For a weeknight loaf, mix up the flour and yeast in step 1 at night; make the dough the next morning, and proof it in the refrigerator all day. After work, shape and bake the bread as directed in steps 4 through 6.
6 ounces white whole-wheat flour (about 1 1/4 cups), divided
1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast, divided
1 1/4 cups warm filtered water (100° to 110°), divided
Dash of sugar
10.75 ounces bread flour (about 2 1/4 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
1 egg white, lightly beaten
1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2 tablespoons flaxseed
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1 cup water
How to Make It
Weigh or lightly spoon 875 ounces (1 cup) white whole-wheat flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine 875 ounces flour and 1/4 teaspoon yeast in a medium bowl. Add 3/4 cup water, stirring with a whisk. Cover loosely; let stand at room temperature 8 to 24 hours.
Combine remaining 1 1/4 teaspoons yeast, remaining 1/2 cup water, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk. Let stand 5 minutes. Add yeast mixture to reserved flour mixture, stirring to combine.
Weigh or lightly spoon remaining 125 ounces white whole-wheat flour and bread flour into dry measuring cups. Place in a food processor. Add salt; pulse to combine. With processor on, slowly add yeast mixture; process about 45 seconds or until dough forms a ball. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 30 seconds, and shape into a tight ball. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 1/2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.
Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; pat dough into an 8-inch square. Working with 1 corner at a time, stretch each corner to the dough center to form a loose ball. Pat dough again into an 8-inch square. Repeat procedure with corners to form a loose ball; gently roll dough to form a tight ball. Return dough, seam side up, to medium bowl coated with cooking spray; cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size.
Place a pizza stone or heavy baking sheet on middle rack in oven. Place jelly-roll pan in bottom of oven. Preheat oven to 450° (keep pans in the oven as it preheats).
Gently invert dough onto a baking sheet liberally sprinkled with flour. Gently brush dough with egg white; sprinkle with oats and seeds. Gently slide dough onto preheated pizza stone. Pour 1 cup water into jelly-roll pan; bake 30 minutes or until loaf is golden brown and a thermometer inserted into center registers 205°. Cool on a rack for 1 hour before slicing the bread.
I made this bread exactly as specified in the magazine and it came out beautifully. The inside was light and tender and the outside had a perfect crust. One thing about an earlier comment; do NOT knead the bread for 8-10 minutes if you don't have a food processor. The food processor mixes the ingredients into a dough; it does not knead it.
You can my full review, as well as a photo of my finished bread, at Taking On Magazines: http://www.takingonmagazines.com/seeded-multigrain-bread/
This is a good recipe that is not well written. If you don't bake bread regularly you'd probably have a hard time with this recipe. It should be noted that if you do not have a food processor, kneading for about 8 -10 minutes will be required.
A. What is "white whole wheat flour"? Don't know. I just used all bread flour.
B. The amounts don't add up. It would be much clearer if volume (cups) were used. I do weigh ingredients when baking, but my scale does not go to .000 of an ounce. I hate to have to get out a calculator to cook, but I did to figure out how much remaining flour to use for the dough.
C. The pizza stone is not required. Just put the bread on a silicone mat or baking sheet dusted with cornmeal. The pan of water is necessary for the crust.
D. Most importantly - seeds burn at 450 degrees. Skip them.
After I scraped off the burnt seeds, this was a delicious, yeasty, loaf of bread. I will make it again, no seeds.
This recipe makes absolutely no sense. 30 seconds of kneading? Just dumping the bread from an oiled bowl onto a cooking sheet for baking? No shaping at all? I just wish I would have read through the entire recipe before starting this mess. My dough is sitting in a bread pan now, and I'm hoping to salvage it, but this recipe is a complete waste of time. Save yourself the hassle and find a recipe from someone who actually knows how to make bread.
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