This bread recipe I made is a delicious hearty bread. the chew from the flax seeds and the whole grains and quinoa give it a lovely nutty flavor especially when it is toasted. It also makes a really good whole grain sandwich. I hope you will give it a try. It has great health benefits.
Place all of these first ingredients into your bowl and place it on your mixer. Blend them together for a minute or two. Then let them stand for about 5 minutes.
- 2 ½ cups warm water
- ½ cup softened butter
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. salt
- 3 tbsp. Dough enhancer
- ¼ cup raw sugar
- 1 tbsp. Dry yeast
Next add these ingredients into the bowl.
- 1/2 cup whole flax-seed
- 2 cups Nine Grain Cereal
- 1 cup cooked and cooled quinoa
- 6 cups whole wheat flour
After adding these ingredients to the mixer bowl turn the mixer on to low-speed to get the dough to begin coming together. Let it mix just a few minutes until everything is combined.
You will discover the dough is a very stiff but sticky. After everything has come together, empty the dough on to a floured surface and you will need, to knead the dough. I found it is too heavy for the mixer. And it is fun to hand knead anyway. I was actually 20 years old before I had a mixer in the house. My mom had us do everything by hand. Anyway, knead the dough for a good 10 to 15 minutes adding flour as needed to get the dough to an elastic and smoother finish. The dough will be sticky at first, be patient and do not add too much flour during the kneading time, only small dusting at a time. the bread is already dense so we want to keep it as moist and light as possible.
Now that you have sufficiently kneaded the bread, place it in an oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap and place it in a warm draft free place. I use my oven that I have slightly warmed and turned off.
Let the dough rise until double in size, this will take about an hour. After the dough is ready and twice its size gently turn it out of the bowl and divide it into two portions. Do not handle it too much just divide it and gently shape into two loaves and place in oiled bread pans.
Cover the loaves and place back into the warm draft free space you used the last time, until the dough is double in size again about 45 minutes this time.
While the dough is raising turn on your oven to 350 degrees. When the dough is ready bake the loaves for 35 to 40 minutes.
When the bread is done, turn it out onto a wire rack to cool.
At this point I always take a sharp serrated knife and slice off two nice hot slices and spread butter on them and my husband and I enjoy them right then. we just cant wait! it’s like Christmas.
A couple of months ago my husband and I went on a cleanse. We decided to do the Lemonade cleanse, no food just water, tea, and the lemonade mixture for 7 days. It was basically effective I suppose, but it didn’t really have the desired effect. But as we continued through the process and came to the days that we were to slowly begin adding foods back into our diet, the instructions on the cleanse noted that we were not to use any processed wheat items, only whole wheat.
I decided that we would just have no processed foods at all as we were coming down off the cleanse. So I went to the store and purchased the ingredients to make our bread and pastas.
Now the town I live in, there must be something in the water here, because the women here make absolutely the best breads I have ever had. When I moved here and the women of the church began bringing us bread as welcoming gifts and we went to church socials and I had the bread these women make, I told my husband to never sign me up to provide bread. I mean I know how and my family enjoys when I make bread, but I don’t think I am anywhere near able to do what these ladies do, lol.
But…I do make bread. My mother made sure I knew how to make bread. And I am pretty good at making these specialized breads like the one I am going to share with you today.
Interestingly enough that after I made this bread the first time and I served it to my husband, he began to have the exact desired effects he wanted from our cleanse, and now I make two loaves about every ten days. If I keep on top of it he has it for breakfast every day. It keeps him very regular and happy.
I can’t guarantee that this bread will make you happier and healthier, but it does seem to help my husband.
Women of the church, take this recipe and tweak it and tell me how I can improve upon it. I am always ready to learn a better way.