This clean eating housewarming bread makes the perfect sandwich bread!
If you’ve ever watched “It’s A Wonderful Life”, you may remember a part of the movie where George and Mary welcome the Martinis to their new house. Mary says to Mrs. Martini,
“Bread, that this house may never know hunger. Salt, that life may always have flavor.”
Then George says to Mr. Martini,
“And wine… that joy and prosperity may reign forever.”
I love this part of the movie because I’m a sucker for these types of traditions. They have so much meaning and good will behind them and sadly, they are quickly becoming a thing of the past.
Many of these types of traditions are already extinct. I think this is a sad thing because these types of traditions add a certain “flavor” to everyday life that is lacking in our ever busy, technologically “improved” lifestyle these days.
I don’t talk a lot about my home life on this blog for multiple reasons. But I’m so excited right now that I just had to share with you, not only a recipe for hearty and delicious Clean Eating Housewarming Bread, but also my reason for baking it in the first place.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND…
About 2 years ago, my husband lost his job. We lost our home to foreclosure like so many in this country, and had to move in with my in-laws. Bless their hearts, they are very generous people. I’m sure having 3 of us plus a cat move in was not part of their retirement plan!
I can also tell you that when you go through job loss and the loss of your home, you find out VERY quickly who your friends are and who they are not. You find out who will stand by you when it counts, and who won’t. You find out what people really think of you. It’s a life altering experience and a blow to your ego. It’s scary, it’s depressing, and it can feel close to impossible to get back on your feet. But when there is a child involved, you have to put on a happy face and do your best to just get through “today“. It’s not easy. It’s been a tough struggle these last 2 years with many more downs than ups. And sadly, many truths come out in a marriage as well. My marriage did not survive all of this for multiple reasons. But there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel!
THE GOOD NEWS!
With the growing success of this blog I was finally able to get enough money together to rent a small apartment. It’s tiny, but to me, it’s 500 square feet of pure, independent bliss. I finally feel like I can hold my head up again. There’s a lot to be said for being able to say that you can put a roof over your child’s head all by yourself. The feeling is like no other.
So from now on, this is the kitchen where I will be preparing all the recipes I share with you here.
Not bad, eh? It’s a cute little place and I’ll have it set up and feeling like home in no time.
Mini Chef is very excited about the move and his new school, and I’m really thrilled to have a new start in life. What a feeling! A place to call home!
So with that in mind, I made this sandwich bread to celebrate my new home, and also with the hope of encouraging just a little bit of an old tradition before it disappears into the computer age.
I would like to also say thank you to Angelica Z. for sharing this recipe with me. It’s wonderful! I had to change the recipe slightly based on what I had, but it’s a really great recipe.
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DID YOU MAKE THIS SANDWICH BREAD?
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YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY THESE CLEAN EATING RECIPES:
CLEAN EATING SANDWICH BREAD RECIPE:
Clean Eating Housewarming Bread
- 3 cups warm water (hot, but cool enough to stick your finger in it without burning yourself)
- 1 tbsp. instant yeast (active dry yeast)
- 1 tbsp. Sucanat (affiliate link) (or honey)
- 3/4 cup vital wheat gluten (found at most health food stores)
- 1/4 cup 10-grain cereal (uncooked - I used multi-grain cereal from Trader Joe's)
- 1 1/2 cups oat flour
- 5 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup olive oil (or any light flavored oil)
- 2 tsp. salt
- Combine all ingredients in a large stand-mixer bowl with a dough hook and mix on low for approx 3 minutes until combined. turn up to med-low and kneed for 7 minutes (Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together. Then add the wet ingredients and knead by hand for at least 5 minutes).
- Place dough in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap, allow to rise until doubled, approx 1 hour.
- Gently press down on dough to release any air bubbles and divide into two equal pieces. shape and put each into a 9x5 loaf pan. allow to double again, about 1-1 1/2 hr.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 F.
- When dough is ready, place in oven and bake for 25-30 minutes. you will know when bread is ready when it sounds hollow when you tap on the bottom, OR if you have a kitchen thermometer, plunge it into the center of one of the loaves, if the temperature registers between 190 - 210F, its done.