Homemade Quinoa Bread

Delicious and Healthy Homemade Quinoa Bread

Quinoa, a species of goosefoot, is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the grass family. Find out more

Homemade Quinoa Bread

Ingredients:

1 cup raw quinoa

2 cups water

1/4 cup oatmeal

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup milk

2 teaspoons yeast

3/4 cup warm water

1/3 cup honey

1/4 cup vegetable oil

3 tablespoons powdered milk

2 tablespoons sourdough starter (optional)

2 1/2 -3 cups bread flour

1 teaspoons salt

1 cup whole wheat flour

2 tablespoons raw quinoa for sprinkling on top of loaf

Directions:

Cook the quinoa in 2 cups of water for 10 to 15 minutes, until the water is absorbed. Cool to room temperature. Cook the oatmeal in the water and milk until liquid is absorbed. Let cool. Place 3/4 cup warm water in a large bowl (or bowl of a standing mixer) and sprinkle yeast over the water. Let rest 5 minutes. Stir honey, oil, powdered milk, and sourdough starter (if using) into the yeast mixture with a wooden spoon (or with dough hook on low-speed). Add 1 cup of the bread flour and the salt and stir well. Add the cooked quinoa and oatmeal and stir.

Add the whole wheat flour and 1 cup more of the bread flour and stir. When the dough starts to get stiff, turn out onto floured surface and begin to knead. (If using a standing mixer, continue to knead with dough hook). Keep adding flour and kneading until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes with a mixer, or 10 to 15 minutes by hand. Dough should feel slightly sticky but should not be wet and slack. You should be able to form it into a ball and it should hold its shape. Lightly oil a large bowl with vegetable oil and place bread in the bowl, turning to coat lightly with the oil. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let bread dough rise in a warm spot until double in size, about 2 hours.

Oil a large loaf pan (11 inches by 6 inches). Punch down dough and shape into a ball. Pat/flatten into an oval shape about the length of the bread pan. Fold long sides in and tuck them underneath as you place the bread into the pan, so that the top surface of the bread is smooth and without seams. Brush top of load very lightly with water and sprinkle with quinoa seeds. Let rise in warm place until bread has almost doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 400F. When oven is hot, place bread in center of oven. Throw a handful of ice cubes into bottom of oven to create steam. Bake for 30 minutes. Cover bread loosely with foil if the top is getting too brown and bake 15 minutes more. Bread should sound hollow when tapped.

Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool completely.

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