Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I'll have an insulin shot to go, please.



I got LOTS of emails after I posted about the delicious carb-coma inducing bread that I make.

And none of them hate mail, surprisingly.

Seems that all of you like bread as much as me.

I, myself, have serious bread issues. I am incapable of eating bread that comes from the grocery store. I think it tastes nasty, has no real flavor, and the texture reminds me of cardboard.

I mean, if I'm going to give up taste, I might as well just eat healthy foods and toss out the cookie dough.

Bwaaahhhh! As if.

ANYhoo, I posted a few years ago (can't find the post or I'd link) about the beautiful bread machine that had changed my life (and put my local Great Harvest out of business). After making multiple loaves per week for a couple of years, the poor thing died about a month ago. Not wanting to rush out and spend a few hundred bucks the month before Christmas on an appliance of all things, I started to experiment with making my own bread. I tried several recipes and each received two greasy thumbs up from the people around here.

This recipe was settled on as a favorite, and I've been making it ever since. It takes maybe eight minutes of my time, and then sits on the counter and does all the work by itself. Every few days, I make another couple of loaves. It's delicious and I'm in love with it.

And since I know you will be, too, here is the recipe in my favorite form: photo.

May your thighs thank you, as mine have.


























Join me in my diabetic heaven, will you?

46 comments:

Jen said...

I'm not much of a baker but these definitely look easy and delicious. Might have to give these a try. btw, love your countertops.

danandcindy said...

Oh, I get it... "I need that bad boy"... You're "KNEADING" the bread. Wow, that is very Klever. Get it, I spelled clever with a K, to go along with your kneading joke. I'll bet that you could go write funny jokes for Jay Leno, because I'm still peeing my pants laughing because your joke was so funny.

I think a good picture would have been you needing, oops I mean KNEADING, the bread with your feet. Because your knasty toes are a reocurring theme on your KBLOG.

No really, there is still pee coming out because it was that funny.

What I don't get, is why you would want to fake punch me?

Anne said...

Ooh, this looks delicious. Maybe I'll give it a try. Or better yet, maybe I'll let my husband give it a try! Things taste better to me when I know someone else has slaved over it.

Rae said...

I cannot wait to try this recipe. You're an inspiration!

the wrath of khandrea said...

can i do it in the machine? i do not have time to do bread from scratch. i just found a recipe with half whole wheat, half white and have struggled to find the time for even that one. i too am a bread freak. the heartier, the better. we have a new bakery in town, and it's $4-$6 a loaf, but it is like god himself baked it up. i pay it willingly.
anyway.
when i find the time and try my nex machine recipe out, if it fails, i want to know if this one would work.

Lauren in GA said...

I love Dan. Well, you know...in the most appropriate way possible.

Thank you so much for the recipe, my dear. I always love how you even make your recipe posts hilarious, "a new sheriff in town." I love it.

Do you use real butter, only?

Christine said...

not to be a dweeb but do you use white or wheat flour? also your fingernails look marvelous!

Annemarie said...

Well...I know how I'll be spending 8 min of my time today. And yes, my thighs thank you, so does my family.

Christie said...

The only dweeb here is my brother, Dan.

I use white flour. You can use wheat, but you have to add gluten to make sure it rises.

Kristin said...

Mine is rising right now, thanks!

Melissa Walker said...

As soon as I get more butter--I'm making those loaves. Nothing beats homemade bread on winter days! (I also want to say that I am rarely out of butter, but used about 6 sticks on Sunday dinner--I wouldn't want you to think I'm one of those people who don't believe in butter!)
And Dan cracks me up--almost as much as you do!

Kimberly said...

Oh heaven. I'm surprised that it isn't wheat though! Can you knead it in a kitchen aid instead of by hand?

Tristan said...

Oh my yumminess! When I have my own kitchen soon I will have to try. I've never ever made bread. But this sounds pretty easy. How long do you knead it for? I go to a popular bakery here and buy bread sometimes. Bread is manna from heaven!!

kayla & tyler said...

Holy, you are amazing for posting this. I really am gonna use this recipe. THANK YOU!!

Christie in Dallas, TX said...

yummmmm -- I'm inspired! Can't wait to try this at home! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

jessica said...

Hi! I come from Jessica, Ilene and Lindsey's blogs. I notice we have mutual blog friends but this is the first time I've ever been over to your blog...yes it's a shame.

I just wanted you to know that I jumped on the "keeping it real" band wagon you started and did my own post where I linked you. I'm not sure what the linking etiquitte is, but I thought I would let you know...

Oh and your bread looks heavenly. Too bad I'm allergic to my kitchen...I'll just wait for Jessica to bake some and then I will eat it in her kitchen.

Ilene said...

My super good friends own the local Great Harvest. It is my duty to support them.

Of course I typically buy their wheat bread. Nothing halfway nutritious will ever be baked in my kitchen.

Christy said...

I NEVER wanted to make homemade bread, but you make it look so easy, I just might try it. The pictures make all the difference. Thanks!

Jeanelle said...

I love to bake but bread and pies scare me. Maybe I'll get brave one day...thanks for sharing!

kara jayne said...

your totally crackin' me up. i have what i thought was a super easy bread recipe, but this one may just top it. i'll have to give it a try. thanks so much!!

Meg said...

YUMM. Love the warm feeling of the photos. I felt I was almost there...eating some myself.

brooke said...

I have a perfectly good breadmaker that has only been used once--practically begged for it for Christmas last year. That's how much I'm afraid of yeast--bread just doesn't work out of me.

I'm going to give this bread a try. When you say beat it--do you mean with a mixer? And then work it on the counter?

Natasha said...

Oh, I will definitely join you in your diabetic heaven! This bread looks wonderful.

Chatter said...

Yum, Yum, Yum, Christie. And I don't need a bread maker. Thank you SO much! I will try this very soon! Thank you! I will picture Dan for you when I'm punching the dough (kidding Dan :).

Chandra

Travelin'Oma said...

What an awesome tutorial. I hope the other person in my household is inspired!

Anonymous said...

thank u so much for sharing ur recipe. i will totally make this tomorrow! i'm so excited, as my bread machine danced itself right off the counter & died & i haven;t made bread since.

once question - to get wheat bread, what is the ratio of wheat flour to white flour?

Thanks again,
Michelle

Christie said...

I have never made it with wheat flour, but I would probably start with half wheat/half white. You'll need to add 1-2 tsp of gluten to get the wheat flour to rise, but everything else would stay the same.

Let me know how it turns out!

gab said...

Mmmmm...the perfect vehicle for butter. Looks delicious. I want carbs all day every day in January.

Cindy said...

Yummy! Nice photos. Your bread looks soo good. I need to make bread this week. It has been since just before Christmas. I add what's called oat fiber to mine to make me feel like it is a little healthier. It probably doesn't make a difference with the health aspect, but it makes me feel better eating it. :)

Annemarie said...

...the dough is rising even as I type...mmmmmmmm!

sara said...

Thanks for this recipe! I clicked over from Kristin Wallce, btw. Mine's rising! But I may have to help it along in a warm oven since I couldn't get started on it til mid-afternoon...

Hazen5 said...

I like the "Punching" part best! I am not good with baking any kinds of bread. I will let you know how my loaf turns out.

SM said...

I HAVE BEEN looking for a bread r that was easy.
Will try this one...

Great blog!

Dalene said...

I am ACTUALLY going to be a baker - my husband will thank you later. And, when do I get to meet Dan? I am going to punch him in the face, uh, I mean shake his hand and smile.

JoLyn said...

The bread looks so good--I almost thought I could smell it! And I love your photography, bread and otherwise. :)

Annemarie said...
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Annemarie said...

Made it, LOVED it, polished off one loaf with dinner (not just me...)
blogged it here:
www.annemarie-tastebuds.blogspot.com

Jessica said...

I just got back from Goodwill where lo & behold, there were two nice, glass Pyrex loaf pans for a dollar each. I think it was destiny. I do have one quick question. When you beat the dough do you use the regular beater or the dough hook? Can't wait to make some of this bread tomorrow!

Jennifer said...

Bread never turns out for me, but I was brave and tried this and it worked!! My husband was amazed and was excited that my blog reading habits had such good results. Thanks for the inspiration.

Rae said...

It's me again! OK, I have a question about substituting the butter with olive oil. Have you ever tried?

I'm home from church today with a sick girl so I thought it the perfect time to make bread! My dough is rising as I type. Can't wait to try it!!

Natalie Catherine said...

Oooooo.....yum. i'm trying this tonight! thanks so much! i'm a follower now for sure! i'm so happy to have come across your blog! your photos are lovely. i'm preggers and totally a visual person right now when it comes to food! i don't want to eat anything unless i see it and it looks good..haha. thanks again!

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Emily said...

Today I made bread for the first time and I used your recipe...it is great! I will definately be using this one again. Thanks.

Stacie said...

This is the most AMAZING bread recipe!! ive made it a couple times and every time it comes out perfect!! Thanks!