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This bread is terrific for sandwiches. Its slight sweetness and hint of orange marries well with turkey, particularly if you’re one of the people who loves turkey sandwiches with a dollop of cranberry sauce in the filling.
- Bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil, add the cereal, cover and let sit until the temperature reaches 110°F, about 1 hour. Heat the remaining 1/2 cup water to 110°F and combine it with the yeast, in a large bowl, to soften.
- Add cereal mixture, salt, oil, eggs, orange rind (or oil), honey and 2 cups flour. Beat vigorously for two minutes. Gradually add enough remaining flour, a little at a time, to make a dough stiff enough to knead. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead, adding flour as necessary, until you have a smooth, elastic dough.
- Put dough into an oiled bowl, turning once to make sure the entire ball is coated with oil. Cover with a towel, and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down and turn out onto a work surface. Divide dough into halves or thirds, depending on the size of your pans -- two 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" or three 8" x 3" pans. Shape dough and place in the pans, which have been well greased. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
- Bake loaves in a preheated 375°F oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until they test done. Immediately remove bread from pans, and cool completely on a wire rack. Yield: Two large or three small loaves.
I found that I needed to add a good bit more water to this as my cereal sucked up all of the first amount. That said this came out delicious and I love the texture. I made enough for 1 loaf and turned it into 10 dinner rolls. The orange adds a lovely flavor accent :D. Made for Pick A Chef, Spring 2013.