I Want to Start Baking My Own Bread

Yeah, I have made a few loaves of bread in the bread machine, but my recipes are boring and the bread machine doesn’t seem to be the best way to bake. I have been talking to other bread baking Facebook friends, and I really would love to bake my own bread, even if I use the machine or food processor to knead.

My friend suggested this web site: http://www.thefreshloaf.com and it looks amazing. Wow, the photos and the recipes are inspiring! And there are “lessons” for learning how to start baking bread right on the site.

I will start with the first lesson. Just plain ole white bread. I am sure DH will be happy with white bread for a change. LOL. Yeah, there is nothing like delicious white bread, right?

And I am amazed at the difference in sodium levels in home made! I calculated the nutritional data for the bread I am making today (in the bread machine) per 2 oz (12 servings):

Calories 130.5
Total Fat 1.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.3 mg
Sodium 65.2 mg
Potassium 16.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 25.9 g
Dietary Fiber 2.3 g
Sugars 4.1 g
Protein 3.9 g

That’s well over 200mg (at least) difference in sodium from commercial bread! I really have to start baking my own bread. I think I can do it, sigh. I have always disliked baking because of all that precise measuring. But it would be so much more healthier!

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