Saturday, September 22, 2012

Yummy Flaxseed, Oat & Whole Wheat Bread

2 c whole wheat flour
2 c + 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
½ c flaxseed meal
1 c oat flour (ground oatmeal is fine- you can do it in your blender)
½ c rolled oats
2 tbsp yeast
1 tsp sugar
2.5 c warm water (½ cup for activating yeast)
½ c milk (you can use more water instead)
3 tbsp fat (I used yogurt spread)
2 tbsp oil

Activate yeast and a tsp of sugar in ½ cup of warm water, let sit until foamy. 
Yeast while activating.

Foamy Yeast

Flax/Oat mixture while absorbing liquid.
While yeast is activating, put flaxseed meal, rolled oats, and oat flour in a large bowl, and add left over water and milk. Let sit until the yeast is foamy (about 5-10 minutes) and before adding yeast mix really well and add fat. 

Add yeast, mix in, and then add the whole wheat flour. After whole wheat flour is mixed in, add in the unbleached flour. Combine. It doesn't have to be perfect, you're going to knead it anyways.

On a clean surface, spread out about one cup more of unbleached flour. Dump out dough in to flour, and knead until smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour, about ¼ cup at a time.
This is what it should look like after kneading.

Once you have kneaded the dough to where it needs to be, take another large bowl (or clean the one you were using before) and add about 2 tbsp of oil. 
Olive oil is best. Spread it around the bowl using your fingers or a paper towel. Set ball of dough in the bowl, cover with a damp kitchen towel, and let rise until double.
Dough coated in oil, waiting to be covered for first rise.

Once it has doubled, punch down and then cut in half. If you want two loaves, then form in to loaves and place in greased pans. Let rise until it is about ½ an inch from the top of the loaf pan.
Cut in half after doubling in rise.

If you want rolls and a loaf, then pinch off dough and make in to round balls. Place on a baking sheet, and let rise about 10 minutes.

Covered with damp cloth for second rise.

Shaped in to a loaf and put in greased pan.

Formed rolls.

Ready to go in the oven.

Finished roll

Finished loaf with egg wash on crust.

Bake at 350 degrees. About 10-15 minutes for rolls, and about 35 minutes for the loaf. Enjoy!

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