Pecan Bread

Whether you’re on a low-sugar diet or just eating healthy, you can’t beat this fresh-baked bread for sandwiches and toast.

By Kathie Kania, Lewistown, Montana

When my husband’s doctor told him to switch to a low-sugar diet, we had no idea how difficult it would be. Sugar is added into almost everything–even bread! I experimented and came up with this pecan bread recipe. It’s high in protein and whole grains, yet very low in sugar.

Ingredients

1 Tbsp. dry active yeast2 ⅓ c. unbleached white flour
1 ½ c. warm water1 c. whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp. stevia1 tsp. salt
1 tablespoon molasses1 c. pecans, finely chopped
2 Tbsp. olive oil1 dash cinnamon
1 egg 

Preparation

1. Mix yeast into bowl with warm water until blended, then add stevia and molasses. Set aside until you can see the yeast bubble or froth (about 10 minutes).

2. Stir in olive oil and egg. Mix gently until blended.

3. Blend white flour, wheat flour, salt, pecans and cinnamon together in mixing bowl, then add to the liquid mixture and stir until blended.

4. Knead with dough-hook mixer for about 5 minutes, or knead by hand. Add a little flour if dough is super sticky.

5. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size (30 minutes).

6. Punch the dough down and let it “rest” a few minutes, then grease a loaf pan and shape the dough into it.

7. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Let dough rise until doubled in size (25 minutes) or until a half inch above the pan. Carefully place loaf into preheated oven. Bake 30 minutes, or until golden on top. When tapped, the baked loaf should have a hollow sound.

3. Remove the baked loaf from the pan and let cool on a rack.

Makes 15 one-slice servings.

Nutritional Information:  Calories: 170; Fat: 8g; Cholesterol: 10mg; Sodium: 160mg; Total Carbohydrates: 22g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugars: 1g; Protein: 5g.

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