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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Healthy Grain Bread





2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon white sugar
1/2 cup warm water
3 1/2 cups warm water
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs
2 tablespoons lemon juice
7 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup flax seed
1/4 cup cracked wheat
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
4 teaspoons salt
4 cups bread flour
In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water. In a large bowl, mix remaining 3 1/2 cups warm water, honey, molasses, oil, eggs and lemon juice. Mix well. Add yeast mixture and stir.
Gradually add 5 cups whole wheat flour beating well after each addition. Add the flax, cracked wheat and sunflower seeds, stir well.
Let sit for 20 minutes, until mixture is very light. Stir in salt and the rest of the flours until dough comes away from the sides of the bowl.
Knead  15 minutes until dough is smooth and easy to handle. Put into lightly oil sprayed bowl  and cover, let rise in the oven with light on until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
Punch down and shape into 6 round shaped or oval shapes.  Cover and let rest for 20 minutes.
Form into loaves and let rise covered in oven until doubled. Bake at 375 degrees 40 minutes or until browned.