When our family started making a conscious effort to eat more “real food” I switched us from cheap white bread to the fancy “all natural” whole grain bread in the store. Then I became a little wiser about labeling and I looked at the ingredients. I was shocked to see how many ingredients are in store bought bread. Even the “all-natural whole-grain” versions have dozens of ingredients including preservatives and other chemicals. Almost all of them have GMO soy, corn or sugar.
My alternative was to buy a bread machine. I picked one up at the local thrift store for $20 and it’s earned me back that money 10 times over.
For sandwich bread I use this recipe from 100 Days of Real Food but I needed something for hamburger and hotdog buns.
I found a few that were OK but I just wasn’t quite content. They were too sweet or too crumbly. Many of them had dairy products which we are trying to cut to the bare minimum since Sweet Hippie Daughter seems to have a hard time digesting them.
Finally, I got brave, gathered all the recipes I had together, picked my favorite parts of each, and started tossing the ingredients in my bread machine. These buns are what came out.
They are soft and filling and just the teeniest bit sweet.
They are super easy and quick to make. It takes me less than 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the machine and then another 10, after the dough is mixed and risen to form them and bake them in the oven.
I start with these ingredients. In my machine, you put the wet ingredients in first, then the dry and finally the yeast. Other machines have different recommendations so be sure to follow the directions for yours.
1 Cup of warm water
1/4 Cup of warm (liquid) coconut oil
1/4 Cup honey (I have also used cane sugar and it was good as well)
3/4 tsp salt
3 1/4 Cups whole-wheat flour
3 tsp bread machine yeast
The dough, after rising, should be quite soft and just a little bit sticky.
I form it into 8 patties about the size and shape of a hamburger patty (or more oval if you want them for hotdogs or sausages) and bake it in two batches of four.
Why two batches of four? Because I can’t fit 8 on my baking sheet and I’m too OCD to do a batch of six and a batch of two.
Bake them on a very lightly greased sheet for 8-10 minutes at 375F.
They are good for a day or two. They freeze quite well. But if you eat them still warm they are absolutely divine!
Are you, too, seeking to save the earth, promote world peace and raise productive citizens without expending too much effort?
If we work on our goals together, they may be a little easier to achieve!