100 calorie bread products have been on the market for a while now, but I’m always disappointed when I read the ingredient list. Hydrolyzed this, hydrogenated that, high fructose corn syrup, enriched white flour, blah blah blah. And on top of that, most of it tastes like cardboard! I make all of the bread products we eat for two reasons – I know exactly what’s in it, and it just tastes better. When I have the time, I even go so far as to grind my own wheat (it really does taste better!). Thrive Wheat Berries are fantastic, but if you don’t have a grinder (or think grinding your own wheat sounds totally insane), Thrive Whole Wheat is delicious and easy to work with. You can make this dough in a dough mixer or by hand – either way will yield excellent results.
- 2c Warm Water
- 2T Yeast
- 2T Thrive Sugar (brown or white, or honey)
- 3c Thrive Whole Wheat Flour
- 2T Thrive Butter Powder
- 2t Thrive Salt
- 1T Thrive Whole Egg Powder + 1T Water (egg wash)
In a large bowl (or stand mixed fitted with a dough hook) combine water, yeast and sugar. Mix gently and allow to rest for 5 minutes or until the surface is bubbly. Add in the flour, butter powder and salt and mix to bring the dough together, then knead for 5 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. Knead the dough for an additional 2 minutes, then separate into 16 equal pieces. Knead each piece slightly, roll into a smooth ball, then flatten gently into the shape of a hamburger bun. Place onto a greased cookie sheet and repeat, spacing the rolls about 2″ apart. Brush with your prepared egg wash and let rise for 30-45 minutes or until the rolls have doubled in size. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes. Allow to cool completely and store in a sealed plastic bag. Store at room temperature for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
** I get emails from quite a few people that say they’ve always wanted to learn to make their own bread but just don’t know where to start. Would a video be helpful? I’d be willing to hire my husband to put together a short video of my bread making skills if you would find it useful