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Wholesome Nutri-Grain Bread

 
 

Bake your own delicious and nutritious bread with the Wholesome Nutri-Grain Bread template. This guide helps you create a variety of grain-based breads that are perfect for sandwiches, toast, or enjoying on their own. Mix and match different flours, grains, seeds, and add-ins to create a loaf that suits your tastes and dietary needs.

Base Ingredients:

Flours (Choose 1-2, 3 cups total):
  • Whole wheat flour

  • Spelt flour

  • Rye flour

  • Oat flour

  • Almond flour (use in combination with other flours for best results)

Grains (Optional, Choose 1-2, 1/2-1 cup cooked):
  • Quinoa

  • Millet

  • Brown rice

  • Bulgur

Seeds (Choose 1-2, 1/4-1/2 cup total):
  • Sunflower seeds

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Flaxseeds

  • Chia seeds

  • Sesame seeds

Yeast Mixture:
  • 1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast

  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup

  • 1/2 cup warm water

Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 cup warm water

  • 1/4 cup olive oil or melted coconut oil

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Flavor Enhancers (Optional, Choose 1-2, 1-2 teaspoons each):
  • Salt (1 teaspoon is common)

  • Cinnamon

  • Nutmeg

  • Dried herbs: rosemary, thyme, oregano

Additional Ingredients (Optional, Choose 1-2, 1/4-1/2 cup total):
  • Dried fruits: raisins, cranberries, apricots

  • Nuts: chopped walnuts, almonds, pecans

  • Grated vegetables: carrots, zucchini

Method of Preparation:

  1. Prepare Yeast Mixture:

    • In a small bowl, mix the active dry yeast, honey or maple syrup, and warm water. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until frothy.

  2. Combine Dry Ingredients:

    • In a large mixing bowl, combine the chosen flours, cooked grains (if using), and seeds. Add salt and any optional flavor enhancers like cinnamon or dried herbs. Mix well.

  3. Add Wet Ingredients:

    • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the frothy yeast mixture, warm water, olive oil or melted coconut oil, and apple cider vinegar. Mix until a dough forms.

  4. Knead the Dough:

    • Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour; if too dry, add a little more water.

  5. First Rise:

    • Place the kneaded dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.

  6. Add Additional Ingredients:

    • After the first rise, gently deflate the dough and knead in any optional additional ingredients like dried fruits, nuts, or grated vegetables.

  7. Shape and Second Rise:

    • Shape the dough into a loaf and place it in a greased loaf pan. Cover and let rise again for about 30-45 minutes, or until it has risen just above the edge of the pan.

  8. Preheat and Bake:

    • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Bake the bread for 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. If the top browns too quickly, cover loosely with foil.

  9. Cool and Serve:

    • Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely before slicing.

Nutritional Profile:

  • Flours: Provide complex carbohydrates and fiber.

  • Grains: Add texture and additional nutrients.

  • Seeds: Boost healthy fats, protein, and fiber.

  • Yeast Mixture: Helps the bread rise and adds a touch of sweetness.

  • Wet Ingredients: Add moisture and enhance texture.

  • Flavor Enhancers and Additional Ingredients: Add depth of flavor and extra nutrition.

Considerations:

  • For a gluten-free option, use a combination of gluten-free flours and add a binder like xanthan gum or psyllium husk.

  • For a vegan option, ensure all ingredients are plant-based.

  • Customize the bread with seasonal ingredients and personal preferences for the freshest flavors.


 

This template allows for endless combinations of nutritious and delicious breads, ensuring you can enjoy a different flavor every time.

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