As promised, a yummy recipe for bread. I was so excited because my bread actually turned out fabulous! Now, I used a bread machine that I pilfered from my mom, but have no fear because I have also included a recipe for those of you that need to do it by hand. And, let me tell you — next to the smell of a baby’s soft head, there is nothing like the smell of fresh bread!
Sunflower Oatmeal and Flax Whole Wheat Bread
Makes 1 1/2-lb. loaf
1 1/4 cup water
3 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal (rolled oats)
1 cup bread flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp. active dry yeast
1/3 cup sunflower seeds, unsalted and hulled
1/4 cup ground flaxseed
Put all of the contents into the bread machine, and bake!! Lickety-split!
If you do not have a bread machine, that’s OK — you can also make this one by hand . . .
By hand: Knead bread flour, whole wheat flour and yeast for 8 to 10 minutes, and then place in a greased (use butter or cooking spray) bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled (about 1 1/2 hours). Uncover, knead and “punch down” the dough. Cover and let rise for another 30-45 minutes. Then, form loaf and place in a greased bread pan. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled (approximately 45 minutes). Begin to preheat oven halfway through this last rising stage.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes.
Tip for checking on a loaf: If you tap the top of it and hear a hollow sound, then the bread is properly cooked.
Turn pan over, remove bread, cover with a towel and cool before you slice.
Mmmm . . . ENJOY!