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A Wise Woman’s Advice & A Recipe for 10-Grain Whole Wheat Bread

Loaf of 10-Grain Whole Wheat Bread
I’m trying. Oh, how I am trying. I’m trying so very hard to stick to a clean, healthy diet – as part of a hapless resolution, naturally – and it seems that I’m constantly being tested. It started out wonderfully, and then about a week into it, things started to go wrong; events popped up, excessive work piled, I was nursing a headache that just wouldn’t quit, and finally, the other day we lost my dog of nearly sixteen years.

As these things happened, my patience {not to be mistaken for my willpower} began to dwindle.

I just wanted to cook – to bake – something beautiful and sensational… something with a luxurious texture and an aroma that would permeate every inch of everything I own.

I wanted to bake something that would take time and effort, because that’s where I find comfort and peace. But of course, something that fits that description does not fit into my new {most likely temporary} healthy eating plan.

Bag of 10-Grain Hot Cereal
Instead of baking, C and I went to Mercato one afternoon to savour some Italian food {surely that would fix my problems of late…}, and it was there that our brilliant server gave me what just might be the most useful tip I’ve ever received. He happily exclaimed, “My wife always says, ‘If you have to choose between a piece of bread and a glass of wine, always pick the wine.’”

He really got me thinking… first of all, I really wanted a glass of wine. Secondly, I was going to make some bread. Some really healthy, grainy bread that would satisfy my need to bake something time consuming and cathartic, but would also fit into this ridiculous plan of mine.

Now I have a beautiful loaf of 10-Grain Whole Wheat Bread, a glass wine in my hand, and a feeling of weight having been lifted off my shoulders… and it’s all because of a really nice guy and his wise little lady.

Note: for optimal results, take out your frustrations on the bread dough in steps 4 and 5 of bread-making (kneading and punching), and enjoy wine during periods of rising. Follow up with the consumption of warm slices of buttered bread {and more wine, if desired}.

Loaf of 10-Grain Whole Wheat Bread

10-Grain Whole Wheat Bread
Makes 1 loaf

Ingredients:
Water (see instructions)
1 cup hot, grainy cereal (such as Bob’s Red Mill 10 Grain)
1 tablespoon flaxseed (plus ½ teaspoon for finishing)
¼ cup water mixed with ¼ cup milk
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large egg
2 tablespoons honey
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 – 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 egg white mixed with 1 teaspoon cold water
¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt

Instructions:
1. In a medium pot, boil 1 cup of water; stir in cereal and flax, remove from heat and let cool to lukewarm.

2. Microwave water and milk mixture for 10-15 seconds, or until it’s warm to the touch; transfer to a large bowl, and add yeast, let rest for 5 minutes.

3. Add cooked cereal, salt, oil, egg, and honey, and mix on low speed with an electric mixer for 30 seconds. Add ½ cup all-purpose flour, and beat for another 30 seconds; add remaining ½ cup all-purpose flour and beat on medium-high for 1 minutes

4. Stir in 1 cup whole wheat flour, and when mostly incorporated turn dough out onto a clean, dry surface and knead until smooth and elastic – about 4-5 minutes, adding more flour if the dough is sticky. Transfer to an oiled glass or plastic bowl, and turn to coat; cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm, draft free spot for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.

5. Punch down dough, form into a loaf, and transfer to an oiled loaf pan. Cover with a tea towel and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot for 45-50 minutes, or until doubled in size.

6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and uncover risen loaf. Brush lightly with the egg white and water, and sprinkle with flax and salt. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until bread is an even caramel colour and sounds hollow when tapped.

* To create this loaf, I combined one of my own whole wheat bread recipes with the technique used in the 10-Grain Orange Bread recipe from Bob’s Red Mill. To make it more exciting, try adding orange or lemon zest, grated or chunked cheese, or an assortment of chopped fresh herbs.

Coco

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  1. Kimmy @ Lighter and Local01-16-12

    That is one wise lady! I concur! However, bread, is a well-known weakness of mine. I love this bread, however, it looks to fit the bill when you’re craving!

  2. torviewtoronto01-16-12

    delicious looking bread

  3. Stephanie01-27-12

    So sorry to hear about losing your dog, pets really become family members!

    That is a beautiful loaf of bread, I love trying out different grains

  4. Stephanie Arsenault01-28-12

    Thanks, Stephanie! It’s alwasy fun to experiment a little bit with different grains and flours :)

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