Monday, January 7, 2013

Multigrain Bread - Single Loaf

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I think my most popular recipe on my blog is the multigrain bread recipe.  It is an excellent recipe and pretty much fail-proof. 

I even made a cinnamon swirl version of this bread as well.  Yummy!

My only issue with the recipe was that it made two loaves.  That might not be a concern for most people because I have found this bread freezes very well.  Just eat one loaf and then freeze the other.

However, my family is goofy.  If they know it's been frozen, they won't eat it.  And I like to bake each weekend, so I was getting really stocked up on bread.  My neighbors are on a eat healthy, lose weight plan for the new year, so I can't send the extra loaf to them.  I needed a way to cut this recipe down to one loaf.  I'd been scared to try it until now - because I had always been told baking was very precise and you can't change the recipes. 

I am not a precise cook.  I do not like to be told what to do.  I am very onry honry ornery that way.  How dare a recipe tell me what to do!

And can I just tell you how long it took me to figure out how to spell ornery?  I am a terrible speller, and it's very difficult to look up a word to figure out how to spell it when you don't even have a clue as to where to start.

Anyway - I adjusted the original recipe and it worked just perfectly.  Here's the new measurements. 

You can follow them, or not.  I'm not going to be the one to tell you what to do. 

  • 2/3 cup of 7-grain hot cereal mix
  • 1 1/4 cup of boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour (or whole wheat white flour)
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 1/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1//4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
If you have any questions about what the hot cereal mix looks like, or the yeast I used, check the original version of the recipe here.  There are pictures of those items in that post.

Let's get started making bread, shall we? Put you cereal in the KitchenAid mixer and pour the boiling water over it. Stir it up and let it rest until the mixer cools to 100 degrees - or about 45 minutes to 1 hour later. The cereal should have soaked up most of the water - like this:

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Then add the honey, butter and yeast.

Now, with your bread hook, add the flours (your supposed to whisk them together first, but I never do this). Knead (using the KitchenAid mixer and the bread hook silly!  I don't want you to have to actually knead) until dough forms a ball, about 2 minutes. Cover and let the dough rest for 20-30 minutes (I just take the bread hook off and let it sit in the bowl with the dough and cover the entire bowl).

Then (using the mixer again) mix in the salt and then let the mixer run for about 2-3 minutes again.  You might need to add a bit more flour so that the dough doesn't stick.  The day I made this loaf was the first day I didn't have to add any extra flour at all though. 

Place dough in a greased container and cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise until doubled, 45 minutes to an hour. My house is always so cold (on purpose) that I will often turn on my oven, and then turn it off after 1 minute and put the bread in there.

Here's the dough in my greased container before it has rested for 1 hour.
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And here it is after an hour.

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Spray your 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with Pam.

You are supposed to take your dough to a floured surface and flatten dough into a rectangle shape, and then roll it into a log.  Silly recipe - you are not the boss of me!

I, being the lazy person that I am, the one who doesn't want to have to clean a floured surface later on, have figured out a way to skip this step too. I work with the dough in the air - stretching it out - the way you would handle pizza dough. When I have a rectangle shape about the same size as my loaf pan, I roll it up tightly. I then take that dough and roll it around in the oats and then put this in the loaf pan.

This time I had my daughter Bailey take pictures of how I stretch the dough so you could see what I do.
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Action shots!
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Just let the weight of the dough help stretch it out.

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Here I'm rolling it into the general loaf form. Try not to get any air between the layers, they will make holes in the finished loaf.Bread (20)

Once you have your finished loaf shape, roll the loaf into the oats. Bread (23)

Be sure to have a nice manicure prior to taking pictures please (unlike me).

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Here's the finished loaf - ready to rise for another hour.

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Cover the pan lightly with plastic wrap and allow to rise another 45 minutes to 1 hour.

After the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 375 and bake for about 30-40 minutes. My oven takes about 32 minutes.

Remove the loaf from the pan and allow to cool, and sit back and be so impressed with yourself because your house smells so wonderful



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Liza Turner said...

Those health kick neighbors are really missing out.

Linda said...

This is a favorite bread recipe....thanks to you!!