I don't talk much about it here on "the blog" but I am a bit of a health nut. I am hyper-vigilant about what my family eats, and I constantly read labels and am on the lookout for foods that my kids like that are actually good for them. I am extremely thankful to live in a place that is very health concious. Because of that, I'm able to find great products at competitive prices and feed my family natural/organic food on a budget. Example...our local chain grocery store had organic apples last week for $1/lb. And they were delicious. The regular, non-organic fuji apples that I usually buy at W*lmart were $1.42/lb. It was a no-brainer to buy the organic. Again, I'm fortunate to live where I live and have access to a wide variety of natural foods at great prices.
One of the things I try to avoid at all costs is high fructose corn syrup. That's a challenge because HCFS is everywhere. Next time you buy fruit cups for your kids lunch boxes (a seemingly healthy choice, right?) take a look at the ingredients. Three out of every four varieties has HCFS as a top ingredient. That stuff is in everything...even whole wheat bread!
I found a brand of bread that I really love that is sweetened with honey, which is SO much better for you. It's Oroweat Country Whole Wheat, and it is delicious. It's also expensive. Last time I checked it was $3.69 for a loaf. It's not a big loaf either, which means that I need two, even three per week, and honestly, I just can't/won't spend $7+ each week on bread.
Today, I'm dreaming of owning this...
A mill and a Bosch would allow me to grind my own wheat and make my own bread in a fraction of the time it normally takes. I went to a bread demonstration at my local natural foods market last December and was totally lusting after these machines. We made bread, focaccia, cinnamon rolls, and pizza dough...all from scratch...all using freshly ground whole wheat flour...all in ONE hour, from START to FINISH. And we got to eat our creations too, which were unbelievably delicious!
If I'd had $600 for the two machines, I would have happily written the check and started baking bread the next day. But $600??? Um...that's just not in my budget. And I'd have to make a LOT of bread to re-coup my investment, don't ya think?
And so I dream.
I suppose I could do it the old-fashioned way without the cool, time-saving Bosch mixer/kneader. Anyone have any good recipes for whole wheat/whole grain bread that they want to pass my way?