Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Wholegrain Loaf

Made quite a couple of breads during the last chinese new year holidays and infact bread is actually something i bake every week. Thought that i havent posted sort of a multigrain loaf before so this is it. Not long ago, a friend asked me about baking bread using a breadmaker machine because she was considering of getting one. Well i did not use the breadmaker machine to make this loaf, but just suddenly thought of that conversation. I do think breadmaker machine is a very very helpful appliance if we want to have homemade bread and especially if you are not a keen baker, busy and do not want to go through the hassle of kneading and shaping the dough, i find it's worth the investment. I do have one at home, i use it once in a while during my lazy days.. i need not watch the time to check my dough and  also i think there are a lot of breadmaker machines that come with a timer that you can set the time when you want the bread to be ready..very convenient.

Okay, this is a simple loaf using straight dough method , putting in what i want to put in. It is a small loaf, i did not want to put in too much seeds or grains in the dough as i'm  a little afraid that it might weigh down my dough, a good sandwich bread.

made this simple sandwich the next day, spread with butter and top with ham, lettuce, cheese and tomato.

I used a 23cmx11cmx11cm baking tin
200gm wholemeal flour
50gm hi protein flour
2 tbsps sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp instant yeast
1 1/2 tbsp rolled oats
1 tbsp flaxseed
1/2 tbsp spelt flakes
1/2 tbsp toasted wheatgerm
water 170gm
cold butter 15gm
some sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, instant oats for sprinkling on top

1. Put all of the above ingredients except water and butter into your mixing bowl , use a fork to give them a good mix. Using dough hook on electric mixer, pour in water little by little till a dough is formed. Keep on beating for another 5 minutes, add in butter and continue beating for another 15 minutes till dough is smooth.
2. Transfer to a lightly floured surface, shape into a ball and let proof till double its size.
3. Divide dough into 3 equal portions, shape them into round again and let rest for another 10 minutes.
4. Shape each roll into a rectangle and roll it back like a swiss roll, do the same for the rest of the 2 rolls and let them proof in a greased baking tin for another 45 minutes .
5. Bake in a preheated oven at 200C for about 30 minutes


  1. Nice looking bread.. definitely a very healthy and delicious one too..

  2. WOW !!! It's one of the most GORGEOUS wholegrain bread I've seen yet ! Love all the grains and seeds ! Two thumbs up for not using the bread maker , I've been itching hee hee to buy one actually :P :D Throw that beautiful sandwich over here , please ? hahaha

  3. Lena.... Your wholegrain loaf looks good and yummy . I like the last picture :) Healthy eating :)

    My bread books arrived yesterday!!!! ' Healthy Bread In Five Minutes A Day' and ' Artisan Bread In Five Minutes A Day' both came at the same time :)))) Can't wait to see how it turns out without having to knead and the wet dough can last for a 14 days in the fridge !

  4. Looking at your last photo makes me feel like I'm "dreaming" to eat this delicious and wholesome sandwich...Everything look so fresh and delicious. I'll be happy to have such a "dream" :D

  5. Lena, my husband has been requesting this kind of bread, but I was so scare that the bread wold not that I've seen yours I may be tempt to bake one with all the grains in it.
    Yours sure looks great, and so healthy.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :)

  6. I think Gardenia going to 'lipat' soon if you kept making this kind of awesome bread loaf. haha....
    Love the grains so much. Thanks for the recipe.
    Have a great day ahead.

  7. Waduh Lena...

    so tempting! aunty dah jumpa tu maple syrup and I have already decided to make homemade granola today but it seems to be postponed another day for some reason (busy),

    lena, kalau you ada bakery shop, guarantee tu kilang roti boleh bungkus tikar balik kampung.

    oh ya lena, adik Faris yang sakit tu dah pass away pagi tadi....thank you for your help lena but God loves him more...

  8. Nice nice!
    You really put in effort to make all your sandwiches. Each time, they really look deli like :)

  9. wow...your multigrain loaf look very soft and moist...i like it :)

  10. My goodness, this is best sandwice on earth. Love your whole grain bread. Healthy and yummy.

  11. I can see you make this awesome, wholesome loaf without scarifying its texture. So nice, Lena!

  12. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesFebruary 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    I am still contemplating about getting breadmaker, heard that bread texture will not be as soft as hand knead, is that right? Thts a healthy bread, yours look soft...

  13. this looks like a bread right up my alley! love all the grains you're putting in! just like to ask - where did you manage to find spelt flakes?

  14. We love your wholegrain bread - it looks rustic and noshy!

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  15. Home made material including the bun must be healthy and taste nice too. I love it.

  16. this looks so healthy, and delicious! Love the pic of the sandwich.. seeing it makes me feel like taking a bite of it.. (too bad it's out of reach for me =P)

  17. joyce: thank you!

    anne: ok ok catch it!

    elin: i still hvnt touched anything from that book yet :(

    zoe: dont hv to dream, make a sandwich tomorrow!

    juliana: yeah, that's why i limit the amount of grains and seeds in the bread.

    kristy: haha! "lipat" that's a good one!

    cathy: thanks cathy, love your breads too, especially your skills in scoring the bread!

    queenie: hi kak, did you see my reply back to you in the granola post? actually it's okay to omit the maple syrup but since you now have it, it's ok, happy trying! yeah, i was a lil shocked when i read your reply reg faris..had dropped by at mazidul's blog this afternoon.

    wendy: also for photography purpose so must make nicer..LOL!

    sherleen: yeah, quite soft, thanks!

    sheoh yan: best sandwich?? u overrated already !

    maureen: thanks, this is the first kind of multigrain that i made..quite happy with it.

    eileen: hmm..difficult to answer..sometimes it depends on the recipe also..that is why some people prefer to do 2 cycle on the breadmachine for kneading to get better texture. I never hand knead my breads also, all this while i'm using my ka mixer but i can tell that it's very convenient using a breadmaker. you can also just choose the dough function on the breadmaker if you like meaning it helps to mix and knead for you, then you do the shaping and bake like normal.

    janine: hi, i got them from an organic shop here.

    kristy and adma: thanks, will drop by your blog soon!

    jobless girl: hi, thanks for visiting!

    lala: ha! just make one tomorrow and if you're lazy, just go and get from the deli..

  18. Wholegrain ! Very healthy! Should try out in my bread one day. Very nice photo especially the sandwich .

  19. This looks really delicious and healthy! I love the pics!

  20. Super tempting sandwich,looks so yummy n healthy too....

  21. Your bread looks so soft and delicious! Haha, my next post is on bread! Did I mention before that great minds.....??? hehehe! Wanna take a bite off that last pic! looks yum!

  22. Oohhh looks fab! Gonna visit Simply Organic and get all the necessary ingredients soon!

  23. What a healthy looking loaf of bread, and yet so fluffy and soft too! Lovely bread!

  24. Lots of wholesome goodness there, yummy! And the texture is excellent too. Healthy is definitely the way to go...thumbs up!

  25. Lena, I'm sold! This looks so beautiful and the texture is so perfect :)

  26. This is one of the most beautiful bread loafs I have ever seen!No kidding!Congrats,dear!

  27. Lena, this looks like one recipe that I would love to keep on trying.

  28. hi lena, a loaf like this is always my favorite but at the supermarket bakery especially at yaohan's ..healthy and yummyy looking sandwich.
    happy friday and have a great weekend

  29. that's so healthy with the generous amount of whole grains you put there :)

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  30. This is my favoriate kind of loaf and yours look so beautiful and soft.

  31. wow yummy photos. i wonder what it taste like and its making me hungry promise.
    thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe of yours. looking forward for the next again :)
    have fun and take care.

  32. Hi Lena:)
    What rich bread full of fiber, I am delighted, it must be delicious!
    Kisses and good weekend.

  33. I think some people like to knead dough for relaxing or releasing stress like therapy. Look so good.

  34. This is my kind of bread! Full of fiber with wholesome goodness! Nice one, Lena.

  35. i love the sandwich photo! It looks so appetising I wanna sink my teeth into it!

  36. That's a wholesome loaf loaded with fiber and nutrients!

  37. Hi Lena, you sure one creative lady. This is really something too. I've never seen this kind of bread before. And it looks simply fantastic.
    I love bread with margarine, but your this one I'll eat plain just to enjoy it.
    Lena, you are good!
    And with all that wheat, it's a wake me up bread too. Outstanding!
    You have a great week.
    Best regards.

  38. Holy bread, Lena! Gorgeous! And brimming with flavor and nutrients. I'm still pondering a bread machine. Since there are only two of us, I want to make sure I make the right choice:)

    Thank you so much for sharing this recipe...

  39. this looks great! checking your other post now dear. thank you so much.

  40. Your wholegrain loaf is very tempting, especially the one made into sandwich *drooling non-stop*, a healthier version of sandwich :D

  41. Lena, healthy breads are not allowed to look so gorgeous! LOL!

  42. Your homemade bread is so wholesome and nutritious. How I wish I had homemade bread every week since I consume bread almost every day. Too bad I don't bake.

  43. absolutely breathtakingly beautiful and amazing and just utterly delicious. I mean I could eat anything on it and eat it with anything! LOL! Oh my word- you are amazing

  44. such a great looking loaf of bread - FULL of goodness - delicious
    Mary x

  45. Your wholegrain loaf certainly beats anything I've seen being sold in the shops. Bursting with goodness this is! :D

  46. Just to let you know that I baked this on two separate occasions and DH loves this bread! Thanks for sharing!