Tested till perfect Multigrain Loaf

Multigrain Loaf

This loaf, with its lovely wheaty flavour, even crumb and rustic artisanal look, will make even novices into confirmed bread bakers. You do have to begin the day before to mix the flour, water and yeast starter, but all three loaves – multigrain, whole wheat and white – are worth it. For all three, we used Robin Hood Best for Bread flours.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: October 2008

Recipe4 out of 5 based on 4 ratings.
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  • Portion size 1 loaf, 12 slices

Ingredients

  • 4 cups 4cupsmultigrain bread flour
  • 1 cup 1cupwarm water
  • 2 tbsp 2tbspbuckwheat honey
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspfine sea salt

Starter:

  • 1 tsp 1tspgranulated sugar
  • 1 cup 1cupwarm water
  • 1-1/2 tsp 1-1/2tspactive dry yeast
  • 1 cup 1cupmultigrain bread flour

Topping:

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2tspmultigrain bread flour
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Preparation

Starter: In large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle in yeast; let stand until frothy, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour, stirring until mixture is consistency of thick pancake batter, about 2 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand in warm place until bubbly and puffy, and wheaty aroma develops, 8 to 12 hours.

Stir in 3-1/4 cups (800 mL) of the flour, warm water, honey and salt to make soft sticky dough.

Turn out onto generously floured surface; knead, dusting with as much of the remaining flour as necessary to prevent sticking, until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Form into ball; place in greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover dough with plastic wrap; let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Grease 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan; set aside.

Punch down dough. Shape into ball; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Press into 11- x 8-inch (28 x 20 cm) rectangle. Starting at short end, roll up into cylinder; pinch along bottom and ends to seal. Fit, seam side down, into prepared pan. Cover with clean tea towel and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Topping: Dust top of loaf with flour. Slash top lengthwise down centre, starting and ending about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from edges of pan. Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until instant-read thermometer registers 215°F (102°C) and loaf is golden and sounds hollow when tapped on bottom, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool.

Additional information : Variations
Unbleached White Loaf: Replace multigrain bread flour with unbleached white bread flour. Replace buckwheat honey with mild liquid honey.

Whole Wheat Loaf: Replace multigrain bread flour with whole wheat bread flour.

Nutritional Information Per slice: about

cal 219 pro 8g total fat 1g sat. fat 0
carb 45g fibre 4g chol 0mg sodium 290mg

% RDI:

calcium 2 iron 19 vit C 2 folate 11
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