Sheesh! You guys are easy to please – I thought for sure last night’s dinner looked hideous, even though it was delicious 😉 If that wasn’t ugly enough for you, though, maybe this bread I made is.
Ironically, my ugliest load yet is also my tastiest! I based this off of Daniel’s recipe with a few alterations:
- “2 T. oil” was 1 T. olive oil, 1 T. sesame oil
- “2 T. honey” was 2 T. molasses (only because I was out of honey)
- skim milk was almond milk
- 3 c. WW flour was 2 1/4 c. WW flour, 1/2 c. quick oats, 1/4 c. sesame seeds, and 2 T. millet
The first time I made this, I had a similar look, though maybe not quite as sunken in. Sort of like it rose and collapsed, basically – I’m not sure if this is because of my breadmaker, or my tinkering with the recipe, though I have a hunch it’s the breadmaker. I’m setting it for a 2 lb. loaf, but that’s a complete guess. Maybe it’s larger or smaller? Anyone know?
Regardless of its’ appearance – it tastes fantastic! It is especially light, moist, and fluffy this time – true sandwich bread! The crust is not too crunchy, and get this – last night, I had two slices completely untoasted! That’s a big deal for me. One was just on its own (even more of a big deal) and the other with some jam.
And I mean, I guess I shouldn’t complain that it collapses, because then it’s the perfect size for sandwiches!
And, in case you were wondering – I didn’t even panini or toast that, and it. was. still. fantastic. Holy cow, this bread has changed me.
I had to bring back the broc sammiches! I think I’m going to turn in to a head of broccoli soon, with how much I’m consuming. It was on sale this week, and I’m not complaining. I am complaining, however, that I used the last of it yesterday. Sad face.
Of course, protein made an appearance, too.
which was joined with some fruitage. The carrot-fig ‘nola bar pictured was consumed a couple of hours later.
Others eats included a Super Charge Me! Cookie I made yesterday. Seriously – these are hands down the. best. cookies. ever. And I’ve had a lot of cookies.
- spelt flour was WW flour
- no coconut
- 1/4 c. raisins
- 2 T. dark choco chips
- ~1/3 c. maple syrup + 1 T. “holiday jam” (strawberries, cranberries & maple syrup)
- 3 T. sunbutter
- 2 T. olive oil
Is it okay to bake with olive oil, anyways?
Believe it or not, but I hardly had enough oats for this to happen this morning:
I had to fall back on some Kamut! It lent for a fun taste and texture, actually. But I cannot be without oats for long.
And so, naturally – I ran to the co-op while on my break today. Which reminds me!
No, no – not an iced tea…an iced mate! I drank these religiously last year – there is a lovely little cafe that makes some of the best smoothies, wraps, salads, sandwiches, bars, treats, etc around right downtown from work. It’s always crazy busy, which is good to see. I know I’m always complaining that my town doesn’t have any good health-food restaurants – but this is probably the only exception. They have great food, and I would always get a huuuge iced mate every day last summer. I’ve calmed down my obsession – but with today’s heat and the fact that a. I was downtown anyways, and b. my boss wanted a smoothie from there I just had to have one! It was so refreshing and delicious. A habit I should bring back every so often 😛
Have you ever had a mate? If you do some research, it’s actually quite an interesting tea with many health benefits:
Yerba mate was discovered centuries ago by the indigenous people in South America and has been revered as the “drink of the gods” and consumed to enhance, vitality, clarity, and well-being. With 24 vitamins and minerals, 15 amino acids, 11 polyphenols, caffeine, and is high in antioxidants, yerba mate triumphs as nature’s most balanced stimulant.
Of the six commonly used stimulants in the world–yerba mate, coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa, and guarana–yerba mate is the healthiest, delivering both energy and nutrition.
Each infusion of yerba mate contains:
• Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex
• Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
• Additional Compounds: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols,
Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids.
It’s definitely one of those really interesting “health foods” – because as much good as you can find about it, sites praising its benefits – you can find just as many warning you of it. I think, actually – it was once banned in the United States, but I can’t find any more on that at the moment.
Anyways. While I was out, I went to the co-op. My whole reason for running out, actually, I needed oats, remember? I also needed a few other things. Like honey. Instead, I wound up with date sugar. I wanted date syrup, but no dice. Has anyone used date sugar before? I’m eager to try it!
Hey, Nutiva – she deserves a lifetime supply!
And another new brand of Sunflower Seed butter. Full Circle has been my favorite thus far since they use evaporated cane jucie to sweeten, whereas this organic Once Again brand and Sunbutter just use sugar. Doesn’t bother me too much since it’s so infrequent that I have real sugar, but if you’re keeping a tally, there’s one for Full Circle! Any way you stretch it, though – your life isn’t complete without some sunflower seed butter, regardless of brand!
I’m not sure what inspired me to be so wordy and ad-y tonight, but there you have it. Straight from the horse-owner’s mouth. Oh, yeah – Broccoli-Bean Pie is even better the next day!! Looking forward to having it tomorrow, too 😀 To answer a popular question – the sweet potato crust isn’t very crunchy/crust like. I’m sure you could make it that way by cooking it longer – but I didn’t mind it being a bit softer!
What’s your favorite hot-weather refreshment?
What’s one thing you were obsessed with last summer, but have hardly done at all this summer?
What’s wrong with my bread?
Now, I’m off to do some “pre-class assigments,” which I think should be illegal.