Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Delicious 14 Grain Bread Recipe

I am in love with baking our own bread. I still occasionally pick up a loaf or two from the store but have you seen the prices on bread lately?! If you want good quality whole grain bread you are paying at least $2.50 a loaf at my grocery store - and even more for fancy yummy breads like the recipe I have for you today.

This recipe is super easy with a large stand mixer (like the KitchenAid 6 quart Pro) or a Bosch plus it makes 5 loaves! Don't need five loaves? It freezes great too! But I will warn you... it's a big favorite at our house and my kids love it... they may not make it to the freezer... or that friend you had planned to share a loaf with!

The ingredient list maybe have you saying - but wait, what's that?! This has a huge variety of grains and is super nutritious. Wheat, Amaranth, Millet, Quinoa... and more! It is an excellent way to rotate and use your food storage. Remember - you don't only want to have wheat and rice stored away for food storage. Our bodies need variety!

Are you ready to make your own?

Okay, first things first gather up all your ingredients and set them on your counter. Then heat up your 6 cups of water {you can use really warm tap water or I pop mine into the microwave in a glass liquid measuring cup for a minute or so}.

Add the first 7 ingredients and water into the mixer all at once. Let this sit. It will help soften up the grains.

Next if you are grinding your own wheat do this now. I love my Wondermill electric grain mill. It is fast and super easy. I have found that I usually get 2 cups of flour for every 1 cup of wheat berries I put into my machine. So for 10-12 cups whole wheat flour grind 5-6 cups of wheat berries. Use more if necessary.

See - flour! And I will say, I do feel like there is a difference in freshly ground wheat flour and store bought. Once the whole grain is milled it stats to lose nutrients so this is the best way to do it. If you don't have a grain mill and buy your whole wheat flour already ground from the grocery store or Thrive - no problem - just be sure to rotate through it often.

Now before you add your flour to your grain mixture add in the rest of the ingredients on your recipe: salt, oil (I use extra virgin olive oil), honey, dough enhancer, gluten flour (I used vital wheat gluten), and yeast. I mix it up and then let it sit for a few minutes to give the yeast a chance to get going.

Now you are going to add your flour. I add 5 cups all at once and then turn on my mixer to low with the dough hook attachment. After that is mixed in I'll add one cup at a time. I usually use all 12 cups flour, however, just watch your mixer for the dough to start to pull away from the sides.

This is a super sticky dough. Not at all like the white roll recipe that I've shared before.

Once it is all mixed in turn your mixer up to medium speed and mix for 8-10 minutes.

Once that's done divide out the dough into your five greased bread pans. This is a messy job! I just stick my hands in and grab out a big hunk of the dough and put it into my bread pans. I know... super special baking skills going on in my kitchen! I'm okay with them not all being even.

Then let them rise on your counter until double about 45 mins to an hour. Be sure to preheat your oven to 350.

Once your loaves are doubled pop them in your oven. Here is how I fit all five loaves into my oven.

Bake for 30-35 mins and remove from oven. Let sit for a few minutes and then transfer out of bread pans to cooling rack.

Aren't they beautiful? Now, you can totally slice into and eat this NOW. Cause really... you won't be able to stop yourself. Especially if you get out the butter. :)

But they slice much better once they're completely cooled. YUM!

This recipe was generously shared by another Thrive consultant friend, Amber Spackman, feel free to check out her site here.

Delicious 14 Grain Bread Recipe

by Amber Spackman

6 C. Hot water
2 C. THRIVE 9 Grain Cereal 
1 C. Sunflower Seeds
1/3 C. THRIVE Millet
1/3 C. THRIVE Amaranth
1/3 C. THRIVE Quinoa
1/3 C. Sesame seeds
1/3 C. Flax

2 TBPS. Salt
2/3 C. Oil
2/3 C. Honey
3 TBSP. Dough enhancer
3 TBPS. Gluten flour
3 TBSP. Yeast

Add the first 7 grain ingredients with the hot water in your 6 quart stand mixer or a Bosch mixer. Let sit while you grind your Whole wheat flour or gather the rest of your ingredients. This will soften the grains a little. Then add the rest of the ingredients to your Bosch mixer. Gradually add about 10-12 cups of Whole wheat flour to your mixer as it mixesand starts to pull away from the sides of your mixer. Mix for 8-10 mins. Divide dough into five parts and put into greased loaf pans. Let rise until double. 45 mins to 1 hour. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 mins.

NOTE: All the Thrive ingredients in this recipe are on a *huge* sale right now! It ends tonight at 11:59 pm MST. To see everything that is on sale SHOP HERE.

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