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First published 3/18/14
Is anyone getting tired of my harping about Gwen’s Easy Bread yet? Surely not. It’s the base for so many great E (low-fat, healthy carb) meals, snacks, and even desserts for Trim Healthy Mamas (find out more about the plan here)!
If you haven’t made it, make it. It’s the easiest bread recipe you’ll ever make (it only takes 4 ingredients!). The dough is very easy to work with-provided that you use mostly whole wheat flour, at least. I usually use 4.5 cups of whole wheat flour and 2 cups of bread flour.
So without further adieu, here are some ideas of what you can make with Gwen’s Easy Bread Recipe (other than bread, which makes great toast):
Pizza. This is hands-down the best thing you can do with this bread recipe. I’ve never tried the cauliflower crust, but I have tried the Speedy Thin Crust as well as pizza made on lavash wraps. Those aren’t real crusts. I’m sorry. Not only does this one taste way better and more normal, but it’s super easy. Just flop it (a pizza crust takes about 1/3 batch of bread) into a greased pan and pat it out with your hands. As long as you make the dough with enough wheat flour so it’s not too sticky, it works great and takes about two minutes to prepare.
Because this is an E crust, you have to watch how much fat you put on it. I usually use a very small amount of skim mozzarella and some cottage cheese, lots of veggies, pizza sauce (watch your sugars; you could also use tomato paste), spices, and lean meats such as chicken and/or turkey bacon/pepperoni. Regular pepperoni won’t work on this pizza crust, unless you want a crossover.
I prebake the crust at 350-400 degrees for about 8 minutes, add the toppings, and then bake again for 12 minutes. The serving size is 2 slices (just like the serving size for the bread is two pieces).
Or, you can prebake and freeze the crusts for later use when you need a quick meal.
Sandwich buns. Keep your toppings lean. Here I have a small amount of skim mozzarella, turkey meat, lettuce, fat-free Ranch, and mustard.
French toast. This one is fairly self-explanatory. Here I dipped the bread in an egg-white/almond milk/vanilla/stevia bath, fried it in a non-stick skillet with some cooking spray, and served it with sugar-free maple syrup and a small amount of banana.
English muffins. Toasted and topped with blackberry Slim Belly Jelly. Yum.
Apple Cinnamon Braided Bread. A delicious breakfast or dessert that takes very little time to make and looks quite fancy.
Cinnamon rolls. I wasn’t terribly impressed with these; you have to keep your fat to under 5 grams/serving, so a lot of butter isn’t an option. A teaspoon of butter wasn’t quite enough, in my opinion, but you can try it if you’re really craving a cinnamon roll. They looked pretty. 🙂
Bagels. Actually, mine turned out more like half a bagel. 😛 Add some berries, make a brown sugar/cinnamon bagel, get creative! Top it with a teaspoon of butter, some fat-free cream cheese, or some Slim Belly Jelly.
And just an idea I’ll throw out here: you could probably make soft pretzels with this dough too, so long as it’s not too sticky.
Dump and Stir Bread Pudding. This is a great way to use up old, dry bread. I’m not normally a big bread pudding fan, but this turned out pretty well-the top was nice and crusty. If you struggle with finding good desserts for E meals, this recipe just might become your friend.
Well, are you convinced that you need to make some bread?