Thursday, October 7, 2010

Whole Wheat, Spelt, Millet Bread

I had someone suggest that I put more bread recipes on here, so here is a bread that I made today. It is as easy as bread can be. It takes a little while to make, but can be done in the morning. It took me 3 hrs from start to pulled out of the oven. I know it sounds like a long time, however, most of that time was rising and baking. So actual work on it, is only like 20 min or so. Not too bad to end up with some delicious bread.

2 cups all purpose flour
2 pkgs dry active yeast
3 1/2 cups warm water
2/3 cup brown sugar
6 tbsp butter, margarine or shortening
2 1/2 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups spelt flour
2 cups millet flour
1 cup corn meal
1/2 cup wheat flakes (optional)

In a large mixing bowl stir together 2 cups of all purpose flour and the yeast. Set aside. In a medium sauce pan heat and stir water, brown sugar, butter/margarine/shortening, and salt just til warm (120 to 130F) and butter almost melts. Add butter mixture to dry mixture. Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 sec., scraping the sides of the bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, stir in the whole wheat flour and the other flours as much as you can. Turn dough out on to a lightly floured surface. Knead in enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic (6 to 8 minutes). Shape dough into a ball. Place dough into a lightly greased bowl. Turning once to grease surface of the dough.

Cover and let rise in a warm place til double in size (1 - 1 1/2 hours).

Punch down dough, turn dough out onto lightly floured surface divide into 4 or 2 depending on the size of your loaf pan. Cover let rest 10 minutes, meanwhile, grease pan. Shape portions of dough into a loaf by patting or rolling.

Place shaped dough into prepared pan. cover and let rise in a warm oven till double in size (approx. 40- 60 min). DO NOT OPEN OVEN! Bake 375F for 40-45 min or till bread sounds hollow when you tap on the top with your finger. Take bread out of oven and cool on wire racks.

My yummy bread with butter :)

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