We love bread; probably way too much! I don’t think I’d be lying if I said we eat bread nearly every day. But, as we all know, bread can be loaded with carbs, and those carbs are delicious, but they like to hang around a little too long. (Usually camping out in our mid-sections!)
I started making bread in my early 20’s, but lost interest somewhere along the way. Let’s face it, making bread is a long process, and the yield does not necessarily make the work worth it. And besides, buying ready-made bread at the store is so much easier! But what about nutrition? If we were going to continue eating so much bread, I needed to find a way to make bread that was high in fiber, and as healthy as possible. In addition, when John.e gave me a bright, shiny, red KitchenAid mixer for Christmas, I simply had to put the dough hook attachment to work!
This bread is super easy to make. I admit, it does take a little patience, so try your hand at this on a rainy weekend when you have nothing better to do but stay home.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3 ½ cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups old-fashioned oats
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- ¾ cup pumpkin seeds, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top
- ¾ cup sunflower seeds, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top
- ¼ cup sesame seeds, plus 2 tablespoons for sprinkling on top
- 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 3 cups hot tap water
- 1 ½ tablespoons granulated yeast, or, 2 packets
- ⅔ cup honey
- ¼ cup canola oil
- 1 egg white, beaten with 1 tablespoon water for egg wash
- Start by whisking together the whole wheat flour, the unbleached flour, the oats, seeds, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
- In a separate bowl, combine the water, honey and yeast and allow to sit for 5 minutes (or until the yeast begins to foam).
- Next, add the liquid mixture and the oil to the dry ingredients, and mix well with a wooden spoon.
- Completely cover the bowl with several kitchen towels and allow the dough to rise at room temperature until dough doubles in size and starts to flatten on top, about 1-2 hours.
- Generously flour a work surface and remove a portion of the dough from the bowl. Remember that a portion of dough the size of a grapefruit will result in a medium sized loaf.
- Place dough on floured surface and turn to coat all sides with flour. Knead dough on counter for 2-3 minutes or until dough is smooth an no longer sticky, adding more flour as needed.
- Keep the dough in a circle shape or elongate a bit into an oval.
- Place dough in greased loaf pans and once again, cover dough with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise until doubled in size about or 45-60 minutes.
- Thirty minutes before baking time, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- When dough is ready, use a pastry brush to paint the top of the dough with the egg wash. Combine the extra pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds with the poppy seeds and sprinkle liberally to coat surface heavily with seeds.
- Place the pans in the oven on the middle rack.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until richly browned and firm.
- Smaller or larger loaves will require adjustments in resting and baking time.
- Allow bread to cool on a rack before slicing and eating.