Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Bread Machine Recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Bread with Oats, Bran, and Flaxseed Meal

[I love making bread in my oven, but I have been using a bread machine this summer that I bought on Craigslist. The little square loaves are not the most beautiful, but they taste just fine]

(Makes one loaf, about 1.5 pounds, recipe created by Kalyn.)

Dry ingredients - Mix in bowl:

2 cups White Whole Wheat Flour

1 cup ground rolled oats (oatmeal ground in a food processor, or use 1 cup whole oatmeal)

1/3 cup wheat bran

2 T flaxseed meal

2 T vital wheat gluten

1 T dough enhancer

1 tsp. salt

Wet Ingredients and sweeteners - Mix in measuring cup:

1 1/3 cup lukewarm water

1 T olive oil

1 T agave nectar

2 tsp. brown sugar

2 tsp. yeast (I used Red Star Active Dry Yeast, not a special yeast for bread machines.)

Follow directions for your bread machine. In my Oster Bread Machine I put the liquid in first, followed by the dry ingredients I mixed in the bowl. Then I make a small well in the flour and put the yeast in that. I used the whole wheat setting on the machine.

Watch bread while it goes through the first mixing cycle, and if it doesn't form a ball you may need to add either more flour or water, 1 tablespoon at a time. The dough should make a firm ball and be only slightly sticky.

If you're going to be taking photos of the bread for your food blog, you may want to take the dough out of the machine right before the final rise and gently fold sides under to make a loaf with a smooth top. When I didn't do that, I still had a tasty bread but the top wasn't as well-shaped.

My bread machine takes 3 hours 40 minutes for the whole wheat cycle. Bread is delicious hot or cold, and also makes great toast.

[I'm messing around with this recipe. This time, I subbed a cup of bread flour for the oats and omitted the gluten and dough enhancer and added an extra 1/2 t of yeast. This is a dense recipe; my machine walked off the counter and smashed all over the floor yesterday. To it's credit, it took that lickin' , but when I plunked the dough ball back in the pan and plugged the machine back into the socket, it picked up where it had left off .]


gwen1234 said...

You are really beginning to convince me on this bread machine thing...

hefk said...

should I bring it when I come to help you can decide if you like it?