Healthier bread, anyone?

I love to cook and bake, but time just doesn’t allow much of that.  The weekend gives me a respite.  I cook for my family on Sunday…and it proves to be very therapeutic.  My dad cooks, too, and sent me a recipe for a quick yeast bread from the King Arthur Baking Circle.  The recipe, Moomie’s Beautiful Burger Buns, is a great recipe, no doubt.  Like my dad, though, I take a recipe and tweak it a bit to fit what I need.  I have changed this recipe so much, however, that even Moomie, herself, would not recognize it!  If you are in the market for a great bread recipe, give this a try.  I have used this recipe to make hamburger buns, hot dog buns, regular rolls and bread sticks.  It’s all in how you shape the dough.

1 cup water at 105 degrees

1 Tbs good quality instant or rapid rise yeast (Red Star is my favorite)

1/4 cup plus 1 tsp honey (I always sub honey for sugar, bonus: don’t need as much and makes bread moist!)

1 Tbs milled flax seeds with 3 Tbs water (substitute for any egg in a baking recipe!)

2 to 3 Tbs good quality oil (I use a mixture sometimes of Olive, Canola and Sunflower, but all Olive is good too)

3 to 3 1/4 cups Good quality flour
(My favorite blend: 2 cups unbleached, unbromated all-purpose flour 1 cup Spelt flour, plus extra if needed all purpose)
(There IS a difference in flour!  I use either King Arthur, Hodgson Mill or Bob’s Red Mill)
*You can mix flours, I always do.  Another blend I use with great success are 1 cup all-purpose, 1 cup white wheat, 1 cup whole wheat, the balance in all-purpose as needed; I also use 1 1/2 all-purpose and 1 1/2 Spelt.

1 tsp Salt (I use a red salt, Himalayan or from Utah)

1/4 cup Flax Seeds

If you are in a hurry, you can put all ingredients in your bread machine and let the dough cycle run.  Skip to Step 7

If not in a hurry…
Step 1:  In a bowl, add yeast, 1 tsp honey, 1 Tbs yeast, GENTLY mix.  Set aside until foamy

Step 2:  While waiting, mix milled flax seeds with the water, let sit a few minutes.  Then add oil and honey, gently mix together, add rest of warm water…It may separate again before the yeast mixture is foamy, just remix.

Step 3:  Add water mixture from Step 2 to yeast mixture, gently combine.

Step 4:  Sprinkle some of the Flax seeds over the yeast/water mixture then add 1 cup flour, sprinkling of flax seeds, 1 cup flour, Add salt, last of flax seeds, 1 cup of flour.  (You will add in layers to make sure the flax seeds are well distributed.)

Step 5:  Mix till the liquid and dry ingredients come together.  Might still be damp.  If using Spelt, you probably will not need any more flour at this point.  If using all all-purpose, you will need a bit more.

Step 6:  Kneading the dough…
Many of us don’t make bread because we don’t like to knead the dough for 10 minutes and we don’t have or use a bread machine…I am here to the rescue!  If you knead the dough until it comes together and is mostly smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes, let it rise until double in size, about 30 to 45 minutes, punch it down, knead it for another 2 minutes and let it rise again, you get the same, if not better, results!  After last rise, go to Step 7.

If you want to knead the dough the required 10 minutes, your bread will be done quicker…
Knead, adding flour IF needed, until the dough becomes slightly elastic, 10 minutes.  Oil dough and cover, putting dough in a warm spot until double in size, about 30 to 45 minutes.

Step 7:  Punch down the dough, knead a minute and pinch off balls of dough about the size of a lemon.  Technically, you should get 6 to 8 pieces.  Knead and turn the dough in your fingers, shaping into buns.  Oil the dough on all sides and place on baking sheet.  Let rise another 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 8:  As your buns are rising, preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Step 9:  After last rise, bake in 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes.

Finally, remove from oven, let cool a few minutes, and you are ready to eat!


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