Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ezekiel Bread

So, I made Ezekiel bread for the first time and I was very pleased with how easy it was and how well it turned out! It is nothing like what you can buy at the health food store in the freezer section. The recipe I used turned out just like regular homemeade wheat bread.

I started by grinding the following grains all mixed together:
5 cups wheat
1 cup barley
1 cup rye
1/3 cup millet
1/4 cup pinto beans
1/4 cup soy beans
1/4 cup lentils
1000mg vitamin C tablet (acts a a natural dough enhancer)

(I was able to find all these grains at WinCo in the bulk section)

This is what I ended up with:

Here's the recipe:

5 cups warm water
3 Tbs. yeast
½ cup honey
1 stick of butter
2 Tbsp salt
½ the flour mixture

Mix until blended.

Add ½ cup vital wheat gluten (you can use gluten flour. . . also at WinCo) and gradually add in the rest of the flour, kneading to make a smooth dough, about 10 more minutes. Allow dough to rise ½ hour before shaping into 4 loaves. Rise a second time for ½ hour, and bake at 350 for 25-35 minutes.

Here's my mixing dough:

And here's my nice smooth dough:

The loaves before rising (my girls like to make their own loaves):

After rising:

And out of the oven:

My bread turned out just slightly denser than my wheat bread, but it stayed soft for a very long time. It makes delicious sandwiches or toast. I made grilled cheese and my kids had no idea it was any different than my normal bread, and yet they are getting so many more healthy grains in them!

If you don't have a grinder and are a neighbor or friend, I'd be happy to grind some grains up for you! Just let me know!


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