Who Needs FiberOne Bars?

There are times when a girl gets a hankering for a moist, dense whole wheat bread to roll around in her mouth and invite into her lonely intestines. I’ve been having one of those weeks, and by golly. Rejoice. My cravings led to the creation of this marvelous gem of a loaf which combines the finest whole-grain flours and other seasonal delights and joins them together in song. La La La-aaa! Fire up your ovens and join in the chorus. It’s worth the kneading, and rising, and waiting to get your tastebuds to sing.
Do Re Mi Fa Sooooo Yummmmmy!
Hearty Whole Grain Bread
with Sour Cherries and Chopped Pecans
5 c. Very Warm Water
1/4 c. yeast
Combine in a bowl.
Watch for foamy bubbles
to rise to the surface to make sure
yeast is activated.
Then add:
3/4 c. honey
1 cup rye flour
1 1/2 c. wheat bran
2 c. whole wheat pastry flour
2 c. whole wheat flour
1/4 c. cracked wheat
1 1/2 T. salt
1/4 c. + 1/8 c. gluten
Stir all ingredients together
to create a sticky dough.
Add the following:
3/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. dried sour cherries, chopped
1/2 c. pecans, finely chopped
Knead into bread dough,
adding 1/2 c. to 1 cup of whole wheat flour, as needed.
Knead until dough becomes elastic.
Cover and rise 40 minutes.
Shape into 3 loafs and place into well-greased loaf pans.
Cover and rise an additional 40 minutes.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-55 minutes.
Take Note:
Most of the ingredients needed for the bread can be found in the bulk “scoop” aisle of Whole Foods or Wild Oats. Your average supermarket should carry the gluten flour in the baking aisle.
You haven’t arrived until you’ve had a sandwich stacked with smoked turkey or ham on this bread. Combine the smoky flavors of the meat with the sweetness of sour cherries and you’ll never be tempted by leftover halloween candy, again.
Indulge. Ingest. Injoy!
Stay tuned for a week of
baked goodies
that will bring you to your knees.