Shortly upon starting to clean up our diet, I decided that I was going to start making bread. While, there were several breads approved on the Feingold Diet list, I’ve always had a hard time paying several dollars for a loaf of bread. I was encouraged by other Feingold members when they stated that I could make my own breads for pennies. Aside from the cost savings, I wanted to make my own bread so that I knew exactly what was in it. So I could avoid things like high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, GMO oils and other ingredients that our family now chooses to avoid.
Side note: Some of the items that we choose to avoid are actually approved on the Feingold Diet. It has been our choice based on what I have learned about our food system and reactions that I have personally witnessed in my child to go beyond the Feingold Diet to eliminate additional food ingredients such as HFCS and GMOs.
So I made a commitment to making bread, I decided that I would begin with finding a bread machine. I posted a plea to my personal facebook page asking if anyone had an unused, unwanted bread machine that was in need of a new home. I was in luck as a high school friend of mine offered one up that she was no longer using. Yay! I was so excited. I arranged to pick it up from her one morning as we both drop our kids off to the same school. She even gave me a slicing guide.
Now I had my bread maker, it was time to find some recipes. I tried about three different recipes, tweaked and combined them. No luck, they weren’t too much of a hit with the family. But then I stumbled on a simple sweet bread recipe, gave it some minor tweaks and our family was hooked. This has become my go to recipe when it’s time to make bread, I now know it by heart.
Simple Sweet Bread (Bread Machine)
1 cup milk
2 Tsp butter
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup organic cane sugar
3 cups flour
2.5 tsp yeast
Put them in the machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. For mine, that is liquids in the bottom, then dry ingredients with an impression at the top to cradle the yeast.
This bread is best enjoyed warm with dinners such as soups and pastas. It has a teasingly sweet taste, similar to Hawian rolls. It does not make the best sandwich bread, although I do use it for such on occasion. For sandwiches I prefer my homemade dinner rolls or hamburger/sandwich buns (recipe coming soon). After a couple days, any remaining slices of our sweet bread gets turned into bread crumbs or croutons.