Healthy Bread Recipes
For Your Bread Machine
Because sandwiches are the perfect picnic food, you will need some healthy bread recipes to make them with. And, because we are all busy moms (and dads!) bread machines have become an integral part of most kitchens.
These healthy breads are just for you - formulated specifically for the bread machine and perfect for picnic sandwiches!
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Please note that most of these recipes include healthy whole grains and whole wheat flour. This increases the bread's fibre content. Eating fibre-filled foods:
- bind with fat, preventing its absorption into the body
- helps lower cholesterol
- reduces heart disease
- helps maintain blood sugar levels
If you still can't find the bread recipe you are looking for, I highly recommend the book 250 Best Canadian Bread Machine Baking Recipes This wonderful book features recipes for everything from bagels and focaccia to, my personal favourite, giant pecan sticky buns!
If you would like to try out your own favourite recipes in your bread machine, check out my tips on how to adapt bread recipes for the bread machine.
Bread Machine Tips for Success
If you would like the absolute best results in your bread, I recommend following these bread machine tips for success:
- Dough made in a machine is much lighter in texture than dough made by hand. Allow it to rest between rolling because it will be more elastic than dough made by hand.
- Use a quick-rising dry yeast, or better yet, bread machine yeast (they can be used equally). It has been specially formulated to be added to dry ingredients. It also dissolves and activates immediately. Bread machine yeast has increased levels of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Store all yeast in the refrigerator, and double check the expiry date before using.
- Have all your ingredients at room temperature for best results.
- Never omit salt. Salt is essential not only for flavor, but also slows down the growth of yeast and the expansion of gases. Omitting salt will affect how your bread rises.
- Keep dried fruits, grains and cereal away from the liquids in the pan.
- Keep cinnamon and garlic away from the yeast. They inhibit the rising. Do not add extra cinnamon or garlic either - your loaf will be short, heavy and very dense.
- Do not use the timer if your recipe contains eggs, milk, cheese or other perishables.
- Liquids in recipes can be anything from water to milk to fruit and vegetable juices. Water gives you a crisper crust. Milk supplies some fat, therefore making the bread softer and more tender. Juices intensify the flavour and color of your bread - just be sure to use pure fruit/vegetable juice.
More Bread Recipes!
Don't have time to search for the tools and resources you need to make that special bread? You can find lots more bread recipes at The Bread Experience!
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