Monday 27 October 2014

Recipe of the week - Hearty Whole Grain & Seed Bread

Like all my bread recipes, this one's instructions are for the bread machine, but obviously, if you know how to bake bread the old fashioned way, you'll already know how to modify it for that. 

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Servings: 16
Yield: One 2 lb loaf
  • 2 1/4 Cups water
  • 2 TBS and 2 tsp olive or grape seed oil
  • 2 TBS honey
  • 2 TBS molasses
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 Cup misc flour
  • 2 Cups whole wheat bread flour
  • 2 TBS buttermilk powder
  • 1 TBS cocoa powder
  • 3 TBS vital wheat gluten
  • 2/3 Cup flax meal
  • 1/4 Cup (+1/8 C reserved) oats
  • 3 TBS (+1 TBS reserved) sunflower seeds
  • 3 TBS (+1 TBS reserved) pumpkin seeds
  • 2 TBS (+2 tsp reserved) sesame seeds
  • 1 TBS chia seeds
  • 2 TBS poppy seeds
  • 2 TBS course cornmeal
  • 1TBS quinoa
  • 1 TBS millet
  • 2 TBS cracked wheat
  • 2 TBS wheat germ
  • 1 TBS amaranth Grain
  • 1 TBS bulger
  • 1 TBS hemp seeds, shelled
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast


  1. Place all ingredients (except reserved seeds/oats) in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. Select whole wheat cycle. Add the reserved items at last knead cycle (or signal, if machine has one).
  3. Let cool for a bit before removing from bread pan.
  4. Try not to burn yourself when cutting yourself a slice before recommended! ;)
  5. Enjoy!


• To make the bread vegan, substitute agave nectar for honey and omit buttermilk powder 

• Lightly toasting the sunflower, sesame, and pumpkin seeds adds a mellow, nuttier flavour - Just pop them on a baking sheet under the broiler in the toaster oven (or regular oven) for 4 minutes or so. 

• Other grains/seeds can be substituted or added. Just make sure the overall amount of seeds and grains remains about the same. • Regular powered milk may be substituted for buttermilk powder. 

• Perfect for sandwiches, toast, dinner bread, or just a quick snack with butter, cheese, or nothing at all. 

• Add a beaten egg or two for extra protein, flavour, and moist/eggy texture (don't use the timer setting if adding egg)

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