Europeans like bread. A LOT! In any shape or form. So that is def. one thing that I miss about home. According to my experiences, it is really hard to find healthy but still tasty, sweet but not too plain, AND affordable breads in America. I’ve been experimenting with many “healthy” bread recipes in the last few years, but I usually ended up never making the same one twice. Something was always missing it seemed….until now
This one I found on the website of the King Arthur Flour company and for sure it’s a keeper!! The recipe makes either 1 regular size loaf, or 2 little ones. You can either make the dough in a bread maker (and then bake it in the oven), or just hand knead it.
1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup honey, molasses, or maple syrup
1/4 cup nonfat dried milk
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
3 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour
2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast (or 1 packet active dry yeast)
other spices according to taste
seeds (flax, sesame, chia, poppy, pumpkin, etc.) to decorate the top
1) Combine all of the ingredients. Knead it for 6 to 8 minutes. (Adjust its consistency with additional water or flour, if necessary).
2) Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and allow it to rise till puffy (about 1 to 2 hours).
3) Shape it and decorate top with seeds. Place it into a greased loaf pan, cover the pan loosely with a clean dish cloth. Allow the bread to rise for an additional 1 to 2 hours.
4) Preheat the oven to 350°F and bake the bread for 40 to 45 minutes, tenting it lightly with aluminum foil after 20 minutes to prevent over-browning (Insert a toothpick to make sure the middle is done).
5) Remove the bread from the oven, and let it cool on a rack. Store the bread in a plastic bag at room temperature, or freeze it for later.
I hope you’ll like it, ‘cause we sure do!!