When it comes to clean eating, bread can be a problem - especially if you're buying at the supermarket instead of a bakery. Bread is a key source of carbohydrates and a staple in Western eating culture, but most of us rarely make it from scratch.
Baking my own bread never really occurred to me. Much like catching my own fish or pickling my own cucumber, it seemed way too complicated to be worth the effort. Turns out, baking your own bread is easier than you would imagine. And it's way healthier.
Eating clean is all about cutting refined and processed ingredients from your diet. With a few key bread recipes, you can make endless clean meals by simply adding meat and veggies. The Gracious Pantry
has tons of bread recipes - this versatile sandwich bread being a highlight:
3 cups warm water
1tbs Active Dry Yeast
3/4 cup vital wheat gluten
1/4 cup ten grain cereal
1- 1/2 cup oat flour
5- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup olive oil
2teaspoons kosher salt
Combine all ingredients in stand mixer and mix on low for approximately 3 mins
Turn up to med-lo and knead for seven minutes
Place dough in bowl sealed with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled in size (approx 1hour)
Press down on dough to release any air, then divide into two loaves
Place each into 9x5 pans and wait 1-1/2 hours to double again
Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes
Sound a bit too ambitious for you? Try making these simple, easy-to-make Quinoa Tortillas instead. They have a lot less ingredients and fewer steps:
Crunchy Quinoa Tortillas
4 cups Quinoa Flour
3/4 cups brown rice flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 1/4 cups hot water
Combine ingredients in a bowl and knead until smooth. Separate into 18 balls.
Use a tortilla press to flatten the dough between two plastic bags to prevent sticking.
Fry for one minute on each side in a non-stick pan (no oil)
for tips on getting them just right
You can get these recipes and more at The Gracious Pantry