One of my favourite things to do to unwind after a long day (ahem, or while I'm "listening so intently" in class) is flipping through my cookbooks (/baking books) or browsing through a variety of baking blogs.
I don't really discriminate: I love looking at pictures of/and recipes for bright pink cupcakes decorated with edible sparkles just as much as a kale salad spiced with basil-infused olive oil. Yeah, those both sounds good, amiright?
Well, one of my favourite food blogs is My New Roots. This is one of the healthier sources of flair for my baking, cooking, and lifestyle choices. The photos are beautiful and the recipes are inspiring. I mean, as much as I LOVE CAKE, I equally fit into my life veggies, fruits, weird nut pastes, and, well, the royal chick pea.
When I saw this bread, I knew I had to make it.
I tried it once, and it didn't work out too well for me... but, when I tried again (with a few tweaks from the original recipe) it turned out perfectly. It isn't your average loaf of bread, but it's freaking delicious.
"Life Changing Loaf of Bread" - What you need:
(Very slightly adapted from My New Roots)
- 3/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup squash (or pumpkin) seeds
- 1/2 cup flax seeds
- 1/2 cup whole hazelnuts
- 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 4 tablespoons psyllium seed husks
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, lightly melted
- 1 1/2 cups water
"Life Changing Loaf of Bread" - What you do:
In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients together.
Add the maple syrup, coconut oil, and water to the mixture, combine well.
Line a loaf pan with parchment paper so that you can easily remove the loaf during the baking process. This is the step I added to the original recipe, and it greatly facilitates the whole bread making task.
Allow the bread to sit at room temperature for at least two hours, or even overnight.
The bread is ready to bake when you can pull the whole loaf away from the parchment paper without the bread losing its loaf shape.
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius.
Once preheated, bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
After 20 minutes, take the loaf out of the oven and then flip it directly on to the baking rack and continue to bake for another 35 to 40 minutes.
Again - adding the parchment paper here helps a lot in the bread flipping process!
After baking, cool the bread completely before slicing.