Honey of a Healthy Bread
Apr. 7, 2009 8:23 pm
Updated: Apr. 8, 2009 2:44 pm
Well, with all my health issues lately hubby and I have done some drastic changes to our diet. One thing is increasing our grains and fiber. So when hubby asked me to make him a honey oatmeal bread, I decided to play. I made Honey of an Oatmeal bread as listed the first time.. Hubby was in love. Asked me to see if I could make it healthier. So here we go.
1) The next three loaves were a gradual switch from white to 100% whole wheat flour, each time getting denser and more crumbly.
2) Research led me to learn about the importance of gluten in bread, especially whole wheat bread and the recipe is now 3 cups whole wheat flour and 3 tablespoons of gluten... Now my loaf is not as dense and is actually close to white bread.
3) I learned you can add wheat germ and oat bran to many recipes without altering the flavor at all, this was learned from a recipe I found for some muffins and pancakes I started making my picky eating son to increase the healthiness.. So I added 2 TBSP of each to the recipe. This was great but did make the bread once again more dense and crumbly.
4) Then I came across the ultimate healthy chocolate muffin!! IT used ground flax seed in it.. After researching what I can use instead of ground flax seed, I learned that ground flax seed can actually replace up to 40% of the flour in a recipe of muffins or pancakes with little affect to the end result. One article actually stated that it created a softer texture and that using it improved the over all health of the product. So I snuck in 1/2 cup of ground flaxseed.. And WOW the texture of the bread was GORGEOUS.. Soft and light, and a lot less crumbly.
5) I do want to point out that in this first attempt I did not add the 2TBSP of oat bran or wheat germ.. That will be my next adventure.
Also, I have learned that a good honey to use with this recipe is buckwheat honey.. It has a very strong flavor and dark color. The honey flavor comes out over the wheat flavor and helps the recipe to maintain the qualities of a Honey bread.. Although I really do not think you can tell it is an oatmeal bread anymore...