Thursday, April 1, 2010

Making Healthy Things...Healthier

Matt LOVES homemade bread. Awhile back he requested a bread that was "heartier" than the standard honey/oatmeal bread i was making. I tried cracked wheat bread, which somewhat appeased his taste buds. Then I discovered a recipe with wheat berries...which was good but was missing something - the elusive flavor that you know is missing you just aren't sure what to add the next time. Then, in an attempt to see how much "healthy" stuff I could cram into one recipe I came up with the variation of my honey whole wheat bread. When Matt had 4 slices just at lunch one day, I passed his test. Next step - family trials - this weekend.


Honey Whole Wheat Bread (the original)
1 pkg yeast (dissolved in)
2 1/4 c. warm water
1/3 c honey 1 tbs salt
1/4 c. butter - softened
3. c ww flour
3-4 c. reg. flour

follow the standard rules of yeast bread:
mix together, knead until it sticks to itself
raise until it doubles in size (approx 45 min.)
punch down, 1/2, make into loaves
raise again (approx 45 min)
bake at 375 40-45 min

wait for it...
wait for it...
wait for it...

the healthier & HEARTIER version!
1 pkg yeast dissolved in 1/4 c warm water
2 c. warm kefir whey or kefir
1/3 c honey (I don't actually measure that - just eyeball it)
1 tbs salt
1/4 c butter - softened
1/4 c wheat germ
1/4 c wheat bran
1/4 c milled flax seed
1-1 1/2 c cooked wheatberries/wheat bulgur/steel cut oats
2 c WW flour
2-3 c reg. flour

standard instructions (as above)

Wheatberries/bulgur/oats concoction:
2 c boiling water
add 1 c wheat berries - boil approx 50 min
add 1/4 c bulgur & 1/4 c steel cut oats (more water if necessary) boil additional 10 min
cool to room temperature

I wish I could go into a long rant about all the health benefits of this bread, but to name a few (based on my limited research): kefir whey (or kefir) is a great source of protein as are steel cut oats, wheat bulgur, wheat bran, and wheat germ are all portions of a piece of wheat berry (I think), thus the benefits of the WHOLE grain and all the extra portions, and flax seed has lots of omega 3s - great for baby's developing brain.

For more information on kefir: www.yourkefirsource.com
In the past people have asked me to explain what kefir is. After many attempts i started saying, "It's yogurt on steroids. It has all the benefits of yogurt, and more!"

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