Friday, April 25, 2008

Healthy Oatey Wheaty Loaf

Oooo yea! It's Healthy! It's Oat-ey! It's Wheaty! Best of all, it's YUMMY!

Hmph...after my torturing period of feeling SLUGGISH, FAT, UNAPPEALING...the list goes on and on and on and on for the past few days, i vowed to stay on the healthy track...for at least a month just to monitor my body system.

When healthy is DB's main concern, guess what is the least priority now? *sob sob*.....gone will be the chocolate chip cookies, the sausage buns, the roti pratha, the junk food, the preserved fruits and hoo!

I made a loaf of bread yesterday night with mostly organic ingredients. Using numerous bread recipes as guidance, i made up my very own healthy bread it is:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 cups organic wholemeal bread flour
  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats (grind them to powder texture)
  • 1/4 cup organic wheat bran
  • 3 tbsp organic molasses
  • 1 tbsp vegetable shortening
  • 2 tbsp organic soy powder
  • a handful of organic sunflower seeds
  • 1 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp vinegar
I combined all the ingredients in my bread machine and selected "whole wheat" setting. Waited for 3 hrs and 40 minutes.....almost ZZzzzZZZzz...haha!

Verdict: The bread was a little dense, probably because the flour i used was purely wholemeal bread flour without any other 'white' flour. I've learnt from a website stating that adding a TABLESPOON of vinegar will help reduce the dense-ness of the bread and helps yield a much airy bread....i was very skeptical at adding that much of vinegar...afraid of producing a sourish bread...hmmm...probably next time i should add 1 tbsp of vinegar and we'll see how it goes. Anyway, asides from the bread being densed, it actually tasted really good....soft...and i can actually savour bits of sunflower seeds and brans in every bite of the bread....and quite filling too!
For those who are health conscious, do give this bread a try!

Zooming into the texture of the bread

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