Multigrain Bread

Glad to share this recipe with you. I use “Cook’s Illustratated” recipes a lot, since they are testing (so I don’t have to) many available recipes before developing the best one. Please check out their link below. This bread is really very easy to make once you know what you are doing. There is very short active time. Basically bread making is all about waiting for the dough to do its work. Just keep the timer with you, so you don’t forget about it.

Here is the recipe in its entirety:

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/

MUTLIGRAIN BREAD

Makes two 9 by 5-inch loaves

Don’t confuse 7-grain hot cereal mix with boxed, cold breakfast cereals that may also be labeled “7-grain.” Our favorite brands of 7-grain mix are Bob’s Red Mill and Arrowhead Mills. Leftover bread can be wrapped in a double layer of plastic wrap and stored at room temperature for 3 days; wrap with an additional layer of aluminum foil and the bread can be frozen for up to one month.

Ingredients

  •  6 1/4ounces 7-grain hot cereal mix , 1 1/4 cups, (see note above)
  • 20ounces boiling water (2 1/2 cups)
  • 15ounces unbleached all-purpose flour (3 cups), plus extra for dusting work surface
  • 7 1/2ounces whole wheat flour (1 1/2 cups)
  • 4tablespoons honey
  •  4tablespoons unsalted butter , melted and cooled slightly
  • 2 1/2teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1tablespoon table salt
  •  3/4cup pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, (unsalted)
  •  1/2cup old-fashioned rolled oats or quick oats

Instructions

1. Place cereal mix in bowl of standing mixer and pour boiling water over it; let stand, stirring occasionally, until mixture cools to 100 degrees and resembles thick porridge, about 1 hour. Whisk flours in medium bowl.
2. Once grain mixture has cooled, add honey, melted butter, and yeast and stir to combine. Attach bowl to standing mixer fitted with dough hook. With mixer running on low speed, add flours, 1/2 cup at a time, and knead until dough forms ball, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes; cover bowl with plastic and let dough rest 20 minutes. Add salt and knead on medium-low speed until dough clears sides of bowl, 3 to 4 minutes (if it does not clear sides, add 2 to 3 tablespoons additional all-purpose flour and continue mixing); continue to knead dough for 5 more minutes. Add seeds and knead for another 15 seconds. Transfer dough to floured work surface and knead by hand until seeds are dispersed evenly and dough forms smooth, taut ball. Place dough into greased container with 4-quart capacity; cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until doubled, 45 to 60 minutes.
3. Adjust oven rack to middle position; heat oven to 375 degrees. Spray two 9 by 5-inch loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface and pat into 12 by 9-inch rectangle; cut dough in half crosswise with knife or bench scraper. Follow illustrations 1 through 3 below to shape loaves and coat with oats; cover lightly with plastic wrap and let rise until almost doubled in size, 30 to 40 minutes. (Dough should barely spring back when poked with knuckle.) Bake until internal temperature registers 200 degrees on instant-read thermometer, 35 to 40 minutes. Remove loaves from pans and cool on wire rack before slicing, about 3 hours.

Step by Step

1. Getting the loaf into Shape:  With short side facing you, starting at farthest end, roll dough piece into log. Keep roll taut by tucking it under itself as you go.

2. To seal loaf, pinch seam gently with thumb and forefinger. Spray loaves lightly with water or nonstick cooking spray.

3. Roll each dough log in oats to coat evenly. Place loaf seam-side down in greased loaf pan, pressing gently into corners.

I use Bob’s Red Mill 7 grain hot cereal. My Daughter likes this bread also. It is really much better tasted then the supermarket type. Plus you know exactly what went into making it.

Cheers!

– Mom

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