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As you may have guessed by now, I love bread. I try not to, but there’s no use. I love bread. So, I try to make it as healthy as I can to avoid the guilt I can sometimes feel after consuming just about an entire loaf. Yes, I can do it in one sitting, but I CAN restrain myself if I know I’ll be eating something else that day. Ha! Joking there, no I can’t! Here is a healthy loaf of pumpernickel, with Omega 3 from the flax seed and some good protein from the ezekiel cereal. Walnuts add a nice texture in addition to the health benefits. I used my bread machine for this loaf, but it’s also perfect for the oven baking. Heck, you could even do a combo of machine mixing, and oven baking on your bread baking stone. The options are endless. Try it out and enjoy.
1 1/2 c bread flour (plus a little extra for the extra knead)
1 1/4 c warm water (110 degrees if by hand, if by machine, not to worry, it has it’s own heater)
1 c rye flour
1 1/2 T dry milk (If you don’t have dry milk, add the same amount with the liquids)
2 T sugar
1 1/2 t salt
2 T butter (If making by hand, melt butter and add with liquids)
1/4 c cornmeal
2 1/2 T powdered cocoa
2 T REAL 100% maple syrup
You may use 3 T of molasses if you don’t have honey and syrup
1/4 t instant coffee
2 t. caraway seeds
2 1/2 t fast rise yeast (or 3 1/4 t regular yeast)
1/4 c Ezekiel cereal
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1/4 c ground flax seed
IF USING BREAD MACHINE
Place water, honey, maple syrup, in bread machine pan. In bowl, mix dry ingredients except for the yeast. Pour into bread pan on top of the water. Level the flour mixture, make an indentation in the center. Put yeast in the indentation. Cut butter into 4 pieces, place butter in each corner of the pan. Set machine on rapid (if using rapid rise yeast) wheat setting. IMPORTANT NOTE. This bread needs an extra knead. After the machine has completed the first knead, reset and re-start the machine.
IF MAKING BY HAND
Heat water to 110 degrees. Sprinkle yeast in the water to activate it. Let sit about 5-10 minutes. Meanwhile, mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add honey and maple syrup to water and add to dry ingredients. Mix until a nice dough ball forms. Knead on lightly floured surface until dough is smooth and elastic,(about 20 minutes) adding flour to your hands to keep dough from sticking. Place dough in a lightly greased bowl and let rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes. Punch down, let rise until doubled again, about 40 minutes-1 hour . Bake in pre-heated 375 degree oven for 35 minutes. Note: If using regular yeast, rising times will be just about doubled.