Prep 4 hrs
Cook 45 mins
Quinoa is a high protein grain that has been grown in the Andes mountain regions of South America for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Recently 'redisovered' for it's nutritional properties, quinoa adds a pleasant chewiness and slighly nutty flavor to this wholesome bread. A slice of this high protein, high fiber quinoa bread for breakfast will easily tide you over until lunchtime. This bread stays moist for several days, slices well, and is great for sandwiches. PREP TIME: includes rise time. NOTE: this will make 1 large loaf or 2 9x5 loaves
- 1 cup raw quinoa
- 2 cups water
- 1⁄4 cup oatmeal
- 1⁄4 cup water
- 1⁄4 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons yeast
- 3⁄4 cup warm water
- 1⁄3 cup honey
- 1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
- 3 tablespoons powdered milk
- 2 tablespoons sourdough starter (optional)
- 2 1⁄2-3 cups bread flour
- 1 -2 teaspoon salt (to taste)
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons raw quinoa (for sprinkling on top of loaf)
- Cook the quinoa in 2 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed.
- Cool to room temperature.
- .Cook the oatmeal in the water and milk until liquid is absorbed. Let cool.
- .Place 3/4 cup warm water in a large bowl (or bowl of a standing mixer) and sprinkle yeast over the water. Let rest 5 minutes.
- .Stir honey, oil, powdered milk, and sourdough starter (if using) into the yeast mixture with a wooden spoon (or with dough hook on low speed).
- Add 1 cup of the bread flour and the salt and stir well.
- Add the cooked quinoa and oatmeal and stir.
- Add the whole wheat flour and 1 cup more of the bread flour and stir.
- When the dough starts to get stiff, turn out onto floured surface and begin to knead. (If using a standing mixer, continue to knead with dough hook). Keep adding flour and kneading until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes with a mixer, or 10 to 15 minutes by hand.
- Dough should feel slightly sticky but should not be wet and slack. You should be able to form it into a ball and it should hold its shape.
- .Lightly oil a large bowl with vegetable oil and place bread in the bowl, turning to coat lightly with the oil. Cover loosely with saran wrap.
- Let bread dough rise in a warm spot until double in size, about 2 hours.
- Oil a large loaf pan (11 inches by 6 inches or 2 9x5 pans). Punch down dough and shape into a ball.
- Pat/flatten into an oval shape about the length of the bread pan. Fold long sides in and tuck them underneath as you place the bread into the pan, so that the top surface of the bread is smooth and without seams.
- .Brush top of load very lightly with water and sprinkle with quinoa seeds.
- Let rise in warm place until bread has almost doubled in size. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- 1When oven is hot, place bread in center of oven. Throw a handful of ice cubes into bottom of oven to create steam.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Cover bread loosely with foil if the top is getting too brown and bake 15 minutes more.
- Bread should sound hollow when tapped.
- Let cool in pan for 15 minutes.
- Remove from pan and let cool completely.
I've just recently started using Quinoa for the first time and have found I really like it's nutty flavor a lot. Decided to try it in bread when I saw this recipe and glad I did, it's flavor is so good with a nice texture that's perfect for slicing. I did use the optional sourdough and think it gave it a nice flavor boost that I enjoyed plus maybe a little extra rise. I braided the dough instead of just shaping as I'm trying to learn this procedure and have to say it looked great. I liked that it holds it's shape well for slicing and sandwiches - wonderful wholesome bread that's going to be made often. Made for Rookie Recipe Tag