Wednesday, December 14, 2011

POLKA-DOTTED BREAD

What kid doesn’t like polka dots? Chia seeds give this bread its playful dots and interesting texture. The little seeds pop in your mouth like poppy seeds. However, unlike poppy seeds, chia is the richest non-marine whole food source of Omega-3 and dietary fiber currently known to man. Who would have thought those little specks could be fun and healthy? Bob’s Red Mill packages chia seeds, and I found them in my local grocery store in the “healthy” section. I didn’t have to go to a specialty store to get them. Additionally, this bread has flax meal, which acts as a binding agent and also lends some additional Omega-3 to the mix. This bread should rise really high and be light and airy when done. It is a favorite in our household, and I make a few loaves a week.

Ingredients:
1 cup almond or coconut milk
2 Tbs. flax meal
4 Tbs. water
2 Tbs. Earth Balance (butter substitute)
3 cups bread flour
¼ cup raw sugar
¾ tsp. sea salt
¼ cup chia seeds
2 ½ tsp. active dry yeast
¼ cup uncooked oats
 
Directions:
In a small bowl, mix flax meal with water and let stand for 10 minutes; when done, pour the congealed mixture into the bread machine. Add the milk and Earth Balance. Sprinkle the flour on top of the wet ingredients. In one corner, pour in sugar. In another corner, pour in salt. In a third corner, pour in chia seeds. Dig a little well in the middle of the flour and pour the yeast into the well. Cook according to the bread machine directions. Once the dough is finished mixing and the bread starts to rise, sprinkle the oats on the top. Enjoy hot or cold.

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