January 06, 2016

hearty soup-dipping bread

i liked this recipe because it was sturdy enough to dip in soup, but soft enough to still use for the kids' sandwiches the next day for lunch.  and it's super hearty.  nice and soft with a little bit of crunch.  found it at eatingwell.com.


  • 2 packages active dry yeast, (2 tablespoons)
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 1/2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2-2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 3/4 cups whole-wheat flour, divided
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats, (not instant)
  • 3/4 cup bulgur
  • 3/4 cup wheat bran
  • 3/4 cup sunflower seeds, ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  1. Stir yeast and honey into lukewarm water in a large bowl. Let stand until frothy, about 10 minutes. With a wooden spoon, stir in 1 cup all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour, oats, bulgur and bran. Beat for 100 strokes. Cover with plastic and let rise for 1 hour in a warm, draft-free place. 2 Stir in ground sunflower seeds, salt, remaining 1 cup whole-wheat flour and enough of the remaining all-purpose flour to make a firm, soft dough. Turn out onto a lightly floured board and knead until dough is smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes, adding additional all-purpose flour as needed to prevent the dough from sticking.
  2. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with plastic and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours. Punch the dough down, cover and let rise again for until doubled, about 1 hour. (Alternatively, refrigerate the dough, let it rise overnight, then allow it to return to room temperature.)
  3. Divide dough in half and shape each portion into an oval loaf, about 8 inches long. Places loaves at least 3 inches apart on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Cover with a towel and let rise until almost doubled, about 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F. Brush the tops of the loaves lightly with water. With a serrated knife, make 3 diagonal slashes about 1/4 inch deep across the tops. Bake the loaves until tops are golden brown and the bottoms sound hollow when tapped, 25 to 35 minutes.