Monday, January 19, 2015

Cracked Wheat & Oats bread

Ever since the winter winds set in, I have been cranking up the oven every bit that I can. Like for baking our daily breads. These days whenever I bake breads for breakfast, I try to incorporate as much whole grains as I can. Take this bread for example, its got whole wheat, cracked wheat, oats and ground flaxseed. Its wholesomeness in a single loaf but it is no less in texture. Its soft, its moist and its homemade. The bread flour is important here cos thats what gives the bread structure and body. But if you donot have access to bread flour then you could replace it with all purpose flour with a tablespoon of vital gluten added to it.

~*What U Need*~
Bread flour - 1 cup
Whole wheat flour - 1 cup
Cracked wheat - 1/2 cup
Oats - 1 cup
Ground flaxseed - 1/4 cup
Vital gluten - 1 tbsp
Instant yeast - 1.5 tsp
Sugar - 1 tsp
Bread flour - 2 tbsp cooked in 1 cup water and cooled
Egg - 1
Salt - 1 tsp

How I Made it:
Warm the water and add the sugar. Sprinkle the yeast, add the cracked wheat, mix and set aside for 20 mins. The mixture would have risen slightly after 20 mins. Add the rest of the ingredients and using the dough hook of your standing mixer, knead for 5-10 mins. Allow the dough to rise for 45 mins to 1 hour. Once doubled, deflate and form a loaf and place in a greased 9x5 loaf pan. Brush top with milk and bake in a preheated oven at 400F for 10 min and then at 350F for 25 mins. Cool completely.

Slice and serve with jam or peanut butter or spread of choice.

So thats it Folks...
With Love,

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