Lazy J Bar C

Lazy J Bar C

Friday, August 19, 2011

Health Grain Bread

This bread is chock full of good-for-you stuff like raisins, carrots, sunflower seeds and wheat germ. The sunflower seeds and raisins give it a salty/sweet taste that is really yummy! This looks like a lot of ingredients for just a loaf of bread but it is worth it! :) You could make a single 9 x 5-inch loaf but sometimes you might want to share a loaf of bread with someone. I make these half loaves of some of my specialty breads for the Farmers Market because some of the older customers just don't want a full-sized loaf. I got the idea from the King Arthur Flour website a couple of years ago, they call them "Sharing Loaves." I make the Sharing Loaves with this recipe.

1 to 1 1/4 cups milk
2 1/3 cups bread flour
1 1/3 cups whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons olive oil (I use the extra light)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/4 cup oat bran
2 tablespoons wheat germ
1 tablespoon cracked wheat
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons bread machine yeast OR 1 packet active dry yeast (If using active dry yeast, dissolve it in the warm milk before combining with the remaining ingredients.)

Mix, knead and let your dough rise until doubled using your favorite method; bread machine, manual or stand mixer. Divide dough in half and shape each half into a smooth ball. Place side by side in a greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in size.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown; cover loosely with foil after 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely.

When completely cool, carefully separate the two loaves; if necessary, use a serrated bread knife to help separate them. Don't forget to share one loaf with a friend! :)

Linking to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop at Deborah Jean's Dandelion House!


Lady Farmer said...

Hi Candy!
Thanks for dropping by today! Yah~ applesauce is easy-peasy and tastes sooo good! And I have a Victorian Applesauce cake recipe that I love to use some in!
Oh, your bread looks divine! I'll be trying it for sure when I get back to baking during cooler temps.
I'm off now to go take a peek around your place ~ looks mighty tempting with all the wonderful recipes!
Farmgirl Blessings!

Candy C. said...

Lady Farmer,

Thanks for stopping by! I will have to revisit your blog and see if I can find the Victorian Applesauce cake recipe! ;)

nancypo said...

Looks so healthy! I love carrots and raisens combined... Could I use oats instead of oat bran?

MamaTea said...

I just *love* your blog. Your recipes are amazing! And I'd never heard of a sharing loaf until I came here. You're inspiring me to bake something amazing today. :)

Candy C. said...


I think oats would work. The oat bran is pretty fine like the wheat germ. Maybe you could grind the oats in a mini food processor. I have done that before to make oat "flour."

Candy C. said...

Thanks Amy!

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Your bread looks and sound delish! I will give it a try...Thanks for sharing on the hop!

Candy C. said...
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Candy C. said...

Thanks Deb for stopping by and thanks for hosting the Hop!

Anonymous said...

What a yummy looking, unique bread.


Candy C. said...

Hey Teresa!
Thanks for stopping by! I sure enjoy reading your blog and Millie's too! :)