10-Grain Whole Wheat Bread

You know how you’re always searching for just the right homemade whole wheat bread–nutritious and soft and squishy?  I ran across a Bosch 9-grain recipe, but it was always dense and sort of non-pliable when I made it.  Then I ran across a whole wheat bread recipe that had a surprise ingredient–Vitamin C (?!), and a ton more wheat gluten than I’d ever seen in a recipe, and it turned out amazing.  But I missed the whole grain element…so I decided to fuse the two recipes.

The 9-grain Bosch recipe called for millet separately; I found a 10-grain cereal that included millet, so I use that instead.  I also added wheat germ.  This recipe is a great one to try for first-time bread makers; unlike most yeast breads you don’t have to bloom the yeast or let it double rise, and it still turns out great!  You just mix everything together, form it into loaves, let it rise in the pans, and bake.  I don’t know if it’s the wheat gluten, or the vitamin C, or the combination of both, but it’s always turned out whole-grain-y and chewy and soft–great for sandwiches, french toast, or fresh from the oven and smothered in homemade jam!

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10-GRAIN WHOLE WHEAT BREAD

  • Servings: makes 4 loaves
  • Difficulty: easy, if you're a bread maker, medium if it's your first time trying out a yeast bread
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I have a large “Pullman loaf” pan, so this recipe yields three loaves for me: one in the large pullman pan, and two in regular 5×9 bread pans.  Without the pullman pan, this recipe will yield 4-6 loaves, depending on if you use 4×8 pans or 5×9 pans.  I have made this recipe using 100% whole wheat flour (I grind my own wheat), half wheat and half white flour (if my wheat is running low), and 100% white flour (if I’ve totally run out of wheat), and they’ve all worked great.  Freezes well!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/3 cups 10-grain cereal (uncooked)
  • 2/3 cup sunflower seeds
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons wheat germ
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 cups flour (white or wheat)
  • 2 tablespoons yeast
  • 3 cups flour (white or wheat)
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten
  • 1000mg Vitamin C (this could be in the form of crushed pills, or Vitamin C powder.  I have the powder, just because I think it’s easier to scoop the powder than crushing pills.  For me, the powder works out to 3 1/2 teaspoons)
  • While kneading, an additional  1 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups flour (white or wheat)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Add the first group of ingredients (the cereal through hot water, in the order listed) in a large bowl.  Stir with a wooden spoon and let sit for five minutes.
  2. Add the second group of ingredients, in the order listed, stirring to a paste.  Let rest for a few minutes.
  3. Add the third group of ingredients, in the order listed, stirring until the mixture starts to pull from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Sprinkle a little flour on a hard surface and dump out the dough for kneading.  While kneading, occasionally sprinkle flour on the dough to prevent stickiness.  Only add enough flour to make the dough soft and supple, don’t add too much or it’ll become dry and tough.  Knead for about 10 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into equal-sized balls to fit the number of pans you have.  Form each ball into a loaf by first rolling out each ball into a rectangle, then roll up the rectangle, pinching the seams as you go so air pockets don’t form.  Place the bread rolls in the loaf pans and cover with a thin, damp towel and let rise.  Depending on how warm your kitchen is, it’ll take 1-2 hours to rise about 2 inches above the pans.  Preheat the oven to 350 while the bread is rising, and bake for 30-45 minutes, until bread is golden brown.  Another trick to know when they are done baking:  The loaves will sound hollow when you tap them outside of the bread pan.

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Poached Eggs on Toast

poached eggs on toast

My favorite breakfast when I was little was poached eggs on buttered toast.  Something about that salt-sprinkled cracked egg yolk running over crispy crunchy, sweet, buttered toast–warm, yummy, and comforting.  Whenever I hear those famous chef-folk talk about “umami”, it’s always a somewhat nebulous mystery to me–what do they mean by umami?!  Why do they use the word in the definition?!–that doesn’t help anyone understand what they are talking about when they are licking their lips after downing sea urchin, soy sauce, and other “ocean-y” tasting things.  Is umami like drinking the ocean, or what?!

And then I remembered the salty, homey, earthy taste of poached eggs on buttered toast–and I realized, in my opinion, that’s what umami is!  Not the ocean per se, but that otherwise indescribably melty, homey, hint of salt flavor.

And when you’re all grown up, it’s only right to put something green on that toast, right?!  Homemade toasted 10-grain whole wheat bread topped with smashed lime avocado, sautéed asparagus, fresh tomato slices, poached eggs, and grapefruit sections on the side.


POACHED EGGS WITH LIME AVOCADO AND FRESH VEGGIES ON TOAST

  • Servings: 2-4
  • Difficulty: easy
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You can top your toast with any veggies you’d like–peas, broccoli, etc.; I had fresh tomatoes and asparagus on hand so that’s what I used.

INGREDIENTS

  • bread of choice for toasting
  • 1-2 avocados (1 will be sufficient for 2 slices of toast)
  • 1-2 limes, juiced
  • 1 garden fresh tomato
  • 15-20 asparagus stalks
  • 1 egg per piece of toast

DIRECTIONS

  1. Bring a pot of water to a slow simmer over medium heat.
  2. While water is heating, first, toast bread and butter slices.  Next, trim and sauté the asparagus stalks in olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  3. The water should be ready for poaching the eggs at this point.  It’s true what they say–add a splash of vinegar and it will keep the egg white tighter while poaching.  Gently drop the eggs in the water and watch so they don’t over-poach, maybe 3-4 minutes total.
  4. While eggs are poaching, shuck the avocados and smash in a bowl with the lime juice, add salt and pepper to taste.  Slice fresh tomatoes.
  5. Layer toast: lime avocado, sautéed asparagus, one slice of tomato, poached egg, sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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