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I’m not going to talk you through all of the mental baby steps that I had to take as I learned more about food and how it effects me personally. Also, I’m not claiming to be a nutritionalist by any means. I’m just a person seeking to live a healthy life for me. I really do believe that as everyone’s metabolism is different that we all have to find what works for us. Some things will be blanket principles that apply to everyone, because there is obviously a science behind how things are metabolized, but no I don’t know the ins and outs of all of that. I’m just a big personal experiment! 🙂

We’d made great strides in our eating as far as not choosing processed foods as much, and eating more fresh fruits and veggies. However we still had a long way to go. My first venture into the world of “homemade” vs store bought stuff didn’t come as a direct result of wanting to be “unprocessed” but rather to be more frugal. I wanted to start making our own bread!

A wonderful older woman who we were friends with when my first son was born and we were clear across the country from any of our family, brought me some amazing homemade bread after the baby came. She brought us several loaves of this wonderful Hawaiian bread! My Hurb and I absolutely fell in love with it! It’s got a sweet, tropical flavor and works excellent for sandwiches and also as a side to just about any dinner! I begged the recipe off of her before we moved and really wanted to start making this bread. However, I wasn’t into doing it the old fashioned way with the kneading and all that. So we invested in a bread maker! I let the bread machine do the kneading and then I take it out and bake it in loaf pans, because 1) it makes too much dough for the machine to bake it and 2) I don’t like the shape of the machine’s loaves.

Now here’s the thing, not only was I being frugal which was my goal at the time, but I was also making it possible for us to avoid the bread from the store with additives and preservatives and who knows what all else in it! Bonus!!

Remember that this is a journey, and now I know a little more about “white” flour and even wheat flour and realize that bread in and of itself isn’t all that fabulous to eat all the time, but sometimes you just need bread, ya know? 🙂 And if we’re going to eat it, I’d rather eat something that I know what has gone into it. So for what it’s worth here is the King’s Hawaiian Bread recipe, and you really should try this sometime. It’s awesome! Even though I don’t eat as much bread now, I love having a piece of this warm with real butter spread on it! Yuuuuum!!!

King’s Hawaiian Bread

6 c. Flour
3/4 c. Sugar (organic is best to avoid GMO)
1/2 t. Ground Ginger
1 t. Vanilla
1/2 c. Butter (softened) The original called for margarine, but we know that’s yucky stuff!
3 Eggs
1 c. Pineapple Juice
1 c. Water
2 packages yeast (or about 4 tsp)

I’ll just write what I do with my bread machine. Put the dry ingredients in first, put the wet ingredients on top, and the yeast in the dispenser on top. I set it to the dough setting which takes about 2.5 hours. When it’s done I take the dough out, it’s a little sticky, to a floured surface, punch it down a bit and divide into 4 loaves. Put them into well sprayed/greased loaf pans and let rise for a 45 min to an hour. Bake at 350 for 20-30 min depending. Keep an eye on in though cause it can go from nicely brown to black pretty quickly.

The kids love this bread and whenever I bake it they can’t wait to have a pice! In fact one of my sons when left in the house with some freshly baked loaves helped himself to 2 of them by digging out the end and through the middle with his little hands. He was 3 at the time. 🙂

I hope you’ll try this bread sometime. I like to make the dough to use in clover rolls for Thanksgiving each year! Delicious with some honey drizzled over it!

And here is the bread machine I use should you need one. You can make all kinds of breads in this one! And if you’d rather not have to bake the bread in the oven, you can probably half this recipe and bake it in the machine too!

This post was shared with The Prairie Homestead’s barn hop.