Behind The Butter

Bread At Home

Well since I couldn’t make it baking class today I decided to do some of my own here at home….even though I feel pretty crappy, baking somehow makes it better (well, a little bit anyways!) The only problem is that the antibiotic I’m on makes me feel reallyyyyy icky tummy-wise so as my bread is rising, I’m sipping on some ginger tea (homemade–cut up a chunk of peeled ginger, add boiling water, let seep for 10 minutes, add a little bit of honey to sweeten). I am making Maple-Oatmeal Sandwich Bread out of the new Bon Appetit. So far, this has been the easiest bread I think I have ever made! You just dump all the ingredients into a mixing bowl, mix for a couple minutes then let rise. The dough was very easy to work with and not sticky at all. So far so good! I think it’s going to taste really yummy because it has rolled oats, whole wheat flour, regular flour and maple syrup in it! I looked up the nutritional information and it said about 96 calories per ounce so that’s about per slice. Not that bad…if my stomach isn’t queasy when it comes out of the oven I’m going to have a slice slathered with raspberry jam. Yum!




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  • Rachel
    January 8, 2008 at 8:12 pm

    Thanks for the response about the bread…..I will look for it next time I go shopping.

    Do you have any salad dressing recommendations? I having been using newman’s own light balsamic but it is so garlicky (sp?) that my breath smells horrible after it.

    I wish I had your talent and can cook my own bread! I tried once and majorly messed the kneading up.

  • jenna
    January 8, 2008 at 8:15 pm


    Try this one!!! Its SO easy…or the rolls in my recipe section. I swear, even someone who never touched dough in their life could do it. I usually just drizzle balsamic vinegar over my salad and that’s it. I just like the tangy taste of it the best. Or…I like Annie’s low fat gingerly dressing. I never thought I would just like vinegar but then I tried it and its really good! You could also easily make your own by adding 2 parts vinegar and 1 part olive oil…adding a tad of salt, some dijon mustard and giving it a stir! That’s what I usually do when I’m feeling fancy…

  • aimee
    January 8, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    oh man! you better believe I will be trying this! That looks amazing =)

  • Danielle
    January 8, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Even when you’re sick you’re cooking… or baking rather:)
    It looks delicious, you are really becoming a bread extraordinaire! I just wanted to let you know that I stopped in the mall yesterday and I found out we just got a Teavana! I know that you picked up white tea from there the other day so I tried it myself, delicious. Hope the rest and medicine is making you feel better!

  • Kristie
    January 8, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    That bread looks amazing…and I hope you start feeling better soon! Have fun with all that reading 🙂

  • emily
    January 8, 2008 at 11:07 pm

    I have a question! On that nutrition website that you suggested, where do you go to enter in your ingredients and find out the nutritional content? I found where you go to find the nutrition of certain foods but no where you can enter in ingredients? I also found the directions on the help page for how to enter in the ingredients and what not but I cannot find the actual page to do it on! haha! Thanks!

    I hope you feel better soon! That bread looks great!!

  • VeggieGirl
    January 8, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    maple-oatmeal bread?? what a lovely combination!!

  • Liz
    January 8, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Just in response to Rachel’s salad dressing question…I always like to make my own or use just vinegar as well. Try infused vinegars if you feel like you need a little more something! Right now I really like red wine vinegar infused with garlic, I don’t find it too overpowering.
    Here’s a staple dressing for me….no specific amounts of each, just eyeball:
    Balsamic vinegar
    Big scoop of Dijon mustard
    Cayenne Pepper
    A bit of honey
    You can add some olive oil as well, but I usually don’t. Give it a try!:-)

  • jenna
    January 9, 2008 at 12:05 am


    If you go to the website and look at the top there is a “pantry” button you can click on. That lets you build your own meals. 🙂

  • jenna
    January 9, 2008 at 12:06 am


    I wish I had a teavana here in orlando! I used to go everyday in charleston when it was near my house. My favorite teas there are “To Life”, the white tea I drank the other day, “Black Cranberry” and english breakfast…For iced teas I love the “sangria” one they have! MmM!

  • Rachel
    January 9, 2008 at 3:13 am

    Thanks for the dressing ideas (Liz and Jenna). Jenna, two qs about bread. Why didn’t the fococcia you made rise nearly as high as your whole wheat rolls? Also, I found a whole wheat pizza dough at my grocery store. Is it the same thing as whole wheat dough used to make bread? Hope you feel better!

  • jenna
    January 9, 2008 at 11:38 am


    The foccacia didn’t rise as high because i let it only rise once for a short amount of time instead of 2 long rises that are necessary for yeast breads. Pizza crusts have a different ingredient make-up than most breads, so whole wheat pizza dough will not give you the whole wheat bread of your dreams. Pizza crusts have more olive oil in them, less yeast, and rise less. Therefore if you try to make bread out of the dough it just won’t turn out the way you want so I suggest trying your own!

  • arimcg
    January 9, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    that raspberry jam always looks so good!