I’m sitting here on the couch trying to relax while half watching Mamma Mia. Yesterday I went in for a regular pregnancy check up and my blood pressure was up and that’s not great. I have really low blood pressure naturally so my doctor told me off, cracked a few jokes and I came home to another doctor who proceeded to tell me off and banish me to the couch. I’ve been told to relax, enjoy life and try not to take on anything stressful.
Relaxing is hard work. I like to be busy and in fact have been very busy lately. I’ve had no real time to write but it appears as though I will now. It’s good. I want to write and have been struggling with a way to work back into it. Maybe this forced quiet time will introduce me once more to my creativity. Another thing that forced relaxation is doing is reacquainting me with my kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been cooking and feeding my boys but nothing overly creative has happened. It’s just the same old, same old. Today I’m breaking in my new bread maker and it’s currently making dough for cinnamon rolls. Hopefully they are as delicious as the bread we’ve been making!
As kind of a reboot for the year I’ve decided to share my recipe for whole wheat bread in the bread maker. I love my bread maker. We had to get a new one as I beat the old one we got for our wedding into the ground. This new one makes lovely bread with little effort on my part and I’m a hero. Total win for Mom! While this recipe is no good for my gluten free friends (a big sorry to you) it is a delicious, healthy option for the rest of us. It’s light and rises well but retains the dense satisfying texture of homemade bread that we all love. I hope you enjoy it as we do!
Whole Wheat Bread for the bread machine
Makes a 1 1/2 pound loaf
- 1 3/4 c warm water
- 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 c cane sugar
- 1 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 1/2 c whole wheat flour
- 1/4 c sesame seeds
- 2 1/4 tsp yeast
Add the ingredients to your bread pan in the exact order printed. Put the pan in your machine and turn it on to it’s whole wheat cycle. Now go put your feet up and wait. When the bread is done it’s delicious warm with jam or made into a grilled sandwich.
I used to make this with honey but as I am pregnant and only have locally sourced unpasteurized honey in the house I cannot do this. If you’d rather sub in 1/4 c of honey for the cane sugar you may but you will need to cut back on the water in equal amounts. This variation is quite tasty as well!