Bread

How To Bake Your Own Wholemeal Bread

Why not take advantage of the Easter long-weekend and bake your family and friends some delicious homemade bread? The steps are actually a lot easier than they seem, and you can customise your own recipe depending on your health and dietary requirements.

RELATED: Why Lower-Carb Bread Is A Dieter’s Best Friend

Ingredients

4 cups whole wheat flour

1 sachet yeast

1/3 wheat gluten

2.5 cups warm water

1 tbsp salt

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup natural honey

1 tbsp lemon juice

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease a non-stick pan with baking paper.
  2. Combine the whole wheat flour, wheat gluten, and yeast into a large bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon or your hands, then cover with cling wrap for 10 minutes.
  3. In another small bowl, combine the salt, olive oil, honey and lemon juice before beating for 1-2 minutes. Then stir in the 2.5 cups of flour, and use an electric mixer to properly combine all of the ingredients.
  4. Bake between 20-40 minutes or until the bread is brown and fluffy. Remove and store in the pantry or fridge to ensure its longevity.

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April 4, 2015

Is Bread Really Bad For You?

For those who are carb-conscious among us, the thought of including bread in our diet on a day-to-day basis is unheard of but, if your goal is weight control and if you consider that noodles, rice, quinoa and most wraps all have more carbs than a reduced carb bread such as Helga’s Lower Carb, maybe it is the carb choices you are making rather than an issue with bread itself. Leading dietician Susie Burrell says if you have been eliminating bread from your diet completely, there are some things to consider: 

1. Check your carbs 

A cup of cooked rice has 45g of total carbs, a cup of cooked quinoa 38g or a Lebanese Bread Wrap 60g. If you compare this to a couple of small slices of grain bread or a couple of slices of Helga’s Lower Carb bread, they only have 20g of total carbs. The moral of the story – check your total carbs!

2. Bread is filling 

You know the feeling, you have enjoyed yoghurt and fruit for breakfast and a tuna salad at lunch but come 3 or 4pm and you are starving. Simply adding 1-2 slices of filling, low GI, wholegrain bread to your breakfast or lunch or both and notice how much more satisfied you feel come late afternoon.

3. Get your good fats 

A nutritionally balanced food is not just about the carbs, proteins and fat – it is also about our essential nutrients – the vitamin E, zinc, iron, magnesium and good fats that help our bodies to be at their best every day. A single serve of dense wholegrain bread will give you all of these nutrients without you even realising it.

4. Get your carb/protein balance 

Getting a balance of carbs and proteins at each of your meals and snacks help to regulate blood glucose levels which in turn helps to manage hunger levels and hormone levels. Teaming a slice or two of wholegrain bread with your favourite protein rich toppings such as tuna or salmon, goats, cheese, nut spread or cheese not only achieves this balance but with meals or snacks that taste great.

5. Enjoy your toast again 

Reduced carb bread options means that you can finally enjoy your toast and coffee in the morning without the guilt! And who does not love a slice or two of hot toast with your favourite topping?

May 15, 2014

Gluten-Free Bread And Butter Pudding

Nutritionist and dietician Susie Burrell shares a delicious, easy recipe for gluten-free bread and butter pudding – whether you’re cooking for coeliac friends or not, you’ll love this dessert!

Ingredients – serves 6

6 slices of PureBred White Farmhouse Loaf

½ cup marmalade

¼ cup sugar

3 eggs

2 cups milk

½ cup dried cranberries (craisins)

2 tsp. grated lemon rind

½ tsp. vanilla (or the seeds from the pod)

Method

1. Cut Pure Bread in triangles and spread with marmalade. Layer in an oven-proof dish.

2. Add Craisins and lemon rind. Beat eggs and milk together with vanilla and pour over bread. Bake at 180ºC for about 30 minutes. Serve with 1 dollop of cream.

Which recipe would you like to see get a gluten-free makeover?

January 25, 2013

Ham and eggs and Easter

In this frenetic age in which we live, we seldom have time to settle down and enjoy a scrumptious plate of bacon and eggs or ham and eggs.Over Easter we will have plenty of time with four blissful days off work. Bacon or ham and eggs are great for breakfast or brunch and make a delicious high tea meal in the evening. Here are two great ham and eggs recipes. Eggs Benedict is so decadent and the Leg Ham with the spicy Eggs has a nice twist.

Eggs Benedict with Ham

Serves 1

Preparation Time: 20 mins

Cooking Time: 10 mins

Ingredients

2 eggs

2 slices of bread

2 slices of leg or cameo ham

Hollandaise sauce:

4 egg yolks

1/2 cup of butter

2 tsp lemon juice

Method

  • Cut the butter into thirds.
  • Place egg yolks and 1/3 of the butter in top of a double boiler, and cook over hot, but not boiling water until butter melts, stirring quickly.
  • Add the next 1/3 of the butter still stirring. The mixture will start to thicken, then add the last 1/3 of the butter.
  • When the butter is melted remove the pan from the hot water, and stir quickly for about 2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, a teaspoon at a time, salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat again over hot water, stirring constantly. When heated remove immediately.
  • Toast and butter bread, top with a slice of fried ham.
  • Poach eggs and place on top of ham then top with Hollandaise sauce. 
March 8, 2002