Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Whole Wheat Orange Bread (Vegan)

I have a confession to make. I was so proud of the fact that I had not bought a single loaf of bread from the store for almost 6 1/2 years. That is not true anymore. I have been so busy with work and other stuff that I ended up buying bread couple of times last month. When I was looking at the ingredients (I picked up the loaf with minimum number of ingredients and that I could read and understand), one of the ingredient was vinegar. In the parenthesis,  they had mentioned 'as preservative'. I was kind of surprised. I never thought that few TBSP of vinegar in a bread loaf can actually make it stay soft for longer. So, I have been wanting to experiment on those lines. Since vinegar is an acid and any citrus juice is similar to it, I used orange juice in this bread recipe. I added a little bit of baking soda to help make it soft since this 100 % whole wheat flour bread does not have any vital wheat gluten added. Perfect for those who live in a place where you cannot get vital wheat gluten. Loaf is darker since my whole wheat flour is a bit darker in color. Don't worry about the orange taste in the bread. You will not be able to taste it at all. In fact, orange juice kind of makes the whole wheat flour taste better.
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Whole Wheat Flour - 3 1/2 cups (Start with 3 1/4 cups and use more if needed)
Orange Juice - 1/2 cup fresh or 100 % juice without added sugar
Salt - 1 tsp
Molasses - 2 TBSP
Oil - 2 TBSP
Water - 3/4 cup
Active dry yeast - 2 1/2 tsp  (Or use 2 tsp instant yeast)
Baking Soda - 1/2 tsp

To brush before baking: (Optional)
Non dairy milk - 2 tsp
Oil - 1 tsp

Warm the water and orange juice mixture in a microwave. 

To make dough using Bread machine:
Place the ingredients in the order of oil, orange juice and water mixture, salt, molasses, whole wheat flour, baking soda, yeast and start on dough setting. Let the cycle complete.

To make dough by hand:
Refer to this post.

To bake:
Shape the dough into a loaf. Grease a 9 X 5 loaf pan with vegetable oil spray. Place the shaped dough in the pan. Cover with oiled plastic wrap and let it rise above the rim of the pan (about 40 minutes or more). Towards the end of the rise time, preheat the oven to 375 F. Brush the loaf with the mixture of milk and oil if desired. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Rotate the pan and reduce the temperature to 350 F. Bake for 10 - 15 minutes or until the internal temperature registers 190 - 200 F. Or the loaf sounds hollow when tapped at the bottom. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Remove from the pan to cool on the wire rack completely.

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  1. Hi Champa, you got to be kidding if you are telling me that you have not bought bread in 6 years. WoW! that takes a lot of dedication and work on your part. I really admire your effort. The orange bread looks good. What would you do to get the orange taste in the bread, because I love orange bread. I was thinking you need to add some candied oranges or something. What do you think?

    1. Thanks Srimathi, That is so sweet of you to say that. If you want more pronounced orange flavor, you can add about a TBSP of orange zest and increase the orange juice up to a cup. That should give a lot of flavor. I have not used candied orange peel, but you could add that too.

  2. Great idea....the pics look lovely

  3. Love citrus flavor,looks so yummy and soft

  4. A differnt bread champa. love the addition of orange juice.

  5. Am bookmarking this bread to try soon,well done Champa..

  6. Replies
    1. You could use honey or maple syrup or corn syrup.

  7. Any substitute for the orange juice!? Currently out atm >_<

    1. You could use any other citrus juice. If using lime or lemon, use only half of it and top it with water. You could use apple cider vinegar too. Half that and half water.

  8. Softest whole wheat bread ever! Yum!


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