There is nothing that smells quite so good as homemade bread baking in the oven, and nothing quite so easy as making bread with a bread machine. This whole-grain bread recipe can be made with or without a machine, although I make it almost every week using an Oster bread machine so that I have less mess. (Hint: the best machines have just a few buttons on them.) Some days, I have just bread and water to eat, and it feels like I am feasting.
This recipe avoids both white flour and sugar. It is made light by using 10-grain cereal instead of one cup of whole-wheat flour. You can substitute 5-grain or 8-grain cereal. The sweetness depends on the amount of honey added. This basic recipe handles additions of raisins, nuts, garlic, dried fruits, or herb mixtures. I sometimes run it though on the dough cycle and then shape the dough into dinner rolls, garlic bread, or bread sticks. I buy spices from the Oregon Flavor Rack and their Italian Herb Blend is my favorite addition, especially when making rolls. The Brewers Yeast flakes give the finished loaf a nutritional boost.
Time-saving tip: I keep the dry ingredients together—except the flour—in a refrigerator box so that I can just pull out the box, make the bread, then return the box to the refrigerator. This keeps me from having to spend time searching in my cupboard.
Pop’s Whole Grain Bread
My Pop claimed this was better than cake.
- 1 1/4 cup water, room temperature (just not hot)
- 1/2 cup oil
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey (use sweeter for rolls)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup 10-grain cereal (Bob’s Red Mill)
- 1 tablespoon whey or buttermilk powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon Gluten flour
- 1/8 teaspoon regular ground ginger
- 1/3 cup Polenta/ or course corn meal
- 2 tablespoons Quinoa
- 1 large tablespoon Lewis Labs Brewer’s yeast (for added nutrition)
- 3 cups whole wheat flour. (If bread machine spins the dough, add a few spoonfuls of flour, if it makes a clunking sound, add a few teaspoons of water.)
- Add last: 2 teaspoons Baker’s active dry yeast
Add one or two of the following; too much will cause bread to not rise well so keep amounts small:
- 1 tablespoon herb such as dill weed
- Dried or fresh apple chips
- Poppy seeds
- Walnuts, pecans, or black walnuts
- Sunflower seeds
- Garlic or dill
- (Don’t add pine nuts as they are too moist)
For bread maker, put ingredients into the bread maker in order listed. Cook on whole wheat setting.
For hand mixing, dissolve yeast in lukewarm water during first step.
Makes one large loaf.
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A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse’s nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said “Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes.” It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.