I just had two weekends both consisting of going out with my girlies. And yes, it’s Friday night, and I already went out this weekend with my girls. And yes, it’s before 8pm and I am home already. Don’t judge. I start early
Confession: I cannot tell you the last time that I had a girls’ night out let alone having it happen two weekends in a row. One of which was my darling sister’s bachelorette party downtown filled with laughter, mojitos, and tapas and the other consisted of a bunch of co-workers hitting up Happy Hour at a local restaurant.
Another Confession: If I’m out with a bunch of friends and the restaurant offers free bread to snack on before our meals come out, I’m doomed from the start. You can be pretty certain that I’m the first one to take a piece of bread and then wait until everyone has eaten her share to see if I can also have the last piece of bread. Don’t you hate when there is just ONE piece of bread left untouched in that basket? Personally, I think it’s a crime, but so often I find that no one is willing to take that last piece of bread as if it makes them greedy or something. C’mon, we all know you want it. I know I want it.
Sometimes I wish that they wouldn’t even offer that bread because then I’m “forced” to eat it until I’m full. Then my meal comes out and I’m “forced” to eat that, too. I can’t let it go to waste, right? We won’t talk about the dessert that I inevitably always have room for despite eating most of the bread and my meal. I can’t divulge too many secrets right now.
We’ll just stick with the irresistible bread.
I have to laugh because I made this bread WAY back in February when my area was slammed with several MONSTER snow storms. The snow piled up against my sliding glass door, and I had nothing to do besides bake (even though I am challenged in the baking department) and play Wii. Since I work at a school and the snow was well over 2 feet high, I had several days to mill around the house finding something to do.
That’s when I discovered this guilt-free bread.
Did you catch that, people!? GUILT-FREE bread!! You may wonder why this bread is worthy of such a title. Does it have carbs? Yes. Does it satisfy your hunger? Yes. Is it tasty enough for restaurants to put it on their tables instead of the yummy white bread? YES! It’s that good.
And it has minimal ingredients. And the ingredients are good for you. This bread was specifically made so that we can consume it without a guilty conscience. SWEEEEET!!!
Let’s have a go with it, shall we?
Clean Whole Wheat Bread
Source: Clean Eating Magazine and Eric Pater
Yields 18 slices
3 cups whole-wheat flour
2 tsp yeast
1 tsp kosher salt
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp olive oil
Mix 1 ¾ cup warm water, flour and yeast in a small bowl. Let rise until mixture doubles in size, approximately 30 minutes.
Combine remaining ingredients with dough and knead by hand or with bread maker until dough is sticky. Add additional warm water if needed. If kneading by hand, let rise for 30 minutes, knead again and let rise for 30 minutes. If using a bread maker, let rise once, then put it in standard bread loaf pan to rise for an additional 30 minutes until dough fills out loaf pan.
Bake at 350°F for 40 minutes. Slice to desired width and serve.
NUTRIENTS per 2 5/8-inch slices:
Total Fat: 3.5 g
Sat. Fat: 0.5 g
Carbs: 30 g
Fiber: 5 g
Sugars: 14 g
Protein: 3 g
Sodium: 55 mg
Cholesterol: 0 mg