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Friday, September 9, 2011

Country Hearth Bread

This is one of my favorite artisan type breads to take to the Farmer's Market. The sprinkling of oats over the top makes it look really appetizing and people like the fact that it is 100% whole wheat. The molasses makes it darker and gives it a heartier flavor than the 100% Whole Wheat Bread that I posted previously. The basic recipe (before my meddling LOL!) is from my favorite bread book "Great Whole Grain Breads" by Beatrice Ojakangas. This makes a great ham and swiss sandwich but my favorite way to eat it is with just some butter! :)

1 cup milk
1/4 cup orange juice
1/3 cup molasses
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup raw wheat germ
4 cups whole wheat flour
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.)
Milk to brush over top
Rolled oats to sprinkle over top

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 round ball. Flatten each into a 5 to 6-inch circle and place on a baking sheet. Let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled. Brush the top of each loaf with milk and sprinkle with rolled oats, pat slightly to get the oats to stick.

Bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until done. Cover loosely with foil after about 10 minutes to prevent overbrowning. Remove to a wire rack and let cool completely.

Linking to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop at Deborah Jean's Dandelion House, check out all the cool posts! :)


Anonymous said...

OJ??? Does it taste orange, or is it one of those ingredients that just make the others taste better (like cocoa with beef)?


Candy C. said...

Hey Paula!
The orange juice helps to cut the bitterness sometimes associated with 100% whole wheat breads. That is a trick I learned from the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook. :)

larkspur funny farm said...

Great tip about the orange juice I will put that in my recipe book for the next bread baking session. Look mouth watering. Thanks for sharing.

Kristina said...

Is that the same recipe you shared with me? I still need to make some.

Candy C. said...

Thanks! It really is a good bread, Jerry made a PB&J with it this afternoon! :)

I sent you the 100% Whole Wheat sandwich bread recipe before. This one is a little different because of the molasses, it is a little heartier.

P.S. Nope, doesn't taste orange at all! :)

Anonymous said...

This does sound yummy. I love the OJ in there.

MamaTea said...

Yum! Your bread pictures always look like something out of a book. And make me drool with my morning coffee...looks great, Candy!

Candy C. said...

It is a really good bread that can be used for anything! :)

I do try to make the food look appetizing, too much time spent watching the Food Network! LOL!!

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Yum! I love country bread and this recipe looks great! Can't wait to try it myself!
Thanks for sharing your recipe on this weeks hop!

Candy C. said...

Thanks! Hope you like the bread as much as we do! :)