Think I might have found a new bread recipe….
Came across this bread recipe on allrecipes.com because I was looking to switch up my morning bread from the usual sunflower flax. Couldn’t find a recipe that looked super appealing, but this one seemed close enough. Some modifications: added a bit of quick oats, substituted olive oil for shortening, and used less honey b/c I didn’t want a really sweet bread.
Whole Wheat Bread
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 3-1/2 – 4 cups whole wheat flour
- 2/3 cups quick cooking oats
- 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3-1/2 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon dry milk powder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
- Mix warm water, yeast, and honey together. Let proof for 10 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, oats, salt, and milk powder. Make a well.
- Add wet ingredients and olive oil into the dry, and mix with a fork. Knead till smooth/ elastic – add more flour if necessary.
- Coat with oil and set aside in a covered bowl for an hour.
- Punch down, divide into 2 loaves, and place in loaf pans. Cover and let rise for another 45 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
I found that this bread rose way more than the sunflower flax bread, prior to baking… or maybe that was because I just opened a new bottle of yeast… can’t be sure… BUT, it rose less than the flax bread while actually in the oven… did that make any sense?
Was also really surprised at how light, fluffy, and even creamy this bread turned out (compared to the dense sunflower flax bread).. it was easier to knead for some reason too. Only thing I’d change for next time is adding more oats… would have added more oats this time, but 2/3 cups was all I had left… will try 1.5 – 2 cups next time to maximize the oaty texture.
Will I make this bread again? Definitely. Could this recipe replace sunflower flaxseed? Maybe, we’ll see.