Who doesn't love the yummy softness of Wonder Bread? Old-fashioned bread that brings us back to our childhood. White. Fluffy. Wholesome. Wait, what? Wholesome?
Have you ever looked at the ingredients of Wonder Bread? I count around 29 different ingredients. Do you have any clue what most of them are? Take a look at this: Wonder Bread Ingredients Explained for more information on exactly what is in Wonder Bread.
Now, we all know that 100% whole wheat is the best option for a healthy diet, assuming you are eating bread to begin with. 100% whole wheat is unaltered, where white wheat has the outer, darker bran layer removed. This also removes the fiber, which is why most breads use "enriched" flour. They remove the bran layer and replace it with an artificial fiber.
But let's be real here. Sometimes you just want white bread. And while they do have to mill the grain to make white bread flour, you can make your own white bread that is considerably better for you. It tastes great and has no artificial anything in it, and has only 7 ingredients. That's a lot less than 29. A whole lot less.
Look at how beautiful this is:
It's really not that difficult to make either.
Traditional White Bread
- 1 cup warm water - sometimes I need more or less
- 1 tablespoon olive oil - other oils will work, but olive oil is a healthier choice
- 1 egg
- 3 ½ cups bread flour - I use organic flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- ½ cup raw honey - you can use sugar here if you don't have honey but honey is a better option
- Mix all ingredients together in mixer with dough blade until dough forms. It should be dry enough to not be sticky but wet enough to not crumble.
- Lift dough out of bowl, spray with olive oil (I spray the bowl) and place dough back in bowl covered with towel, allow to rise for 30-60 minutes.
- Knead with dough blade (will deflate).
- Remove from bowl, place dough on flowered surface and knead by hand a few times.
- Divide in half.
- Roll into 2 loaf shapes and place in loaf pans (mist pan with olive oil first).
- Cover and allow to rise (depends upon temp in room, but usually around 60 minutes - it should be slightly over the top edge of the pan, do not allow to over-rise).
- Bake at 350 for around 20-30 minutes or until golden brown on top. At around the 15 minute mark, I mist the top of the loaf with olive oil and continue cooking until done.