Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015
Try a new variety with your sourdough bread this week.
There are lots of variations to the basic bread which will give variety to your tastebuds, something we all enjoy once in awhile, right? Using tiny seeds (ground to a powder) to enhance the flavor of the bread is a common way used in Europe to add variety. Corriander is the seed of the cilantro plant. Using the whole seed (which itself is high in minerals and trace minerals),add 1 or 2 tablespoons coriander seed to your wheat when grinding. It’s as simple as that. No extra steps to grind the seed separately, and since most seeds lose nutrition when ground and exposed to the air, you get the full nutrition. Caraway is another great-flavored seed that adds a wonderful flavor to the bread.Caraway seed is high in magnesium, a extremely important mineral(present in whole wheat) that 80% of the US population is deficient in,(because they do not eat properly soaked whole wheat right?) I had a friend who made Dilly Bread by adding whole dill seed to the mill when she ground her bread.
One great variety we enjoy at our house is Carob/Walnut Bread. Simply add 1 cup of toasted carob flour to a 4 Cup water batch (makes two loaves), and about a cup of coarsely chopped walnuts when you are stirring it up. If you want a sweeter bread, add 1/2 C of honey also. Carob is high in calcium. This makes a nutritious, yummy bread.
PS You can buy these seeds(and carob by the pound or 5-25# bag!) by the 1-5# bags from Azure Standard, a company in Oregon based in a farm that ships great food all over the country. You meet the truck or it is delivered to a neighborhood family’s garage for pick-up. More info online. No more expensive tiny cans from the supermarket! By buying in bulk you will feel great “abundance mentality” with plenty of seed in your larder. Store in the freezer to keep them at their freshest.
If you invent a great bread that you family enjoys,please share with us. Email it to me on WhEatRight and I will publish it here in the recipe section. –and Happy Baking!