Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Whole Wheat-Oat -Grain Bread with Nuts n Craisins...!!!

So..Finally after the long long wait I did bake..n am so happy the bread came out soo well..I am not blowing my own trumpet,but it tasted awesome,way way better than the store-bought bread,thanks to so many people who gave me all the tips needed for baking..:)



I was lil tensed about baking a bread,'cos the whole thing was so new to me n I had no clue how it would turn out.Apparently,we both are not so fond of breads.They were actually considered as a material for easy breakfast, to prepare in a jiffy.Toast it,pop in some scrambled egg or mushrooms and a on-the-fly healthy breakfast is ready.But I always used to make it a point that I buy only whole wheat n grain breads from shop.Once I saw 7 grain n bought,next time I saw 9 grain,got more happy n bought,next time it was 12 grain.Then I seriously started doubting what they really meant by grains..:D..nyhow,for my baking experiment I enthusiastically threw into small poly bags,some sunflower,flax n sesame seeds.Also on the halway of the process,I was reminded of my walnuts n craisins n threw them in too..The end result was ,as you can see , a thick ,rich,nutritious n beautiful bread.It looked n tasted so different from the store bought one.I was expecting some more air pockets ,which I couldn't find much in my bread.Nevertheless,they tasted awesome...A simple spread of Marmalade,n you can munch it for anytime.They said it right,once you taste the home made bread,you wouldn't ever feel like going back to shop n pick one from there..There is one helluva difference..:)


I have to specially thank Yasmeen for the tips n helps she gave me through mail..Thanks dear..:)
allrecipes n this site has also helped me for making out a recipe.This is a simple basic recipe,so all those who still don't have come into good terms with oven,can easily give it a try..For added nutrition I have added Oat meal also,along with the regular wheat flour..Also all you baking experts out there,please give me your suggestions(about air pockets) n tips for a more lovely bread next time..I'l be so glad to hear from you all..:)






Ingredients

3 cups Whole Wheat Flour

1/2 cup Oat meal(If you find the flour mix not comfortably dry,add some more oat meal..I dint have to,though)

1/3 cup milk

1/4 cup honey

1 cup warm water

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

1/4
cup Olive oil

1/3 cup of a mix of Flax ,sunflower n Sesame seeds n some for sprinkling on top

1/4 cup of crumbled Walnuts n craisins and a few for the crust

1 packet dry yeas
t
(I used Fleichmann's Extra rise Active dry yeast)




Method

In a large bowl combine Lukewarm water(MW water for 17 secs) and yeast and keep it aside till it foams.Some 10 mins..

After that add the milk,honey,salt and olive oil into it and stir lightly .

Now add the wheat n oat flour,seeds n nuts n craisins, and stir until combined into a sticky mass.

Take it out and keep it on a clean work surface and knead it for 6-10 minutes to form a smooth dough.

Oil the large bowl ,put the dough inside n flip to cover all sides of the dough with oil.

Cover it with a paper towel,and keep it aside for an hour to double.In cold countries,keep it inside a slightly preheated oven or oven with the inside light on.

After an hour take the doubled dough and lightly knead n roll into a log shape.

Place it in a greased parchment paper inside the loaf pan.Keep it back inside the lit oven for an hour,until the dough raises an inch above the rim.

Sprinkle some more seeds n nuts n craisins on top.

Now preheat the oven to 350 F n bake the bread for 35-40 mins.

After 20 mins,if the crust is browning too much lightly tent it.

To check if the bread is set,knock it on the bottom side .It should sound hollow.

Take the bread outside and butter the outside crust to prevent it from going hard.

Cool it on a rack before attacking..:)


The warm bread was so enticing and we attacked it then itself.The crisp seeds n nuts n slightly sweet craisins added so much to the taste of bread..:)




Next morning,we had an awesome breakfast with the tasty home made bread..Made a Bell Pepper-tomato Bruschetta n had it with some scrambled egg n mushrooms, with scallions,Marmalade n Pomegranate juice..Will make it in another post..:)

..n this goes all the way to the Bread Mania hosted by Sindhura..

Update: In last post I had mentioned about pics getting blurred.After so many trials I got it that,when you directly upload pics from your system folder,it is visibly so much blurred that when you give the url link of Picassa or flickr.I have used picassa links now,which is an extra effort..n they are clearer that the system uploaded pics..You can try it yourself n see the difference..Bad blogger..!!

Also,last date for RFRU is nearing ..only 2 more days to go..So rush in your entrees pals..:) StumbleUpon

41 Luv'ly people shared their views..:

5 Star Foodie said...

This bread looks so delicious - I love craisins!

Sweta said...

Totally healthy cake,Varsha!!Good choice of ingredients.
Walnuts are a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids and I loved the idea of using honey instead of sugar!

Asha said...

Delicious looking bread, I baked y'day too. Crasins are great addition. You need to buy a bread knife to avoid the ripples when you slice the fresh bread . OXO has a good one, search in Amazon. Yes, cool it before you attack!! Hahaha!!

Usha said...

Very healthy and delicious looking bread, Varsha...great job :-)

Varsha Vipins said...

Thanks dearies..Asha,Thanks for that note..I'll check it out..:)

Asha said...

Varsha, I have 2 Sony Cyber shot cameras, one smaller 4.1px and other one is 8.1px. Those were taken from 8.1pxl! :)

Superchef said...

thats one helluva good looking and healthy bread!!! the spread looks absolutely delicious for breakfast!

Viki Xavier. said...

I can't believe u are baking it for the first time. Fluffy and colorful.
It looks so perfect and fresh, Hope u both had a wonderful breakfast.

Yasmeen said...

Good job! The bread looks perfect,its hard to guess this as your first bake recipe.love the choice of healthy wholesome grains and seeds.I always find it impossible to wait until the bread cools,like to dig in while still warm.
thanks for pic upload tip,I noticed it few times,will try linking thro' picasa.
good luck with all ur future bakes :)

Cham said...

Gorgeous bread and U have attempted beautifully!

Trupti said...

wow Varsha, bread looks perfect. by looking at bread it didn't look like a First attempt. great job. I also never tried baking jst started baking. bookmarked this recipe. I will try & let u know

Laavanya said...

Oh that looks great and I like how it's studded with nuts & craisins.. and what a yummy breakfast you had.

Deepa Hari said...

Break looks lovely Varsha...nice choice of ingredients and healthy too...You have done a good job.

Preety said...

hey varsha after seeing the pic of bread no one can tell that this is your first try..good job..i know once you bake your own bread you can easily tell the difference between homemade and store bought one..my husband likes baking pizza alot he tried so many recipes and still not satisfied with anything, he also likes to have air pockets in the crust..i will ask him if he has some tips for that.

Sara said...

Your bread looks perfect! I make bread all the time, it's so much better than store bought.

Nithya Praveen said...

Wow,this looks wonderful.Ur first attempt with baking and its super! Looks wonderful.Cooling it in the rack before cutting surely helps,am not great baker,jes sharing my experience with u.Looking forward to more of baking in ur blog.Go girl:)

Madhumathi said...

The bread looks awesome .The craisins and nuts on top makes the bread more b'ful.I can't believe that its your first time in baking bread.They cam out perfect ,dear.

Ann said...

Wow Varsha,so finally you made it..Your Blog looks superb now.The bread is excellent and yummy..As a beginner,you have to be proud dear...Congrats.

notyet100 said...

bread for sure looks yum,..

Priya said...

Gorgeous bread, ur first attempt seems prefect n bread turns out very beautifully...looking more bakes from u Varsha, give more attempts dear:)

Happy cook said...

Did you say you are making firs time the bread, it looks so good and yumm too. Delcious.
I too love warm bread, but i make sure they are a bit cooler before i slice them.

Smitha said...

Hello Varsha!
First time at your blog! cool place.. love the fresh home make healthy bread.

Happy cook said...

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AnuSriram said...

Freshly baked bread is always the best and that too the one made at home!... Hmmmmmm Hmmmm... Delicious!

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Swapna Pravin said...

Looks fabulous & delicious. Nice click!! just love it.

Sumathi said...

Bread Looks really perfect..

Lakshmi said...

Wow Varsha bread looks so awesome man! I cant say u did it for the first time :) It looks very good.

Vibaas said...

That looks sooo sooo good. can't believe it's your first try. Yummy da :)

Sanghi said...

Mmmm yummy bread...!! :))

Selba said...

Wow.. what a beautiful bread!

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

awesome bread.. looks too tempting that I wanna try this.. i have all the ingred. except flax seed.. is it a must? probably it makes the bread soft?

looks very good and healthy too.

Dershana said...

That's one good lukin bread, dear. Bookmarked for it's healthy ingredients!

DEESHA said...

thatz a beautiful looking bread Varsha

sangeeta said...

hey it's amazing......i wanna have a slice right now.......i have to bake one now.......can't resist.

Uj said...

Bread looks delicious.. Good to know that your first trial was a hit. I am still learning baking. Do share the tips Girl!

vidhas said...

Hi Varsha, Bread looks fluffy and awesome. Really it does not show that you are baking for the first time. Hope you had a nice breakfast.

Malar Gandhi said...

Lovely bread...very healthy. Pictures are so good, as usual.

Varsha Vipins said...

Thanks everyone..am so glad n excited seeing your replies..Thanks again..:)

Roopa said...

oooh you know what , it was just yesterday that me and hubby bought this Cranberry-Pecan Multigrain Bread from Market Basket, the freshly baked variety. It was so yummy, we finished the entire package between lunch and dinner hehe :) Loved the first pic , its hearty and delicious and nutritious !!

liza said...

Varsha Moluuuu........looks toooo yummmyy da!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ma mouth is watering!!!!!

 
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