Saturday, April 07, 2007

7 Grain Bread

This is our FAVORITE bread!! The combination of grains makes it moist and it doesn't fall apart. Note that I have not been using the dough enhancer (non FG) and have recently been using 2 T of vital wheat gluten. This will make 5 loaves or 3 Pampered Chef loaves. I usually make 2 big loaves and a pan of hamburger buns (I often add italian seasonings to these and we use them for sandwiches). If you take your recipe liquid/flour ratio you should be able to convert this....basically you want 1/2 red wheat or a high gluten flour, then 1/4 7 grain and 1/4 soft white..... many bread stores and co-ops sell 7 grain.

7 Grain Bread (Makes 5 loaves or 3 big loaves)

6 Cups hard red wheat (or hard white)
2 cups soft white
2 cups 7- grain blend(Or some combination of 10 cups of grain)

5 1/2 C warm water
2/3 C oil of choice (I use coconut or olive)
1 C honey
1/4 C yeast
2 T dough enhancer (I skip this but do use 2 T of wheat gluten if grain isn't rising well. I have Brenda's recipe for dough enhancer if anyone wants it. Brenda's bread is the best I've tasted LOL)

2 T salt

Mix 2/3 of the ground grain, water, oil, honey, yeast, and dough enchancer together.Allow to "sponge", rest and grow for 15 min.

Mix in remaining flour and salt.

Knead alot. I do 8 min in the Bosch.

Warm the oven to about 150 - 170*. (pre-heat for 5 min only; turn oven OFF before putting bread in oven to raise).When the kneading is done, form 5 loaves and raise them for 20 minutes in the warm oven.Leave them right in the oven, increase the temp to 350* and bake for 20-30 min. Bush tops with butter.

I cool them on their sides...makes a funny pattern, but they don't fall down in the middle.

**This dough is great for rolling out and making hamburger buns...I use the wide mouth canning jar lid for a cutter.

**Italian Spice bread: knead 2 T of garlic and 1/4 a cup of Italian seasoning (Oregano, basil, rosemary, marjoram, sage, thyme) into each loaf of bread. Yum!

**Cinnamon Breakfast Bread: knead 2 T of Rapadura and 1/8 a cup of Cinnamon.

**I have also used this dough to make Jodi's Garlic Pull Apart Rolls, with the added Italian spices.

There are a  lot more great variations here - to include breadsticks.


all in the family said...

Wahoo! Thank you thank you, DeEtta. I tried the trick that you said to put your bread on the side so it wouldn't fall, but it fell in on the sides?? I made 2 beautiful loaves last night and one was big and beautiful. It was late, I covered it, and by this morning it had sunken down in the middle, GRRR!

Let me know of any other tricks.


DeEtta @ Courageous Joy said...

Oh NO - I'm sorry. It works for me. Are you SURE you want more tricks from ME? LOL