EDM Challenge – Something you made

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A drawing and recipe combo – a loaf of 9-grain bread … fresh from the oven. I bake the same way I cook – starting with a basic recipe and then improvising. The recipe is below, if you want to try it.

Soak 1/2 cup 9 grain cereal (granular, not flakes) in about 1/2 cup water
Do this about 45 min. before starting to bake.

1.5 cups warm water
1.5 teaspoons yeast
2 TBS molasses
(Mix all the above together in a big mixer bowl with a bread hook. Let it sit until the yeast activates.)

2.5 TBS soft butter
2 tsp. salt
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups white flour (add the flours a little at a time, beating with bread hook)
Finally, add the softened 9 grain cereal.
Add enough extra flour, bit by bit so that the dough forms a ball and starts to pull away smoothly from the sides of the bowl while beating.

Keep mixing with bread hook for at least 5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and glossy and the elastic-y gluten is well developed.

Turn the dough on a floured board and knead, keep adding a little more flour if it is sticky. Knead it in well.

Finally, put it in a greased bowl, covered with a cloth, in a warm place. Let it rise at least an hour, until doubled. Punch it down, divide into two pieces. Make a rectangle of each piece of dough, and shape into a loaf. Put it in a loaf pan and let it rise again, until double.

Bake at 350 degree oven for about 20 -30 minutes or until golden brown.
Let it set up about 15 minutes before slicing …. if you can resist.


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