Saturday, October 16, 2010

Multigrain Bread

This is one of our favorite breads, it is full of goodness! Great for toasting too.
This bread is easy to make and your house will smell wonderful as it's baking!

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups scalded milk
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 3 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons instant yeast
  • 2 cups bran
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup ground flaxseed
  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 cups multigrain flour
  • 2 cups white flour

Directions:

  1. Scald milk, add honey, salt, oil and water and mix till honey is melted.
  2. Add bran, wheat germ, ground flaxseed and stir until mixed.
  3. Add in multigrain, whole wheat and white flour and yeast, stirring and kneading as you add each flour. Add the white flour 1 cup at a time, add a little more if you need it to make a slightly firm but not too hard a dough. Knead approx 8 minutes.
  4. Place dough in a greased bowl and let rise in a warm place till doubled in bulk, about 1 hour. Punch down and cut into 4 equal pieces.
  5. Shape each piece into a loaf and put into greased 91/2" x 51/2" loaf pans. With a rolling pin I roll each piece into a flat rectangle, then roll it up to form a loaf. This helps to avoid air pockets in the bread.
  6. Cover and let rise until double in bulk.
  7. Bake at 400ºF for 28 minutes. Sometimes my loaves 'fall in' a bit as they bake but it doesn't change the flavor or texture and I kind of like the uneven top:)
  8. Yields: 4 loaves

29 comments:

  1. Oh this sounds so good. I have not seen multi grain flour. I will have to keep my eyes out for it.

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  2. Betty, I have been thinking about you and the bagels you posted a while back. I've been working up my courage to try them (someday!) and now you go and post this gorgeous multi grain bread. Looks super good and super good for me. Will add this to my stash of must-makes.

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  3. I wish they sold multi grain flour down here. This looks delicious!

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  4. Good morning dears,

    This will be a great project for me to do with my grands.

    All joys to you,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  5. This looks wonderful. And it has flaxseed in it! Hooray!

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  6. Any Canadians, specifically from Ontario, know where you may be able to find Whole Grain Flour? Have never seen it anywhere.

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  7. Any Canadians, specifically from Ontario, know where you may be able to find Whole Grain Flour? Have never seen it anywhere.

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  8. The multigrain flour I use is called 'Best for Bread blend Multigrain' by Robin Hood. It's a blend of flours, cracked wheat, cracked rye and whole flax. All our grocery stores carry it..I find it at Superstore (President's Choice), Sobey's and Safeway.

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  9. In Ontario, check out The Bulk Barn. I am convinced you would find multigrain flour there. Otherwise, many health food stores should carry this, as well. Good luck.

    BTW, beautiful bread. Thank you for this post. A Definite keeper!

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  10. Do you add the yeast to the milk once it's cooled down.

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  11. Irene..I use instant yeast and add it in with the flours.

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  12. The reason your bread is falling is because you're allowing the second rise to go a bit too long. Bake when it's about 90% of double. You'll get a bit better oven spring also. One of the little tricks I've learned with bread making.

    I've never seen multi grain flour either. Will have to search for it.

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  13. Hey Anonymous, I am from Ontario, Canada. Peterborough, actually and I have purchased multigrain flour at WalMart. It is made by Robin Hood.
    Best of luck with this yummy recipe.

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  14. I can share from personal experience tasting this bread, it is fabulous!!!
    I got all the ingredients and made it with freshly ground whole wheat and the whole bit....well, let me just say that is didn't turn out like yours at all...i think we should have Mennonite Girls Can Cook bloopers.....my efforts would have qualified ;) but my dear husband said he like heavy bread, sweet man, even is kind when it doesn't turn out....and yes it still did get all eaten.

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  15. my personal experience being bread baked by betty.....that was fabulous!

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  16. Every year, I say, "this is the year that I learn to bake bread." But, alas, the years have come and gone and I'm still not a bread baker. I admire those of you who do. It looks wonderful.

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  17. must try this! I have been trying to find more & more healthy recipes & this bread sounds wonderful!!!! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I made this yesterday, and it is so good! I didn't have multigrain flour, and didn't want to run to the store. So I used a combo of oatmeal, oat bran, more ground flax and more bran. I also added some vital wheat gluten (2T) as I've found it helps breads that aren't made entirely of white flour be not so heavy. I will be making this again and again. Thank you!

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  19. Thank you Candace..I often substitute or add different flours, oatmeal or sunflower seeds as well.
    I'm glad you did and told us about it. And so happy that you like the bread!

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  20. you can buy 7 grain flour at Nutters. I'm not sure if they have that in Ontario buy that is where I buy for my multigrain bread.

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  21. I just made this recipe tonight. I did many things wrong but it still turned out! It's not as fluffy as the picture, but it sure is soft.

    Instead of scalding the milk and adding the other ingredients to it, I heated the milk with honey, salt, etc. Oops! And I didn't have bran, so I just added more wheat germ and a bit more flour.

    Also, I only have three loaf pans, so I put the last of the dough in a muffin tray. These muffin breads will be great for those "on the go" moments!
    -Kaitlin

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  22. Hi Auntie Betty...I just finished putting my first 2 loaves in the oven. Justin has been asking me to make home made bread for a while now. So I decided today was the day.
    We will enjoy it with supper today.
    Hope you have a fabulous long weekend!
    -Ingrid

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    1. Hi Ingrid..hope you enjoy the bread..freshly baked bread is such a treat! Enjoy your weekend.

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  23. I am in the process of making this bread now.I would be interested in the nutrional facts on the bread if you have it.Thanks.

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    1. I am sorry I do not have the nutritional facts on this bread. Hope it turns out for you..it always works well for me.

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  24. Thank you for posting this recipe and introducing me to multigrain flour, which I bought on Amazon.com. I was looking for a very healthy bread recipe like this. I just made 3 loaves (used larger pans). They are nutty and delicious. Out of caution, I probably didn't let them rise enough, fearing they would fall (my mistake), so they're a bit heavy, more like a roll. Next time I'll let them rise longer, and I may add some vital wheat gluten. I also may back off 1C of the multigrain flour, as the dough was pretty heavy even before I added the white flour. Thank you again for posting this. Yummy!

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  25. I have made this bread many times and it is wonderful!!

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  26. Hello, I'm from Vancouver, BC Canada. To answer your questions about Multigrain Flour it is sold in Vancouver anyway and is a product of Robin Hood Flour and can be bought in any grocery store such as Save On Foods or Safeway. If you use Canadian flour do not use vital wheat gluten or your loaf will be to large and over flow from the bake pan. Canadian flour already has a high content of protein and gluten so a word to the wise. By the way whole grain flour is Whole Wheat flour and again can be bought in any Canadian grocery outlet, it is not a specialty item.. You could probably find whole wheat four that was heavier in a health food store or in the bulk isle of any Save On Foods store.

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