out, first to visitors, then to whoever--if someone is sick, or has company, or needs a lift, or is just in the right spot at the right time. Long live the bread ministry!

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found out I have celiacs anyone out there with a great non gluten suggestion

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I like bread alot, it is useful and keeps foods together. Seriously though, I do like bread and only eat the whole grain ones and they are delicous and filling.

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I grew up eating white bread 100% of the time for breakfast. It was hard to give it up but when i switched to whole grain bread I noticed that not only do i eat less white bread but that I don't eat bread(in general) as much as I used to.

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I love bread but since I've started this journey I've learned to eat fewer sandwiches. For me that's saying a lot because I can make a pasta sandwich, bean sandwich or anything I can put between bread. LOL So I thank God that I eat Whole Wheat bread in moderation. Will never put it out of my diet.

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I eat strictly 100% wheat bread also, there is nothing like the taste of a great wheat bread.

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I made the mistake of buying ciabatta (not sure on spelling) love it!!! What a great sandwich! so that is on the "only once in a while" list. Other than that, I love the Sara Lee Wheat 45 calories and delightful - 2 slices for 90 calories!



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I love the fancier breads. But, I have quit buying most of the time. When I do use them, I have to remind myself that because the toaster has more than one slot, I do not have to use them all.

Most of the time I use Aunt Millie or Healthy Life breads that are only 35 to 40 calories per slice. I have almost cut out margarine. I use jam that is 10 calories a tablespoon or soy butter.

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The Arnold thins (100 cals per 2) are really, really good. I make a huge veggie sandwich on one of those and it fits nicely into my mini-meals approach. I know I have 150 cals to 'spend' on toppings. Or sometime eat 2 sandwiches and use 50-100 cals for a filling if I'm really hungry. It's nice to have 2 sandwiches for 300 cals or under.

I'm not really that attached to bread, but sometimes a sandwich is MUCH easier to eat than making something else. I use them for breakfast sandwiches as well with egg & spinach.

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I, too, love bread! Have always had whole grain breads, but always had to have 2 slices to make a sandwich. Am limiting myself now, and its hard!

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i was never really into bread-but then don't know if i had good bread until i started trying to get healthier. i love the whole wheat 12 grain bread. very seedy & nutty flavor.

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I am going to start making my own bread. I have used my bread machine to make it some, but I want to try artisan bread. This way I can decide what goes into it and how much I make.

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Bread is easy for me to give up. I love bread, but it has to be really good and very few places have good bread. We have a couple of bakeries that make really good bread and I stay far away from them

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Probably bread! I love all kinds of bread! Specially whole wheat, with seeds and stuff like that! I try to limit to 1 meal a day though! If I have bread for breakfast, that's it! No more bread that day!

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