Recipe: Harvest Grain Bread

This morning I spent some time on the Azure Standard website stocking up on the healthy goodies that tend to be more affordable there. This time around my list included honey, split peas, wild rice, coconut oil, cornmeal, wheat germ, sesame seeds, peanuts, barley, and pinto beans. I like that you can order organic versions of most things for only a little more than the non-organic.

I also secretly find it fun to go pick up my order at a gas station about 5 minutes from our house.  The warehouse is in Oregon, and trucks monthly deliveries to folks all over the Pacific Northwest.  I only order through Azure a few times a year, but when I do, I feel confident that I’ve bought good quality food at a competitive price.


I thought maybe you’d like to see a very delicious bread recipe I’m planning to make with some of the goodies I bought today.   This recipe is adapted from a lovely little cookbook put out by La Leche League many years ago called Mother’s In the Kitchen. My mom had the book when I was a child and I loved enough recipes from it that I bought myself a copy when I moved out and got married.

The recipe below will make 3 large loaves (I use these bread pans) and the bread freezes beautifully.  I would however suggest that you slice it before freezing, since that will greatly simplify grabbing a few slices out of the freezer for your breakfast toast.

 

Health Bread

Makes 3 large loaves

Yeast mixture:

  • 3 c. warm water
  • ¾ c. molasses
  • 3 T. yeast

Combine the above ingredients and set aside 10 minutes.  Meanwhile, in a very large bowl (I use my KitchenAid) combine the ingredients below:

  • 1 c. powdered milk (optional)
  • ½ c. oats
  • ½ c. cornmeal
  • ½ c. wheat germ
  • ½  c. oat bran
  • 2 c. whole wheat flour
  • 5 c. white flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 T. salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

Once the above ingredients have been measured into the bowl, add the yeast mixture, and mix well until all ingredients are blended. Gradually add 2 to 3 cups more white flour, kneading until the dough is firm and elastic and not sticky.  If you are using a KitchenAid, when enough flour has been added, the dough will ‘clean’ the sides of the mixer bowl.  (Warning: this dough is extremely heavy and will probably finish off a mixer with less horsepower than a Kitchen-Aid.)

Let rise in a greased bowl until double, about an hour.  Punch down.   If dough feels sticky at this point, you may need to add just a little more flour, probably not more than half a cup or so.  Form into 3 loaves (or 4 if your loaf pans are not large). Grease the pans, and place the loaves in to rise, covered with a light towel, for about 45 minutes.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, until the loaves sound hollow.  Remove from oven and butter tops of loaves, then remove from pans and set on racks to cool.

Note: Feel free to make substitutions if you do not have all of the ingredients listed in blue.  For example, if you don’t have oat bran, increase the quantity of oats to one full cup.  As long as the total quantity of ‘blue’ ingredients remains at 2 cups, the recipe will work fine. 

{ 20 Comments }

  1. Yum, Mary! I’m trying this today! It sounds great.

  2. Sounds like something my girls and I can try this weekend. Thanks for the heads up Mary on what looks like a very easy but tasty treat to compliment our watermelon jelly.

  3. Yum! Do you ever use a greater amount of whole wheat vs. white? Have you experimented with that part of the recipe?

    Blessings,
    Sandwich

    • I think you could use more whole wheat if you wanted to, but it might make the bread a bit heavier? Let me know how it goes if you try it.

      • We use only fresh ground wheat when making our 5 loaves of bread weekly – we do not have any problems with it being heavy and it is so much healthier for you. White flour is not very good for you. Here is a very good easy recipe for 100% fresh ground whole wheat flour. The cookbook is amazing as well.
        http://www.aholyexperience.com/2009/10/our-best-bread-recipe-foolproof-bread/

        We love azure as well. We order almost each month – we have 7 children & as you said they have a lot of affordable things.

        • Thanks for the reminder of that recipe, Jessica! I have been meaning to try it, but I need to buy more whole wheat flour…

          • Jessica O. says:

            Hi! If you use whole wheat flour from the store over grinding fresh grain & getting whole wheat then it may be “heavy” as you mentioned. Store whole wheat makes heavier bread over grinding it fresh. Azure has great prices on the whole wheat grains as does Wheat Montana. We prefer the hard white wheat here over the red wheat – We feel the hard white wheat which is 100% wheat makes a fluffier bread – just info for those that have not tried it. Just did not want someone to make the recipe I shared w store wheat and wonder why it was a bit heavy. The cookbook the ladies have on that site is full of good healthy, frugal breads, muffins, cookies & such using fresh ground wheat.

          • Jessica O. says:

            Hi! If you use whole wheat flour from the store over grinding fresh grain & getting whole wheat then it may be “heavy” as you mentioned. Store whole wheat makes heavier bread over grinding it fresh. Azure has great prices on the whole wheat grains as does Wheat Montana. We prefer the hard white wheat here over the red wheat – We feel the hard white wheat which is 100% wheat makes a fluffier bread – just info for those that have not tried it. Just did not want someone to make the recipe I shared w store wheat and wonder why it was a bit heavy. The cookbook the ladies have on that site is full of good healthy, frugal breads, muffins, cookies & such using fresh ground wheat. I think they share some price break downs of how much it costs to grind your own wheat and make your own bread. It is really frugal, so much more healthy and more filling. My kids do not get full on store whole what bread like they do homemade.

  4. Boy was this easy and really good with our watermelon jelly; planning on using slices for french toast (texas toast is awfully expensive in our area but our favorite for french toast) so interested to see how this fares for french toast.

  5. I am going to try this recipe using gluten-free flours/products. I am going to try to replace the wheat germ with flax seed or some other fiber. I love bread but hardly eat it any more because I have to pay $6 for a loaf of bread. I sure do miss eating a sandwich or having a hamburger bun. Corn tortillas just aren’t the same.

    • laura h. says:

      Will assume that by your saying $6 a loaf, you are buying gluten-free products?
      Our local grocery store has a list of gluten-free products and prices right when you walk in the door which has proved to be a great boost for their business.

      • Yes, I mean gluten-free bread. Needless to say, we don’t eat much bread around here anymore (we grown ups anyway). I am learning to like corn and brown rice tortillas if I have to have a “sandwich.” I hope that once I get the kids back to school next week, that I can try this recipe with gluten-free flours.

  6. I meant to say “ground flax seeds.”

  7. Oh, Mary, that cookbook has seen great use in my household, too! No Excuse bread! I see that you can buy the cookbook from Amazon for $320.89?! I love the tone of the old La Leche League newsletters, as well.

    Your mom was the first LLL contact in my life as a new mama. My pediatrician did not approve of my nursing style on our first visit and insisted that I let Emily cry it out, etc. between “feedings.” After one hour of torture, I called your mother. I still remember her calm tones as she asked me to let Emily nurse during our phone call and then decide what to do. What a pleasant surprise to find that Hazel turned out to be our pastor’s wife!

    God’s Peace!

  8. Sue from Buffalo says:

    Mary, I’m just learning all of this. When you say “oats,” is that the same as oatmeal? If not, where do I buy it? A health food store? I looked online at Azure standard. I’m not sure if they would deliver out my way or not. Doesn’t seem like I’m on the “truck” route; however, I haven’t fully explored it all yet. (I’m a bit east of all of you–smile)

    I’m looking forward to “changin’ my ways” and eating healthier. (big smile)
    Sue

  9. Yes, I just use quick oats! Hope you like it! I am guessing Azure doesn’t deliver that far east either, but maybe they ship things UPS or something? Could ask on their website anyway…

  10. I can’t wait to try this health bread recipe. Thanks for the contest ,too. I certainly could use some extra moola!

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