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Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Wow, another home-made bread! What is going on with me. The hubby and I have become quite the bakers since the stay at home mandate. Last week I made some flat breads and this week Marcus made some easy whole wheat bread. It has been very hard to find ingredients like yeast the last few weeks but it seems things are getting a little better as we were able to get some. We finally got some paper towels towels, which we were extremely excited about. 

This whole wheat bread is delicious and easy to make. We sliced it straight out of the oven while it was still warm, put a little butter on it and had it with a nice cup of coffee. Eating  bread fresh out of the oven is one of life’s greatest pleasures in my opinion. 

If you are intimidated by making bread, it isn’t as difficult as you may think. I have a few tips to help you achieve the best result with your homemade bread. 

4 important tips and ingredients for perfect home made bread: 

  1. Do not over-knead the dough: An easy way to tell if your dough has been kneaded enough is to test if you are able to stretch the dough at least 3-4 inches without it breaking. 
  2. Season well: When it comes to bread make sure you add enough salt. The first loaf we ever made tasted bland and it was because we used very little salt. The flour absorbs the salt a lot so be generous but make sure not to add too much either. We used a tbsp for this recipe compared to the a pinch of salt which we used for the disastrous first loaf. 
  3. Yeast: Using yeast always makes me feel a little intimidated because it is a live ingredient. This means that you need to get good yeast. Make sure the yeast isn’t expired; this is very easy to forget to check. To help your yeast thrive, give it some warmth, carbs (flour) and a little sugar. The yeast will do the rest.
  4. Patience: I am very impatient and I really hate waiting for anything to cook or marinade. However, when it comes to bread, the longer you let your dough sit, the better your bread will be. If you are tempted to put it in the oven after 30 minutes of sitting, don’t. Wait at least an hour or 2 hours to let the dough rise. 4 hours plus is even better if you have the time. 

 

Print Recipe
Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup lukewarm coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Passive Time 1 Hour
Servings
Loaves
Ingredients
  • 3 cups sprouted whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 cup lukewarm coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 packet or 2 1/4 tsp dry yeast
Easy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients together; Salt sugar, flour and yeast
  2. Melt butter and add to coconut milk (Make sure mixture is lukewarm before adding to dry ingredients) Mix coconut milk mixture with flour mix and knead until dough is sticky and stretchy.
  3. Form dough into a ball and brush with canola oil. Place dough in a large bowl, cover with a towel and let the dough rest for at least an hour or until dough has doubled in size. The longer you let it rest the more complex the flavors. You can even store in the fridge overnight.
  4. Remove ball of dough from the bowl, poke holes on the dough with your fingers to release some of the gas build up from the yeast.
  5. Divide dough into 2 pieces and shape dough into desired bread shape. Please in baking tin covered with parchment paper and set aside for 15 minutes.
  6. Place in a preheated oven at 300 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 45 minute till lightly golden. You can brush the top lightly with butter before placing in the oven.

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

It’s the middle of April and the mandatory stay at home law is still in full effect. Being home all day every day has definitely increased my creativity and sense of adventure in the kitchen. The other day we were out of bread for breakfast and there were no open grocery delivery windows so I had to think of a plan. The old me would have just gone somewhere else to get bread but the new me decided to make their own bread. I was pretty impressed how easy it was to make this no yeast garlic flatbread. 

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

I know what you are thinking. Making flatbread is not easy Agnes. It really is, and the secret is to use a food processor to mix your dough instead of kneading it yourself. Kneading is literally a deterrent for me when it comes to making any bread therefore eliminating that step makes the process 10 times easier. What makes this bread perfect is that it only needs a few ingredients and no yeast is required too. 

Another thing that makes this flatbread special is the addition of fresh garlic and onion powder to the flower mixture. This makes it super flavorful and almost tastes like the garlic naan that you get from Indian restaurants. I also used almond milk instead of milk and substituted yogurt with olive oil. Living in these COVID-19 days has taught us to make do with what we have and substitutions have become the norm. 

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

Easy No Yeast Garlic Flatbread

Print Recipe
EASY NO YEAST GARLIC FLATBREAD RECIPE
Easy No Yeast Flat Bread
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings
Flatbreads
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Warm water
  • 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings
Flatbreads
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All purpose flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Fresh garlic minced
  • 1/2 tsp Onion powder
  • 2 tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/4 cup Warm water
  • 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
Easy No Yeast Flat Bread
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients in a large food processor with double blades and process until dough combines into a big ball.
  2. Dust a large clean flat surface or counter top with flour. Form the dough into a ball and break it into 8 pieces then roll each small piece of dough into balls.
  3. Flatten each ball with a rolling pin until they are about 10 inches wide.
  4. Heat a skillet on medium-high heat and add a little olive oil. Cook flatbreads and flip when bubbles start showing. Do an additional flip till desired color is reached, I love mine to have some brown spots. Will be about 2 minutes for each side.

Product review: Whole Foods Multigrain Deli Thins

It’s been a while since I reviewed a product so this week I am talking about my current obsession…..Whole Foods Multigrain┬áDeli Thins. My go to bread choice has always been Trader Joe’s Quinoa bread but I recently came across these multigrain thins while shopping at Whole Foods and they have become a regular in my house. One deli thin has a whopping 5 grams of dietary fiber and you will not find any artificial preservatives in these babies.
If you are on a low calorie diet you will love that these multigrain thins only contain 100 calories per thin. I like to pack one for lunch with sliced avocado, spinach and shaved carrots.
Although I am loving these now, the Quinoa bread is still my top choice but the multigrain thins are a close second. Did I mention they only cost $2.99 for 8 thins.
What is your favorite bread?

Product review: Trader Joe’s Quinoa Bread

One of my favorite things to do is grocery shopping and I am not ashamed to admit that I would rather go grocery shopping than hang out at the hottest club in town. There is something about picking avocados at the veggie section or finding a nice fillet of Salmon on sale in the meat section that just brings me joy. Ok, maybe I have issues but there are worse things in life.

I have decided to start a weekly review of my grocery store finds and this week Trader Joe’s Quinoa bread is in the spotlight. I found this quinoa bread by accident while looking for some french bread in the store. This bread has a nutty flavor and the protein rich quinoa provides extra nutrition and a unique taste. Even my picky boyfriend said it is the best bread he has had in a while. 
Overall I was impressed with the bread and will give it 4 stars!
I love my quinoa bread with scrambled eggs and smoked salmon for a simple yummy breakfast. 

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Easy Breakfast with garlic Parmesan toast recipe

As we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, however there are times when you don’t have time to whip up an elaborate breakfast. Last weekend I was having one of those days and 15 minutes later I had made garlic Parmesan toast with scrambled eggs and a tomato salsa. This is a very simple yet delicious and satisfying breakfast. 
Parmesan toast 
4 slices Italian bread
2 tbsp butter at room temperature
1 tsp mayonnaise
1 clove garlic minced
3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
freshly ground pepper
Directions
– Set oven to a low broil setting. 
– Mix all ingredients except bread in a small bowl and spread over slices of bread. 
– Toast in oven until bread is golden brown and crispy around the edges. 
– Serve warm topped with tomato salsa and scrambled eggs. This bread is great served with other meals e.g spaghetti and meatballs. 
Simple tomato salsa 
1 large tomato diced
2 spring onions sliced
4 basil leaves torn into small pieces
salt and freshly ground pepper
olive oil
Directions
– mix first 5 ingredients and drizzle with olive oil.

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