Catching up - 5-Grain Bread with Walnuts


Time for another catch up bake-along, making old recipes from the BBB that I didn't get to do the first time around.  Today, a nice, nutty five grain loaf.  Well actually, seven grains for me.  The original recipe came from My Kitchen In Half Cups, and the chance to bake it again came from Sweet and That's It.  I admit I was tempted to leave out a main ingredient, the walnuts.  Not because I don't like them, but I wasn't sure about the girls and I needed to use this for sandwich bread.  But I remembered they like Dave's Killer Bread and that is nutty, so decided to go ahead.  I did double the sugar for the heaviness of the grains and for sandwich bread flavor, though I used coconut sugar so it wasn't double the sweetness.  Just a rich caramel note and a touch of sweet.  Perfect for my needs.  The dough actually turned out to be pretty forgiving too, given the grains I used.  My timing ran into an hour long appointment and I had to pop the loaves in the fridge and hope they wouldn't over proof before I got back!  The results were nicely risen, enough oven spring, and a firm but moist crumb that was not dense as I had feared it might be.  It makes divine toast and dandy sandwiches.  Now I raised my eyebrows at the amount of salt, and the dough tasted a bit salty, but the bread is fine.  However I did use celtic sea salt, which doesn't have the harsh pure sodium chloride saltiness of table salt.  I would use less of that or kosher salt if using either of those. 

5 Grain Bread with Walnuts
makes two 9x5-inch loaves (I used 8x4 pans)

1¼ cups (125 g) walnuts, roughly chopped
3¼ tsp instant yeast or 3¾ tsp active dry soaked in ¼ cup lukewarm water
3 cups (720 ml) water, room temperature (I reduced by ¼ cup as well as omitting the ¼ cup yeast water soak for active dry version)
3¾ cups (500 g) unbleached all-purpose flour (I used 3 cups spelt and ¾ cup kamut)
1¼ cups (125 g) oat flour or finely ground rolled oats (I used ground sprouted oats)
1 cup + 2 tbsp (125 g) rye flour (I used the last of my dark rye and a bit of emmer)
1 cup less 1 tbsp (125 g) whole-wheat flour (I used sprouted wheat flour)
¾ cup (125 g) brown rice flour
1 tbsp sugar (2 tbsp coconut sugar)
1 tbsp + 1 tsp (20 g) salt (celtic sea salt)

Carefully toast the walnuts in the oven or stovetop.  Don't let them burn.  (I skipped this because my walnuts were sprouted/crispy.)  Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.  Reserve a third in another bowl.  Add the water to the mixing bowl and combine to get a sticky dough.  Rest for 20 minutes.  Add in the walnuts to disperse evenly and knead in the remaining portion of dry ingredients until the dough is firm and elastic and no longer sticky.  (I mixed mine with a mixer and let it remain just slightly sticky.)  Cover and let rise until doubled, about an hour.
Divide the dough in two and shape into loaves.  Place in two greased loaf pans and let rise until doubled again, 45-60 minutes.  Slash the tops as desired and bake in a preheated 400ºF oven for 40-45 minutes.  This is a heavier bread and will need to be completely baked to avoid a gummy interior.  Interior temperature should be around 200-205º.  (I baked mine 40 minutes and then removed from the pans and baked another 5 minutes.)  Cool completely on a rack when done.  Slice only when completely cool. 

These loaves slice very nicely so you can get a thin slice but still have a very hearty sandwich.  I am a toast lover though, so I will probably make some tuna melts soon!  Comfort food!

Oh yes, awesome tuna meltage.

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  1. Many thanks for baking along, Kelly.
    You've made two really beautiful loaves and I am so happy they turned out just as you wished.

    I have never tasted or bought coconut sugar but it's something I really wish to do. I just need to find a shop that sells it - I probably need to go to a special "healthy store"...
    All the best dear Kelly... the next recipe is coming soon ;-)


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