Friday, February 12, 2010

I won and then I cooked

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I won "Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day" by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François. I also won Bob's Red Mill Wheat flour and Vital Wheat Gluten from The Foodie Blog Roll! Yay. So of course I had to try out a recipe. I tried the Wheat Bread with Olive Oil. Pretty simple to do.


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Mix ingredients together and let sit for 2 hour and then refrigerate overnight,

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Let sit for 90 minutes.


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Bake and voila!


100% White Whole Wheat Bread with Olive Oil

3 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (or use whole wheat flour)
3/4 T yeast
3/4 T fine sea salt (original recipe used kosher salt, which I didn't have. I increased the salt a little.)
2 T vital wheat gluten
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil

Mix dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add liquids and either mix by hand or with a stand mixer and paddle attachment.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap (do not put in airtight container) and let sit until the dough rises (about 2 hours)

Refrigerate for 3 hours or as long as 7 days.

To prepare dough to bake, sprinkle the surface of the dough with flour, then remove a grapefruit sized piece of dough. Sprinkle with flour again, shape the dough into a ball by folding the sides under and stretching the top to a smooth surface. Shape into loaf (like in my picture). Put dough on a pizza peel, parchment paper, or cookie sheet to rest. Cover. Let sit for 90 minutes.

30 minutes before baking preheat oven with the pizza stone and a pan on the bottom shelf that will 1 C of water.

Before baking brush the surface of bread with water, then using a serrated knife, cut parallel slashes into the surface of the bread. Then slide the bread onto the pizza stone or baking sheet, and immediately pour 1 cup hot water into the other baking dish and shut the oven door.

Bake bread for 30-35 minutes, or until firm and nicely browned. If you're baking on parchment paper or silicone mat, remove them after 20 minutes so the bottom of the bread will brown.

7 comments:

  1. I love it!!! That cookbook is the best. I rely on it weekly. Your bread looks fabulous!!

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  2. Quite interesting since I am in a process of making bread myself, unfortunately I don't like the way it turns out. Yours looks beautiful, crunchy and golden. I want to manage to make French baguette and so far it's not been very successful. Great job on your end! Mes compliments!

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  3. Those do look crusty and crunchy and fluffy and good. Yum! I'm on a bread baking kick too, it must be the cold.

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  4. Love homemade wheat bread Janis. Your loaves look fantastic. Warm bread on a wintery day is a comforting memeory.

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  5. Oh there is nothing better than warm bread from the oven on a cold winter's day!

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  6. I am captivated by bread...

    good use of the freebie!

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  7. I love it!!! That cookbook is the best. I rely on it weekly. Your bread looks fabulous!!

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