- Sourdough starter - 1 cup (I didn't use the fed starter. Just room temperature starter before feeding)
- Whole wheat flour - 2 - 2 1/4 cups
- Vital wheat gluten - 2 TBSP
- Sugar - 2 TBSP
- Warm water - 1 cup
- Salt - 1 1/2 tsp
- Sunflower seeds - 1/4 cup
- Quinoa - 1/4 cup
- Water for cooking Quinoa - 1/4 cup
In a microwave safe bowl, take quinoa and add 1/4 cup of water. Microwave for 3 minutes. Let it come to room temperature. You could soak quinoa in water over night and skip this microwaving if you prefer. In a bowl, take starter, warm water, sugar, salt and slowly start adding flour and vital wheat gluten. Don't be tempted to add too much flour since this dough is sticky. Add the microwaved Quinoa with its water if any is left in the bowl and incorporate it. Knead with lightly floured hands for about 5 - 8 minutes. Add sunflower seeds and incorporate it to the dough. Place in an oiled bowl and cover with a clean kitchen towel and let it rise. After an hour, lift the dough from the sides and just fold on top. Let it rise for half an hour more. After half an hour, try to shape the dough into a loaf. This is very difficult without adding more flour, so I just dumped it to greased 9 X 5 pan and smoothed the top. Cover with a greased aluminum foil and place it in a warm place to rise for about 2 hours.
Towards the end the 2 hours, preheat the oven to 400 F. (I was using dark pan. If you are using aluminum pan, use 425 F). Place a shallow dish in the bottom most rack in the oven. When the oven is ready, pour hot water into the shallow pan and place the bread loaf pan in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, remove the loaf pan and the shallow dish. Return the loaf pan covered loosely with an aluminum foil to the oven. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 F ( 400 in case of aluminum pan) and bake for another 5 - 10 minutes or till the bread looks brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Cool on the wire rack and slice when completely cool.
The bread was awesome and guess what? there isn't a drop of oil in this.
This loaf of bread is on its way to Madhuram's 'Whole Grain Baking - Quinoa' and to susan's 'Yeastspotting'.
Some of the terms look confusing? Don't worry, my next post is about all you need to know about 'Bread Baking'. Stay tuned for that post soon.
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