Thursday, February 7, 2013

Seeded Whole Wheat Bread

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I have a cautionary tale to share with you tonight. That it is being told at all is a measure of my trust in you, and I'm secure in the knowledge that what follows is, and shall remain, our little secret. Now, I know the bread in tonight's photo doesn't look too terrible, but, truth be told, it is inedible. I've made this bread, which is a family favorite, for decades now and never had a problem with it, so, I have to conclude that the problem lies with me rather than with the stellar, if old fashioned, recipe that I use to make it. Now, I should have known there was a problem when the dough failed to reach the very pregnant height I like my loaves to have. Ever the optimist, I brushed my concern aside and concluded that the kitchen must be cooler than usual and proceeded to bake off the loaves as I usually do. While I hate to wait for bread to cool, I practiced restraint and didn't touch the loaves until they were at room temperature. I had soft Irish butter waiting to slather on the crusty first slice which traditionally belongs to me. I finally took a bite, but it did not remain in my mouth for any length of time. The flour I used to make the bread was rancid. Last weekend, I grabbed 5 pounds of flour from a store shelf, but did not check the sell-by date. As it turned out, it was better than a year past its prime and I did not catch the rancid odor, because the infection I've been fighting has temporarily knocked out my sense of smell. Backtracking through the bread's assembly, I picked up on some other problems as well. I realized that I'd measured the yeast in teaspoons rather than tablespoons, and had completely forgotten to add much needed salt to the bread dough. I hope its true that bad luck comes in threes. Anything that could go wrong with this lovely bread did and by my count there were three problems. That means I home free, for a while at least. I suspect I'll be checking sell-by dates from this point forward and I think I'll be a bit more thorough with my mise en place. This really is a lovely bread and I hope you'll give this recipe a try. Here is how the bread is made.

Seeded Whole Wheat Bread...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite inspired by Yvonne Tarr Young

2-1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
3/4 cup honey
3 cups warm water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
6 to 7-1/2 cups whole wheat flour + flour for kneading
1/3 cup sunflower seed kernels
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

1) Combine yeast, sugar and water in a very large bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes. Add oil, salt, 1/2 the flour, sunflower seeds and coconut flakes; beat with a wooden spoon for 100 strokes. Add remaining flour, and, working with hands, mix to form a very stiff dough. Turn onto a floured surface and knead for 10 minutes, using more flour as necessary to keep dough from sticking to work surface. Place dough, smooth-side down in a large bowl that has been coated with oil. Cover, place in a warm place and let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled. Punch down to original size and let rise again until double in bulk. Turn onto work surface and punch down. Divide dough into three equal pieces. Form into loaves and place in generously oiled bread pans. Cover, and let rise again until dough reaches top of pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. during final rise.
2) Bake in the center of oven for 50 to 60 minutes, rotating loaves from front to back at the half-hour mark. Brush tops lightly with butter; remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Yield: 3 loaves.

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Jeannie Tay said...

What a pity it's inedible, looks very tempting from the sure you will have better bakes from now on:D

Ginny said...

The first bread I ever learned to make was Braue's Whole Wheat rolls. I want to hear more about the Irish butter!!

Foodycat said...

Oh no! I can't believe the store was selling flour so old! I hope you made a serious complaint.

Jenn said...

Oh Mary, I'm sorry to hear it had so many problems with the bread. And rancid flour..?? who would have thought it would be a year past it's prime!! YIKES!
And I'm with Ginny... Irish butter?? Tell me more!!

Susan said...

Mary, tough day! I understand. I also am glad you mentioned the dating on products. I, too, have found that grocers no longer check and toss past due dates. I have been bringing home products that also need to be tossed because of they are too old. Just one more job to slow down shopping. Easy to check milk, dairy products, but flour...who would have thought it would be that old. Hang on.

Top Cuisine avec Lavi said...

This bread looks delicious! Great recipe!

Lois said...

I've been baking for decades and didn't know flour could go rancid!! I keep mine in the freezer, even my white flour, ever since I had weevels once. All the grains are in the freezer now. I have so little luck with baking bread, because I am terrible at kneading for longer than 3 minutes! I do a good pizza dough, though. Is it white flour too that can go rancid, or only 'whole' flours? I mostly bake with unbleached white & spelt...

Kim G. said...

It happens to anyone... I too happen to failed with recipes that I can, usually, rely on... This looks like a great whole weat bread recipe:)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Oh, Mary, while I am so sorry for that bad bite, I am relieved to hear that my most admired kitchen leader has moments like the rest of us. ;)
The recipe sounds so hearty and soul-filling! blessings ~ tanna
ps I may need to do a scan of dates myself. ;)

Subhie Arun said...

wow ..that was v inviting n super tempting click!!...frst time here ..hapi to follow u.

Joanne said...

What a comedy of errors! But the loaf still looks so beautiful!

From the Kitchen said...

I am a date checker! I've never checked the date of flour. I just assume that it jumps off the grocer's shelf in good time. Now I will start checking. Oh what a waste of a lovely Irish butter!!

Do hope you are well on the road to "sniffing" recovery.


Melynda and Terry, we are the Browns! said...

Yikes! Sorry for your troubles, but I can't wait to make this one. We now grind our own spelt berries into wonderful whole wheat flour. A new kitchen toy getting use regularily!

teresa said...

oh no! you'd never know it to look at the picture. it sure looks delicious, and the recipe looks great!

Joy Bee said...

That is horrible, I've never come across rancid flour before. I have made a few loves where I forget the salt though, it is always a disappointment. Better luck next time, the recipe sounds great.

France@beyondthepeel said...

I love that there's coconut in this bread. That was such a delightful surprise. I look forward to trying it out.

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