Baked Bread

HEALTHY HOMEMADE EZEKIEL BREAD RECIPE

This is my original recipe, developed after researching other existing recipes and the description of the bread ingredients given in the Bible’s book of Ezekiel.

I make this in a bread machine (cycle includes 18 minutes mix/knead, 20 minute rest, 18 minutes mix/knead). After the second mix/knead cycle, I put the dough in a regular bread pan and bake it in the oven.

An important part of this recipe – to get the rise and light bread texture you desire – is to warm recipe liquid as instructed and to keep the dough warm throughout the mixing and final rise processes.

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cups water (I use hot tap water but you can warm on the stovetop, too)

¼ cup honey or maple syrup

1 ½ teaspoons instant yeast

In cold weather, I heat the measuring cup with some hot water before I use it so it doesn’t affect the temperature range I want.

Measure the water and syrup into a measuring cup. Using a digital thermometer, check the temperature range. If it’s below 105, you can warm ¼ cup of the liquid on the stovetop to reach the correct temperature range. Once it’s the correct temperature, stir in the yeast, dissolving as much of the yeast as possible. Set aside.

2 ¼ cups white wheat flour (red wheat flour produces a coarser bread)

¾ cup spelt flour

¼ cup barley flour

¼ cup millet flour

¼ cup lentil flour

¼ cup bean flour (I used black bean but any bean flour would work)

1 ½ teaspoons salt

1 Tablespoon wheat gluten (optional but not necessaryhttps://bakeyourbestever.com/?p=2417&preview=true

Sift all dry ingredients well.

 

Pour yeast mixture into bread machine (if temperatures are really cold, you can heat the bread machine canister with hot water before you use it). Add dry ingredients.

2 Tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil

Pour the oil on top of the dry ingredients. Start the machine.

My bread machine has two dough kneading cycles. I allow it to complete both cycles, then take the dough and place it in a bread pan sprayed with a non-stick product. I cover it with a tea towel to help keep it from drying out while it raises.

I place my bread dough in the oven for the final rise. Before you place the dough in the oven, you can preheat the oven to around 100 degrees, which aids the rising process. Within 30 to 45 minutes the dough should raise satisfactorily. Remove it from the oven; heat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the dough for 30 to 45 minutes or until the crust is well browned. Remove from the oven and immediately take the bread out of the pan and cool on a rack for a couple of hours.

Enjoy!

 

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