Monday, February 25, 2013

All Whole Wheat Bread


Good day everyone and thanks for all the chinese new year wishes left on my blog for the past 2 weeks. I had enjoyed my  break but still feeling a tad lazy at the moment. Yesterday marked the end of the chinese new year celebration and i think i should get back to blogging too. Didnt really do much cooking during the holidays, this bread was made much earlier and another time again not too long before the holidays. The earlier loaf that i made did not really came out that well as I find that the crust was a little too hard. I wouldnt complain much on the density of the bread as this is a 100% whole wheat bread. You wouldnt find that it proofed as much as other white or partial wheat bread as it only uses whole wheat flour here, less spongy but nonetheless, never less tasty. I had reduced the baking time by 10 minutes the second time i made them and the bread was able to cook at 200F internally. A good finishing look, a nice crispy crust, wholesome and a good dense. I got them toasted the next day and ate them with some roasted tomatoes and feta cheese and drizzled some olive oil that came together with the feta.




Recipe ( from Nick Malgieri's Bread )
this is what i used for half the recipe, makes 1 loaf
170gms drinking water
1tsp instant yeast
230gm whole wheat flour
1tsp fine sea salt
1cup coarsely chopped walnuts
11/2 tbsp flaxseeds ( addition)

Method:
1.Pour the water into the bowl of an electric mixer and hand whisk in the yeast. Wait 30seconds and whisk again.
2.Use a rubber spatula to stir in the flour into the yeast mixture a little at a time. Make sure all the flour is mixed and there isnt any clinging to the sides of the bowl.
3.Using a dough hook, mix on the lowest speed until the dough comes together, 1-2 minutes. Stop the mixer and pull the dough away from the hook, let the dough rest for 15 minutes.
4.Increase the mixer speed to medium and sprinkle in the salt. Mix in the chopped nuts and flaxseeds and mix until the dough is smooth, 2-3 mins ( i did it for about 10mins). Scrape the dough into an oiled bowl and turn it over so that the top is oiled. Cover the bowl and let it proof, about 30mins.
5.Remove the dough from the oiled bowl to a floured surface and gently flatten the dough to a disk. Fold the two sides in to overlap in the middle, the roll the to toward you all the way to the end, like swiss roll style. Place the dough back in the bowl seamside down and cover, proof until doubled in bulk.
6. To form the dough into a boule shaped loaf, use a plastic scraper to slide it from the bowl to the floured work surface, try not to deflate the dough. Fold the edges around its perimeter into the center. Round the loaf by pushing against the bottom of the dough all around with the sides of your hands held palm upwards, the dough will quickly form an even sphere. Place the dough on the prepared pan and cover it with a piece of sprayed or oiled plastic wrap and let the dough rest , until it starts to puff again, about 30-45mins.
7.Set the rack in the middle level of the oven and preheat to 230C. When the dough is ready to bake, generously spray it with water and place the pan in the oven. After 5 mins, spray the loaf again, then reduce the oven temperature to 218C, bake until well risen and deep golden and the internal temp reads 200F on an instant temperature, 20-30 mins. ( i baked mine for 23 mins )
8.Cool the loaf on a rack. Keep the bread loosely covered at room temperature on the day it's baked. Wrap and freeze for longer storage. Reheat at 170C for 5 mins and cool before serving.

And here are some random photos taken during the last 2-3 festive weeks.

Made some cookies and lemon curd to giveaway..
meeting up with the pretty bloggers in taiping...from left...Yan, Angeline and Yvonne

Cekur or fresh sand ginger (沙姜)to be used as dipping for steamed chicken
making peanuts biscuits on the spot at the market..

north indian food...not a bad idea to have after  days of chinese food

Linking this post to
Bake Your Own Bread ( BYOB) hosted by Roxana
Recipe Box #35 hosted by Bizzy Bakes

63 comments:

  1. Happy Chap Goh Meh lena...

    you pandai makan cekur ker? first time tengok Chinese tunjuk gambar cekur ni....:)

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    1. hello kak, i tak pandai makan cekur, hanya beberapa kali saja. I hanya tahu orang makan ayam dengan cekur ini, banyak dekat pasar hari itu.

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  2. Welcome back! I am sure you had a wonderful CNY break..you also pandai use cekur to dip with steamed chicken huh..i have a small pot of cekur at the backyard..hehehe..

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  3. oh ya, sorry forgot about your healthy bread, no wonder you are so slim, sure eating a lot of this kind of healthy bread.

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    1. haha!i think i shld eat more of these bread :)

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  4. Hi Lena, I also just started to post today after two weeks rest. Your bread looks very healthy, wish I can have a slice :)

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    1. thanks, ann. I've been quite lazy and so slow catching up with all of you :)

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  5. What a lovely bread with so little ingredients. Love your lemon curd as gifts!

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    1. hi emily, thank you! how was your new year?

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  6. Look who's back in business! Very nice Wholewheat loaf ya...a good detox food to flush out all the fatty stuff eaten during CNY! Bookmark! Ai ya, I'm suppose to post today too, but still slouching on the sofa...how!! Lol!

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    1. LOL!! the culprit is the bom bom buns!!you better get rid of those buns quick!!

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  7. Yums!! Hey, the North Indian food look delish. Which restaurant is that? BTW, have you tried the Yemen/Arabic restaurant near the Kinta Riverfront hotel? They serve pretty good food, especially their huge bread to be eaten with hummus. We ate there during CNY. I told Shirl about it :D

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    1. pakeeza. you know there's a new restaurant in town, tandoori grill..wanted to go there but was full. I've nvr heard it from shirl, just had tea with jane and shirl 2 days ago:D

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  8. Wah, Lena. You make me hungry with all the wonderful foods. Although I'm not into whole wheat bread but I don't mind if it has got nuts in it like yours. Looks to good to decline if you ever offer some to me la..haahaha
    After all the CNY makan, I need to go to gym doubly hard!

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    1. me also! just started morning walk 2 weeks ago!

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  9. Hi Lena,
    Welcome back!
    I have not made this bread yet, wanted to ask you again about the baking time, now I know. :)
    Your cookies and lemon curd looks wonderful! You should start selling cookies!
    The Indian food looks so good. Yes, you are right, after all the CNY goodies, I cooked an Indian curry as soon as I came back home from the holidays!

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    1. oh no, cannot sell cookies, i rather buy from you!

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  10. Hi Lena! Welcome back and good to read your post again!

    I like the roasted tomato and feta cheese toppings... oh and good olive oil!

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    1. yea, seeing what you cook, i also think you will love this!

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  11. Good morning, Lena. I saw your post last night but it was 11.10pm already so I forced myself to switch off the computer & go to sleep instead. And when I got up this morning, I was so happy to see 2 lovely messages from you! This whole meal bread comes in the right timing for all of us, I think after eating so much before & during the CNY. I like the peanut biscuits. Wah, the 3 bakers are working in the same company? As you could see in my photos last night, I only managed to meet up an Ipoh friend for 1.5hours. Had dim sum at Foh San & after that she took me to a baking shop to buy some chiffon pans. It was raining quite heavily too, bad weather!

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    1. yes, the three friendly bakers are from the same company. First time meeting them. From your photos, you were like touring the whole of malaysia! haha! hope i can meet you when i go sydney !

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  12. Yea, Lena's back to business
    Introducing her whole wheat bread
    One for the health-conscious
    To eat with their favorite spread
    Any more for me, your give-away?
    Peace be with you each coming day

    Bye! Take care!

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    1. yes! eat this healthy bread
      better than going on a blind date
      sorry, no more give away
      but your request has been noted here
      unless you cant wait and want to pay
      then u dont hv to wait till next year :D

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  13. can i use your recipe on a bread maker instead?

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    1. you can still dump everything in and let the bread maker do all the work but i'm afraid that the results wont be the same. otherwise, you can try putting it to dough setting and just let the machine do the kneading and resting part till step 5 and then do manually from there onwards.

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  14. What a healthy meal, Lena!! No wonder you were missing in action here.. :) So you met up with the Taiping beauties already.. I hope to meet them up one day too.. :)

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    1. yea claire..i've hvnt been blogging for the past 2 weeks and now slowly catching up with all the blogs.

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  15. such a healthy bread esp after taken too much heavy stuff during the festival.

    i like the lemon curd, if so happen we got chance to meet up, i also want a bottle ya, hahaha!

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  16. Love the rustic looking bread. And cheers to a wonderful snaky year ahead!

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    1. thanks, ade! wishing you a wonderful snake year too !

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  17. Lena , I want some of that pretty delicious lemon curd :D Oh ! Just throw in some of that healthy and nutritious wheat bread as well lol

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    1. haha! ..i really i cld do that :)))

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  18. Lena, this type of bread is much healthier for us but kids don't like it so much. Now I have a rough idea what is cekur after looking at your photo. Eh, how you stay so slim, ah?

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    1. yea, i think probably kids will prefer fluffy bread and sweet bread. I dont see cekur in the market very often, but that day, just a few days before new year, there were a lot in the market...blog more and sleep less...LOL!

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  19. Hi Lena wow this bread looks so good! So healthy too.

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  20. Hello Lena from the other side of the world! Hope you had a lovely holiday. So good to have you back. Your bread looks wonderful. I'm imagining an avocado sandwich with some of your roasted tomatoes, a slice of havarti cheese and some basil aioli, mmm mmm mmm!

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  21. Hi Lena,

    Welcome back! I do feel a little lonely blogging without you. Nice to know that you had a nice and relaxing break :D

    This wholewheat bread looks wonderful but funny that it needs drinking water in its recipe... Funny if we use undrinkable water to make our bread? :p Just being silly...

    Zoe

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    1. zoe, you miss me? hehe..

      it supposed to be tap water at 75F but just i didnt bother to do that..so it's just plain water :D

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  22. whole wheat bread is so hard to make and get right and you did a phenomenal job and it looks delicious

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  23. Thanks again for the lemon curd and CNY cookies. I have finished all the cookies 70% by myself, I still half bottle of lemon curd in my fridge. I plan to finish off tomorrow. All taste so good, Lena.

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    1. glad to hear that, Yan. You make crab sticks for me next year ya!

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  24. This is such a beautiful and healthy loaf. I'm always afraid to use 100% wholegrain cos I'm afraid it'll be too hard. Seems like yours came out pretty nicely. :)

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    1. thanks, amy. The first loaf came out a little hard but the 2nd time was much much better, good.

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  25. Hi Lena,
    Nice to have you back.
    Agree with Zoe, it's kinda lonely with out you :p

    Your whole wheat bread looks great.
    I would like to try to bake this too.
    By the way how does it taste like?
    mui

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    1. thanks, doreen. Taste like whole wheat bread lor..haha!

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  26. Hi Lena....glad to see you blogging again. I like the look of this bread so much it prompted me to bake one too. As I type right now, the dough is churning in the bread machine that i was given by a friend a while back but too lazy to bake in it cos too lazy to read instructions! Hope it turn out well (fingers crossing) :)

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    1. i hope it turned out well for you, jeannie!

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  27. Welcome back! I love making my own bread but haven't had much success with wholewheat before, I want to try again now.

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    1. i am sure you will hv better luck this time :)

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  28. Lena, this is such a beautiful wheat mixed loaf. Love the texture so very much. Gosh, you're getting pro here.
    And you seems having so much fun during the CNY.
    However, enjoy & have a lovely weekend dear.
    Kristy

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  29. hi kristy, thanks a lot!still very lazy to blog :D

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  30. You posted our photo ♥

    Wait till you see what I do with the delicious lemon curb, hehehe~

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  31. Look at all the exotic fruits! Black purple and red pineapples...so unusual!
    Your wholewheat bread boule looks wholesome.

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  32. I have been bakin breads for some time even though I have the bread maker at home. Time to start...and to savour the yummy smell...and taste.

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