Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Occasionally I like a little spice in my life. Little being the key word. I'm not one that thrives on chaos or huge changes. I like routine, schedules, predictability. But, when it comes to baking I like to try new things...weird huh. I viewed a DVD of bread baking when my mom was here and we both enjoyed it. My dad and husband nodded off the minute we put the DVD in the machine. The main thing I wanted to try from the DVD is mix-ins. It was a new concept to me. I love the different kinds of bread at Great Harvest. So, I put two and two together and decided to try mix-ins the next time I made bread. I just used my bread recipe here, made two normal whole wheat bread loaves and used mix-ins for the other two loaves.
For the first loaf, I made a well in the bread dough. Then I added 1/2 cup chopped spinach (drained well by rolling in a paper towel), 1/2 cup feta cheese, and 1 tsp Italian Seasoning. Knead the dough (it will get messy at first) until everything is incorporated. Shape it into a loaf and let rise until doubled in size. Brush with melted butter before rising.
I got this at Costco for a couple of bucks. It seasoned the bread perfectly.
Look at the crumb. The spinach and feta can be seen in this slice. We ate it warm with butter. Nothing better.
My next mix-in is 1/2 cup cinnamon chips.
Make a well and add chips. Knead until well incorporated. Shape into a loaf and place in bread pan. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture before raising
so it looks a little like this when it's baked.
Another great mix in combo is 1/2 cup sunflower seeds and 1/2 cup oats. Pour into well made in dough and knead until well combined. Shape into a loaf and place in bread pan. Brush with honey before it rises. Three delicious combos for three different flavors of bread; sweet and savory. Try any mix-in's that sound good to you. Be adventurous....embrace change.