Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Healthier Loaf

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Something has really turned me on to baking this fall and well…we’re ALL lovin’ it. I’m pretty sure my bread caloric intake is canceling out the spin class calorie burn though. Worth it?? HECK YEAH!

Since I love yeast breads SOOOOOO very much, I decided to try to healthy up my habit a bit. During my search, I happened upon this yummy recipe. The recipe uses all whole wheat flour instead of 1/2 wheat and 1/2 white like many other recipes I found.

Whole-Wheat Bread Hayes

  • 2 cups warm water (105°-115°F.)
  • 1/4-ounce package (2 1/2 tsps) active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 5 to 6 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 2 Tbs sugar
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • an egg wash made by beating 1 large egg white with 1 tsp water
  • 3 Tbs old-fashioned rolled oats for sprinkling loaves

In a small bowl stir together 1 3/4 cups warm water and yeast and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. In a measuring cup whisk together remaining 1/4 cup warm water and molasses. In a large bowl stir together 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and oil and add molasses and yeast mixtures, stirring until combined well. Stir in enough of remaining 3 to 4 cups flour, 1/2 cup at a time, for mixture to form a soft dough and turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough 8 minutes, or until smooth and elastic, and shape into a ball.

Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat, and let rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch down dough and let rise, covered, 45 minutes more.

Preheat oven to 400°F. and grease 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 inches.

Divide dough in half. Lightly knead each piece of dough and form into ovals. Transfer loaves to pans and let rise, covered with kitchen towels, 45 minutes. Brush tops of loaves lightly with egg wash and sprinkle with oats. Bake loaves in middle of oven 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. and bake loaves 20 to 25 minutes more, or until golden brown. Turn loaves out onto a rack to cool.


As you can see, I only sprinkled the oats on one loaf because I was scared the kiddos might not dig the texture. They didn’t seem to mind the oats though and its so satisfying to here little ones ask for bread as a snack!!

Oh and I know it sounds like a complicated recipe, but actually its a lot of waiting time. Please note that this was only my second attempt at a yeast bread recipe and it turned out great! So jump right in and enjoy some homemade bread.

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1 comment:

  1. The bread looks great. Thanks for visiting and linking up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.


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