Finally we have been blessed with a break in the weather! It has been unusually hot this summer, with too many days over 100 degrees. I seem barely able to get a passable dinner on the table, much less provide freshly baked anything for my family! Besides, who want to heat the house up even more when the thermometer reads 108?
With the slight dip in the mercury, I finally managed to get at least a little baking done. Having subsisted on nasty cardboard bread for far too long, the first thing on my baking list was a hearty batch of whole wheat bread.
|Bob's 10 grain cereal|
|Covered in boiling water|
|Thick, like porridge|
And so, without further ado, the recipe...
Multi-Grain Sandwich Bread
1 1/4 C 10 grain hot cereal mix (or 7 grain)
2 1/2 C boiling water
3 C all-purpose flour (or whole wheat)
1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
1/4 C honey (or 1/2 C brown sugar)
4 T butter, melted and cooled
1 T yeast
1 T salt
1/2 C thick cut oats (optional)
Place the cereal in a bowl (or Bosch mixing bowl) and cover with the boiling water. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until the mixture cools to about 110 degrees, about 1 hour. The mixture will resemble a thick porridge.
Once the cereal mixture has cooled add the honey, butter and yeast and stir (or mix on low until combined). Add half of the flour and the salt and stir until a cohesive dough begins to form. Continue adding the flour, 1/2 a cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. It will pull away from the bowl but still be slightly sticky. Continue to knead for 5 minutes.
Place your dough in a large, lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a tea towel and set in a warm place to rise. Allow to rise at room temperature until doubled in size (about an hour).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Lightly grease two 9x5" bread pans. Without punching the risen dough down, carefully cut the dough into two pieces, gently form into loaves and place in the prepared bread pans. If you would like, you can sprinkle oats on the tops of the loaves.
Cover loaves loosely with a tea towel and allow to rise until nearly double (about 30 to 40 minutes).
Slide the loaves into your preheated oven and bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until golden brown. Transfer to wire racks and allow to cool (don't cut too soon or you will smoosh the loaves).
NOTE: I doubled this recipe and made two industrial sized loaves.
|In a greased pan, ready to rise|
|Risen and ready for the bread pans (Look at all of those wonderful grains!)|
|Risen in the pans|
|Fresh from the oven!|
|A cooled, sliced loaf|
And that, my friends, is my multi-grain bread secret recipe!
Until next time,