Pumpkin Loaf

Pumpkin Beer Bread

Pumpkin Beer Bread

Everywhere I look, it’s Pumpkins, Pumpkins, Pumpkins… and I’m loving it.
I can’t get enough of Pumpkins, I eat them all year round (thanks you frozen pumpkin).
But since I’ve been thinking a lot about Pumpkins lately (no surprise there), I wanted to find more ways to use them. And today I am sharing with you my Pumpkin Beer Bread Loaf. Just like a normal whole grain loaf but with Pumpkin in it, and a little something extra… beer!
The result is a soft textured loaf, hearty with a hint of sweetness and a nice crispy crust.
I’ve kept it plain and simple so you can eat it with anything from cheese to Nutella. Don’t worry you can’t actually taste the beer.
The color of the bread needless to say, is beautiful.
So those of you who are still looking for a new Pumpkin adventure, make this Pumpkin Beer Bread,  you’ll love it 🙂

⏰ Prep time: 15 minutes
🎃 Cooking time: ca 30 minutes
🍴 Makes: 2 Loafs

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 – 4 ½ cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 package instant dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup luke warm water
  • 1/2 cup light beer,
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree, freshly made or canned
  • a small handful of Pumpkin seeds
  • more flour for rolling out dough

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INSTRUCTIONS

1. In a bowl mix the two flours with the salt.
2. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the beer, the sugar, oil and 3 cups flour. Add the pumpkin puree. Beat until smooth.
3. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
4. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
5. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in two greased 9×5-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes. Brush with a little milk and sprinkle with the Pumpkin seeds.
6. Bake at 375 F for 30 – 35 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
7. Remove from oven and place on wire racks to cool.

Enjoy !

Myra XO

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Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

everyday spelt bread

Everyday Spelt Bread

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This is the easiest bread recipe I have in my repertoire, I make it all the time. Mostly because it is a no-brainer recipe and some times because it’s even quicker than going to the store to buy a loaf, or because it’s raining and I don’t want to leave the house. Whatever the reason may be, this fool proof recipe is one I use time and time again .

Pro’s :

  1. delicious
  2. Soft
  3. Warm
  4. Healthier
  5. No additives
  6. Cheap
  7. Home made

Con’s:

  1. Nope…can’t think of any.

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Prep time : 10 minutes

Cooking time : 45 minutes

oven temp : 200 C / 400 F


Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup milk at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 1/2- 4 cups whole grain spelt flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra-light olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • extra olive oil or melted butter for brushing loaf

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Instructions:

Combine the warm water, yeast and honey in a large jug, and let it sit and “proof” for 10 minutes. Add the milk and stir.

Place the flour in the bowl of your mixer, fitted with the kneading hook, pour the water yeast mixture into the bowl of flour with the motor running on the lowest setting. Add the salt and olive oil. Once incorporated you can turn the mixer setting on higher. Knead for about 7 minutes.

Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rise for 45-60 minutes in a warm place. It should double in size.

Grease a loaf tin with melted butter.

Turn the dough out on a floured surface and knead a few minutes. Shape into a loaf and place in loaf tin.

Let rise again for 30 minutes covered with an oiled piece of plastic wrap.

Preheat your oven to 200 C/400 F , remove plastic wrap and place loaf on a rack in the middle of the oven. Bake the loaf for about 45 minutes turning half way, tap the loaf to see if it’s fully baked, it should sound hollow. Once baked , brush the crust with some butter. This is an optional step but I love the way the crust gets a bit softer and glossier. Let it cool in the pan for a few minutes before removing it to cool completely on a wire rack.

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wonder bread

Norwegian Health Bread

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This amazing bread was originally invented by a Norwegian Pastor named Marksett, and is nothing short of a miracle. Jam packed with nutrients and no flour, no yeast and no leavening whatsoever. Pure natural ingredients for a real bread.
Oats, seeds, olive oil, salt and water, that’s it. The Chia seeds and Psyllium act as binding agents.
A nutrition BOM, so to speak. Full of fibre and healthy fats. I eat two slices a day and I can assure you, it’s plenty and very delicious. Toasted it’s pure heaven.
The beauty of this loaf is that it has to be made with lots of love, almost like therapy. You need to mix the ingredients and leave it overnight in the fridge so that all the seeds and fibre can do their “thing” and expand. Bake the next day. A slow bread if you will, worth every bit of effort.

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Freezes well too!


Prep time: 15 minutes
Waiting time: overnight
Cooking time : 70 minutes
Makes 1 loaf


Ingredients:

• 1 ½ cups rolled oats (if making gluten-free, make sure to get certified gluten-free oats)
• ½ cup Pumpkin seeds
• ½ cup Sunflower seeds
• ½ cup flax seeds whole
• 3 tbsp. flax seeds cracked or roughly ground
• 2 tbsp. Chia seeds
• 2 tbsp. Psyllium seed husks
• 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
• 1 tsp fine grain sea salt
• 1 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 3/4 – 2 cups water

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Directions:

1. In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk oil and water together in a measuring jug. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix very well until everything is completely soaked and dough becomes very thick , first add the 1 ¾ water and then the remaining ¼ up if necessary. See how it goes. It will however become a big ball. See picture.
2. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge overnight.
3. The next morning, remove the bowl from the fridge and let sit at room temperature for about an hour before baking.
4. Grease a loaf tin, ( 8”/ 20 cm.)
5. Do not preheat oven.
6. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake at 350° F / 175° C for 70-75 minutes.
7. If the loaf gets to dark, make a tent cover of aluminum foil and cover loosely. Test with a wooden skewer to see if the bread is done. The wooden skewer may be moist but not sticky.
8. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. It should also have shrunk away from the edges of the tin. Let cool about twenty minutes and remove from tin. Then cool completely before slicing.
9. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to four days, or freeze.

Enjoy!

Myra Xo

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pesto bread knots

Pesto Knots with Garlic Butter

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This has to be the best dinner roll of all times. Soft dough filled with pesto and tied in a cute little knot.

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INGREDIENTS:
• 200 ml / 1 cup minus 2 tbsp. hand warm milk (you can use unsweetened soy)
• 42 gr. / 1.5 oz. fresh yeast
• 2 tbsp. honey
• 500 gr. / 1 3/4 cup Spelt flour (type 630) or all purpose flour
• 1 tsp salt
• 2 medium eggs at room temperature
• 100 gr. butter at room temperature
• 2 tbsp. Pesto
• 1/4 cup butter
• 1 tbsp. chopped parsley
• 2 garlic cloves, peeled and grated

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INSTRUCTIONS:
Bring the milk to hand warm temperature, either in the microwave or on top of the stove. Make sure it’s not to warm or you will kill the yeast.
Crumble in the yeast and the honey. Give it a stir and set aside. It will start to bubble up.
In the bowl of your stand mixer add the flour and salt and stir to combine. Make a well in the middle and add the butter, the two eggs and the milk mixture. Knead on medium for about 6 minutes. Add a little more flour if it seems too wet. It will be a sticky dough however.
Cover with cling film and leave to rise for thirty minutes.
Roll out the dough into a rectangle of about 35 x 45 cm / 14 x 16 ” , cut in half lengthwise and spread one tablespoon of pesto down the middle.
Roll each half into a long rope and cut each roll into 6 equal parts.
Shape into knots tucking the ends under, free style it because you can’t go wrong here
Leave the knots to rise for 10 minutes while the oven is heating up at 400 F / 200 C.
Heat the butter with the garlic in a small pan until melted. Add the parsley. Brush knots lightly with butter, avoid the parsley as best you can at this point because it might burn.
Bake for about 13 – 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with more garlic butter.

Serve and enjoy.
Myra XO

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Mexican Pulled Beef with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Bread

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I feel like putting on a big sweater and pulling the sleeves over my hands while I eat a bowl of Chili…..

I had been walking around with this image in my head for a while and since the temperatures are dropping here in NL, I’ve made that vision finally come true. I wanted something different from the classic “chili con carne”, so I made pulled beef instead, with a mexican twist.

And since “twist” is my middle name, I’ve made a different kind of Cornbread to go with it. One with softness and texture at the same time, some cheese for extra flavour and a tiny Jalapeño kick, and I say tiny because I have only used half a Jalapeño. I still wanted to be able to eat the chili at a reasonable speed.

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Ingredients Chili;

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

2.5 lbs. boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 2 thick slices

1 tsp. Himalayan salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp. All Purpose Unbleached Flour

2 medium onions, peeled and chopped fine

3  garlic cloves, peeled and grated

2 tbsp. Unsweetened Cocoa (this is a must)

2 tbsp. ground Cumin

2 tbsp. sweet smoked paprika

¼ cup tomato paste

2 Tablespoon fresh oregano leafs or 2 teaspoon dried

1/2 tsp. dried Thyme

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper, or to taste

1/4 C. Chopped Coriander

1 (15-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

2 C. beef stock

1-2 tbsp. Liquid Smoke

1 – 2 tsp. chopped chipotle (depending on how hot you like it)

1 tbsp. coconut sugar or sweetener of choice

1/2 cinnamon stick

2 bay leaves

2 tbsp. fresh Coriander leafs

Toppings; scallions, avocado chunks, sour cream, cheddar cheese, fried onion rings

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Method;

Turn on your slow cooker, set to high.

Meanwhile heat a large frying pan and add 3 tbsp. of oil. Season the beef with the salt and pepper and toss with the flour. Sear the beef on both sides and brown until quite dark. Transfer to the slow cooker

Next fry the onions in the pan with the remaining oil until golden add the garlic and cook for an other minute. Transfer to the slow cooker.

Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, except the beans and Coriander leafs

Cook on high for 4 hours. After three hours add the beans. The cooking time depends on your slow cooker and the quality of the beef. So just check by pulling away a piece of beef with a fork. If it loosens easily transfer the beef to a cutting board or large platter. Leaving the beans in the pot. Pull the beef apart into chunky bits and shreds with two forks. Return to slow cooker. Heat thoroughly again for about half an hour  until ready to serve. Sprinkle generously with fresh Coriander leafs. Serve with Pumpkin Corn Bread and lots of toppings.

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Ingredients Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Bread;

1 C. corn meal

1 C. Spelt Flour

2 tsp. Baking Powder

1 tsp. dried Onion Powder

1/2 tsp.

1/2 tsp Baking Soda

1 tbsp. honey

1/2 C. corn kernels form a can, drained

1/2 C. Cheddar cheese, grated

3/4 C. unsweetened plain yoghurt (or soy)

1/2 C of milk (or unsweetened soy) + 1 tbsp.

2 large eggs at room temperature

1/2 Jalapeño, sliced and deseeded

3 tbsp. olive oil

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Method;

Pre heat the oven to 425° F / 220° C

Put an 8″ cast iron skillet in the oven too to pre heat

In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients and stir to mix. Add the wet ingredients and stir to combine.

Remove the cast iron skillet from the oven with an oven mitt! Oil spray generously and pour the cornbread batter in the skillet.

Place on a rack in the middle of the oven and bake from 20-25 min.

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Maybe get some Mexican beer to go with it!

Not quite what you’re looking for? How about Cajun Jumbo Shrimp Tacos with Corn, a Peach & Koriander Salsa and Roasted Pepper Aïoli

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High Fibre Health Bread

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Here is my go to bread, for daily use. Very high in fibre and super healthy. It’s a small compact loaf,  but one slice is an equivalent to a normal sized slice of bread, only ten times healthier. Pure grains and goodness and very filling.

Makes 1 small loaf

Needed : 8 Inch x 4 Inch Loaf Pan

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 C. + 2 tbsp.  milk of choice, warm about at 100 ° F
  • 2 tsp. Yeast
  • 1 tbsp. Organic Coconut Sugar
  • 2 C. Dark Rye Flour
  • 1 C. Plain Spelt Flour
  • 1/4 C. Oat Fiber
  • 1/4 C. Ground Flaxseed
  • 1 tsp. Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 C. Cooked Rye or Organic Spelt Berries

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INSTRUCTIONS:

In a bowl, mix the warm milk with the sugar, add the yeast and stir to dissolve. Let sit for 5 to 10 minutes until frothy. Add the olive oil.

In the bowl of your mixer fitted with the hook attachment, place the flours, the fibre and flax. Stir to mix a little.

When the yeast mixture is ready pour is slowly into the bowl with the flour. With the machine running on low. Once the yeast liquid is mixed in add the salt.

Knead for ten minutes on medium. The last minute add the whole cooked grains and mix in gently with the machine on low.

Turn out the dough, Knead a little and form in to a ball. Place in an oiled bowl and cover with oiled cling film. Let rise for at least two hours. Although is doesn’t rise much leave for this amount of time.

After this time, place the dough into the oiled baking tin, sprinkle over some oat fibre if you like. Cover loosely with oiled cling film and leave to rise again for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile pre heat the oven to 375 ° F / 190 C

Place the tin in the middle of the oven on  a rack, bake for about 40 minutes. Tap to see if it sounds hollow after this time. Remove from oven and leave to cool completely before slicing.

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Fig and Walnut Whole grain Spelt Braid

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I had been walking around with this recipe in my head for a few months now, but with the temperatures we’ve had this summer there was no way I was turning on the oven.

So, finally the weather has become more apt for baking and to be honest I have really missed baking.

This bread is great for accompanying cheeses like blue cheese or goat cheese because  of the slight sweetness of the figs. It also goes very well with Pate or Serrano ham.

Toasted the next day is delicious too…and it freezes well.

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Makes 1 small loaf

Ingredients:

1 C. warm milk regular or unsweetened soy , about 100° F

2 tsp. yeast

2 tbsp. honey

2 tbsp. melted butter

1 1/2  C. whole grain spelt flour

1 1/2 C. plain spelt flour

1 tbsp. cocoa

1 1/2 tsp.salt

1/2 C. walnuts, chopped

2 1/2 oz. dried figs, chopped roughly

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Method:

Soak the figs in warm water for about 30 minutes.

Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk together with the honey. Let the yeast sit for 5-10 minutes or until frothy. Add the melted butter.

Put the flours with the cocoa in your mixing bowl, turn on the mixer fitted with the hook attachment and slowly add the milk/yeast/butter mixture. Mix it in and now add the salt.

Knead for 10 minutes, add the nuts and figs at the last minute, just enough to mix them in.

Turn out the dough to a floured surface and knead a few times, pushing the dough away from you with the palms of your hands and pulling it back with your fingers.

Shape into a ball and place in an oil sprayed bowl. Cover with cling film and let rise until double in bulk, about two hours.

Take the dough out of the bowl and place back on your floured work surface, give it just a little knead and shape into three sausages. Form a braid.  Place into a greased loaf pan. Cover again with cling film (which has been sprayed with oil) and cover loosely. Let rise again for 30 minutes.

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Pre heat the oven to 190 C / 375° F

Remove the cling film and place on a rack in the middle of the oven. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes. Check by tapping on the bread, if it sounds hollow it’s done.

Every oven is different so you really need to check the bread at around 30 minutes to see how it is going.

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Oat Bread

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VeganVegetarian Dairy Free Egg Free Cane Sugar Free

Since I try to eat as little bread as possible, which for me is quite a challenge since it is probably my favorite food. I figure, if I make bread that is basically baked oatmeal, it can’t be that fattening, right?

It actually doesn’t make me bloat up like regular bread by any means and it is really filling.

The bread doesn’t rise as much since there is less gluten. Gluten causes bread to rise because it traps the yeast bubbles and allows them to grow. Spelt does have gluten, but much less than wheat.

With two slices of this bread and I am more than satisfied. The oats give the bread a really crispy crust, just yummy. When this bread gets a little stale after a few days, it makes really great toast too.

Ingredients:

1/2 C. warm milk, 100° F, *(Vegans substitute for water )

1/2 C. warm water,  100° F

2 1/2 tsp. yeast

2 tbsp. coconut sugar

3 tbsp. coconut oil, melted

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1 1/4 C. plain Spelt flour

1 C. whole grain Spelt flour

1 1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

Topping:

1 egg beaten (*omit for Vegans)

1/4 C. oat flakes for decorating

 

Method:

In the bowl of your kitchen aid equipped with the hook attachment,  dissolve the yeast in a 1/4 cup of the warm water together with one tablespoon of the sugar. Let the yeast sit for 5 minutes to get it activated.

Once the yeast is nice and frothy add the remaining liquids, and the sugar and oil. Stir just one round. Add the flours, one cup at a time. Now you can add the salt. Salt kills the yeast so I always put it in after the flour.

Mix for 10 minutes.

Turn out the dough to a floured surface and knead a few times, pushing the dough away from you with the palms of your hands and pulling it back with your fingers.

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Shape into a ball and place in an oil sprayed bowl. Cover with cling film and let rise until double in bulk, about two hours.

Pre-heat the oven to 400° F

Take the dough out of the bowl and place back on your floured work surface, give it just a little knead and shape into a loaf. Place into a greased loaf pan with the seam down. Brush with the egg and sprinkle over the oats.  Cover again with cling film (which has been sprayed with oil) and cover loosely. Let rise again for 30 minutes.

 

Remove the cling film and place in the oven on a rack in the middle of the oven.

Bake for about 40 minutes. Tap the bread when it’s done, it should sound hollow. I always knock on it with my index finger, as if I were knocking on a door, gently of course.

NOTE:

Put a little bowl or container with about 1 cup of water in the bottom of the oven. This will give a nice moist loaf.

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Hamburger Buns

 

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Vegetarian  Cane Sugar Free

Makes 8 large buns.

Having worked as a cook and being a  recipe developer and food obsessed in general people often ask me, “What’s your favourite food”? They expect some fancy answer like Canard a l’Orange or Boeuf Bourguignon. I can actually see their facial expressions go from inquisitive to complete disappointment when I tell them that it is just Hamburgers. I love them.

Not just any ol’ hamburger. But my own, with home-made hamburger buns, home made sauce, home made pickles, the whole shebang. I would never, ever buy pre-shaped hamburger patties, because I just don’t trust the seasoning, most of the time they have unhealthy ingredients and they’re so much fun to make at home. And you have the freedom to do whatever you want. Also pre shaped burgers tend to be too compact for my liking, and end up being rubbery, Yuck. But it all begins with a good bun so here we go.

Of course you can eat the buns with something else, for breakfast with egg and bacon, or for lunch with a tuna salad for example. They freeze very well.

Ingredients:

1 C. luke warm water about ° F

1/4 C.luke warm milk, soy or regular. (I use Soy)

1 tbsp. instant yeast

2 tbsp Honey

1 egg, at room temperature

2 1/2 tbsp. butter

3 C. Spelt flour

1 1/2 C. Whole grain Spelt flour

1 1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt

1 egg beaten for glaze

1 or 2 tbsp. sesame seeds for sprinkling on top

 

Method:

Mix the first 4 ingredients in the bowl of your food processor, set with the hook attachment. Let the yeast proof for 5 minutes until frothy.

 

Add the egg and butter, and mix a few turns. Set the processor on low and slowly add the flours and the salt. Knead for 10 minutes.

Turn out the dough on a floured surface, and give it a few turns and shape into a ball.

Put into a bowl sprayed with oil and cover with oil sprayed cling film. Let rise in a warm place for 2 hours. Until double in size.

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Take the dough out of the bowl and put it back on your work surface sprinkled with a little flour. Knead a few times and shape into 8 buns. Put them on a baking tray covered with baking paper. Brush the buns with the beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cover the buns with cling film that has been sprayed with oil. Let rise for 30 min. No longer because they will keep on rising.

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Preheat the oven to 400 °F.

Bake the buns  for 15 minutes, turning them once half way. Let cool on a rack.

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Rye-Spelt bread

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Being a bread lover, I’m always looking for new ways with bread that don’t include wheat.  Not that I am gluten intolerant but I know that the wheat we consume today is a far cry from the original grain from 50 years ago. It has been terribly manipulated and now we are stuck with a grain that does more harm than good. It inflames our bodies, causes our guts to leak, and it triggers autoimmune diseases just to mention a few.

Nothing beats a home made bread and this way I know exactly what ingredients are used.  It takes fairly little time once you get the hang of it, and I don’t add as much salt. If you do like the salty flavour you could add some nutritional yeast to the recipe together with the salt I use, which is usually half the amount you are used to. Do give it a try, it is so much healthier than store-bought bread.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2  C. Whole grain Rye flour
  • 2 1/2  C.  plain Spelt flour
  • 2 tsp. instant yeast
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/4 C. luke warm water
  • 1/2 C. leftover black coffee, at room temperature. Either regular or decaf.*
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa powder*
  • 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 1 egg beaten for glazing (omit for vegans)
  • 1 tbsp. oat flakes for decorating
  • optional: 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast, add with flour.
  • Add ins: 1 tbsp. whole flax seed, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds

INSTRUCTIONS:

In a mixer fitted with the hook attachment, mix the two flours, the yeast, the cocoa, the sugar, the water and the coffee. Add seeds if you want. Mix on low for about five minutes, then add the salt. Now knead on medium speed for about ten minutes. Remove the dough, form a ball and put it to rest in an other bowl sprayed with some oil and cover with a damp cloth or some cling film. Leave to rise for two hours.

Now take the dough out of the bowl and spray the kneading surface with cooking spray. Knead briefly until it has a smooth even consistency (this will only take several turns of the dough to accomplish).  Place in greased loaf pan, brush with beaten egg and sprinkle over the oats.  Let rise in warm place until doubled. Bake at 375ºF for 25-30 minutes. To check if it’s ready tap on the bread, it should sound hollow.

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*The coffee and cocoa may sound odd in a bread recipe, you don’t really taste either one much, it just gives it a nice color and the cocoa does give it a velvety texture. You’ll see.