If you Google "Scary Wonderbread," this image pops up. It is scary. I'll admit it... I'm afraid of wonderbread.
When I was a small child, my parents told me that white bread, specifically wonderbread, would make you stupid. I believed them. I was terrified of white bread. Once upon a time, a babysitter's boyfriend teased me and told me they were making me a white bread sandwich and I cried and cried. What could be more horrible than a bread that would make you stupid?!
Now I know better - it will not make you stupid... or will it? Have you ever read the list of ingredients on a pack of wonderbread?
Whole wheat flour, water, wheat gluten, high fructose corn syrup, contains 2% of less of: soybean oil, salt, molasses, yeast, mono and diglycerides, exthoxylated mono and diglycerides, dough conditioners (sodium stearoyl lactylate, calcium iodate, calcium dioxide), datem, calcium sulfate, vinegar, yeast nutrient (ammonium sulfate), extracts of malted barley and corn, dicalcium phosphate, diammonium phosphate, calcium propionate (to retain freshness).
Like my mom, I bake my bread. A lovely treat (even though I make it a couple time a week)... oh that smell... oh how the kids faces light up when they notice the bread cooling on the counter... Fresh bread. Real bread.
My ingredients? Flour, water, a bit of sugar-honey-molasses-or-maple-syrup, sometimes some cheese or seasonings, yeast, and bit of salt... and some butter or olive oil... Bread, oh lovely bread...
Tomorrow I'm baking another loaf of cracked-wheat. I can taste it now...
A work in progress