Tried a new idea today: to add cooked quinoa and soaked oats in a homemade bread recipe.
This is what you need:
1 cup steel cut oats
Cooked quinoa (follow the link below on how to cook quinoa. For this recipe you will have to cook 1 cup raw quinoa, which turns out to be about 3 cups of cooked quinoa)
3 cups warm water
3 tsp instant active yeast
3 tsp sugar
3 tsp salt
1/2 cup canola oil (or olive oil)
6 cups whole wheat flour
more or less 3 cups unbleached all-purpose white flour
If your quinoa is already cooked, great. If not, follow this link on how to cook quinoa.
It takes about 20 minutes to cook quinoa, plus 10 minutes cooling it. You don’t want to put steaming hot quinoa into your bread mixture since it could kill the yeast.
While the quinoa is cooking, take 1 cup steel cut oats and soak them in 1 cup boiling water. Let it stand until quinoa is ready and you begin mixing all ingredients.
Once the quinoa is ready and cooled, take 3 cups of warm water. It needs to be comfortably warm, shouldn’t sting your hand.
Add 3 tsp of instant active yeast
Mix it with a spoon
Add 3 tsp sugar
Add 3 tsp salt
Add 1/2 cup oil
Add the oats
Add whole wheat flour. Now don’t add all the 6 cups at once. Add 4 first. Let it mix.
Add the 5th cup and pour some olive oil
Add 6th cup and pour some olive oil
From now on add white flour, 1/2 at a time, always followed by a little bit of olive oil.
The dough will still be sticky. That’s the way whole wheat bread dough is. Now if you pour a little more olive oil on the dough and you are able to handle it with your hand like you see in the picture, the dough is ready.
Put the dough back in the mixing bowl and cover it with a towel.
Turn the oven on for 3 mintes. Turn it off. Place the covered dough in the oven and let it stand there for 1 hour. You are not baking the bread here. the dough needs to rise, so leave it alone for one hour. However, the dough will grow better if it’s environment is warm. That’s why you need to slightly warm up the oven.
After 1 hour is over, take the dough and form it into buns.
First coat some baking sheets with canola oil.
Grab an amount of dough and squeeze the dough through your index finger and thumb, pluck it off and place it into the baking sheet. This takes some practice, so don’t get frustrated!!
Once the buns are all on the baking sheet, they need to raise more. Put the baking sheets into the oven, don’t turn it on yet, and leave them in there for about 45 minutes.
After 45 minutes, turn the oven on to 350F. Let them bake for about 25 minutes. Then you need to rotate the baking sheets.
Let them bake for another 10 to 15 minutes. Depending on your oven, the buns who started on the bottom could be already done. If they are golden brown on the top and on the bottom, certainly they will be done.
They are delicious as a simple sandwich or with Nutela!!!!