31 March 2008

Mixed Herbs Wholemeal Bread - Another self creation

This is another item on my to do list. I had wanted to make a 100% healthy and tasty bread that smells like foccacia (another item on my to-do-list too).



I don't have a ready recipe, so I had to use my "imagination" and my limited understandstanding and experience in bread making to come out with this recipe. For the health conscious bunch of us.



Mixed Herbs Wholemeal Bread

Ingredients

Bread flour 200g
Wholemeal flour 100g
Milk powder 10g
Sugar 20g
Salt 5g
Yeast 4g
*Mixed Herbs 2 & 1/2 tsp
Water 165g
Olive oil 30g (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil)

Method
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix all dry ingrdients (except mixed herbs) together.
2. Add in the water and olive oil to form a dough.
3. Move the dough to your working top and knead it for 2-3 minutes. Add in the mixed herbs and continue kneading to a smooth and elastic dough.
4. Round the dough into a ball and leave in a greased bowl, covered with damp towel or cling wrap, to proof till double in size.
5. When proofing is done, roll out dough and divide into 3 portions.
6. Roll each portion swiss roll style and leave them in your bread tin for second proofing till about 1 cm below the rim of the tin.
7. Baked in preheated oven at 180°C (covered tin) or 175°C (uncovered tin) for 30 mins.

Note:
* I bought the mixed herbs from Phoon Huat. It contains dried Rosemary, Summer Savoury, Basil, Thyme, Oregano, Marjoram and other spices and herbs.




The bread is soft and smells fantastic! I hope you'll like it as much as I do.


Mood: satisfied

19 comments:

Rei said...

WF, I want to try this but think I have to make small batches.

KWF said...

rei, no one likes herb in your family? I told dh this is the most healthy bread I've made for him so far. You know what he told me, pass the healthy test, but don't pass the $ test. ;<

Anonymous said...

wf, wow, another creative success of yours. You're my inspiration when it comes to bread making. I tried making the yoghurt bread today, but it was unsuccessful. so sad. I knead with my VM dry blade, but I still don't really know how to use it. The ball of dough didn't get kneaded, only the bottom part near the blade gets kneaded. How do you make sure the whole ball is kneaded evenly? ALso because I'm not good at kneading with hands, my bread sort of like turns out like kueh, not fluffy at all even tho it did double in size. How I wish I can knead until membrane stage like you. You're really my idol.

Vivien

ting said...

wf, i'm amazed by the wonderful bread you make *envious! haha great job :)

Rei said...

WF, yup, no one likes except moi... ahahah.. the mixed herbs expensive?

Eunice said...

ooh i looooooove this!! LOL you husband is so cute. but a little more $ is better than trying to repair your body with $ later right? :)

I salute your bread powers!

gina said...

WF, I thot the mixed herbs is for the Italian Bread? :) and the herb butter?

KWF said...

Vivien, glad I was able to inspire you and pls don't give up yet. If you've been following my bread journey, you would have seen my first few breads, all failures!

I started the yogurt bread with my VM. You're right to say that VM only kneads the bottom of the dough, due to the nature of the blender. Try using the wet cup (I didn't use the dry cup) coz the blade is different. To ensure the dough is kneaded properly, this is what I always do. After kneading the dough till it doesn't seem to move much (or it just keeps rotating), I'll stop the machine & use a tall metal spoon to give the dough a good stir. Move the dough at the bottom up and push the dough at the top down. Then knead the dough again (remember to remove the spoon). Repeat this process as many times as you can endure...hahaha... sounds tedious right? But to get a better loaf, must put in some hard work loh. Try again and let me know if your dough improves.

For manual kneading, you can follow the video in my blog. It's pretty helpful.

KWF said...

ting, thanks! :)

rei, I don't think the mixed herbs is very exp, maybe a few dollars.

eunice, I love your $ comparison! Must show this to him man! And I salute your cake powers, all so lovely!

gina, italian bread? hmm...soon...hahaha...the herb butter, I intend to use fresh herbs. The ones I bought are dried ones. Can use in herb butter too?

Yuri said...

wow wf, will definitely try the wholemeal bread cos my parents eat this bread! i'm slowly finding the "steam" to get back to backing :p hopefully...

KWF said...

yuri, if your parents love herbs, they'll love this bread. Otherwise try reducing the amount of herbs by 1 tsp. Let me know if they like it. :)

Anonymous said...

wf, thanks for yr encouragement. Today I baked the wholemeal bread. I hand kneaded the dough, very easy to handle, and the bread turned out soft and nice. Thank you for the recipe.
I buy my bread flour in bulk, but much cheaper. Left the contact at KC.
vivien

KWF said...

Thanks vivien, saw the contact.

^cherie said...

Hi there!

Got to your blog recently.. ;)

I tried baking this bread of yours today and guess what?

It was heavenly!!!!!!!!!!!!

The smell [i used fresh rosemary which i snipped off from my mini garden], the texture, the softness. I could almost fly. Haha.

The only adaption which i did was to brush the top of the bread with some olive oil before i sent it in for baking. I love crusty crust you see.. ;)

I definitely prefer this to any other white bread anytime!

Healthy and super yummy. Thank you soooooooooo much for sharing. Really appreciate it :D

KWF said...

hi cherie, thanks for dropping by. Glad you like the bread. This is the most healthy and most tasty (aroma wise) bread I've made so far. ;)

Yuri said...

hi wf, i made this bread! Smells heavenly when it was baking and yes, I reduced the amount of mixed herbs. Have to find out how my parents like it.

may I copy the recipe and post on my blog? I used the breadmachine for the entire process :)

michelle said...

Your Mixed Herbs Wholemeal Bread really look very soft. I like to bake wholemeal bread and I notice after kneading, the texture is not as smooth as plain bread. Your recipe ask to knead till smooth and elastic. Please advice. Thank you.

michelle said...

I have tried your recipe using extra virgin olive oil. i find that there is one kind of taste. This is the first time that I use olive oil.

KWF said...

Michelle, to get a softer wholemeal bread, the portion of wholemeal flour must not be too much. I usually balance with equal amount of bread flour (1:1). The more wholemeal flour you have, the shorter your loaf. The "smooth and elastic" feel of wholemeal bread will hence be slightly different from plain white bread. And yes, there'll be a certain aroma using extra virgin olive oil. Some takes a while to get used to it, but personally I love the combination of olive oil and mixed herbs.