Step-by-Step Quinoa Bread (With Pictorial Details) by Kalyan Chatterjea

Incas called it “the mother grain”, quinoa is surely the “super-food”, which is found in so many recipes. I tried a quinoa bread recently and it turned out to be very tasty. The following detailed steps with pictures give you a fool-proof method to produce a healthy quinoa sandwich-bread at home. The bread is done with the help of a bread machine and an oven.

Ingredients:

  • Bread flour – 400 gm
  • Muesli – 150 gm
  • German dark rye flour – 50 gm
  • Vital wheat gluten – 1 tablespoon
  • Quinoa – 4 tablespoons
  • Water – 380 ml
  • Extra virgin olive oil – 4 tablespoons
  • Salt – 2 teaspoons
  • Molasses sugar – 2 tablespoons
  • Dry yeast – 2 teaspoons

Steps:

400 gm of strong bread flour

I usually put the ingredients in a mixing bowl and . Here 400 gm of bread flour is being measured.

I used 150 gm of roasted muesli. But you could choose any other type of muesli, which you like. I grind the muesli to mix well with the flour.

Muesli ground (not very fine)

Do not grind the muesli very fine. I use the pulse function to grind – not so fine to give some texture to the bread.

50 gm German rye flour

Adding wholemeal rye flour enhances the taste. Rye flour is high in nutrients, especially fiber and B vitamins. It may be more filling and affect blood sugar levels to a lesser extent than white or wheat breads.

One tablespoon of gluten

A tablespoon of Vital wheat gluten will make your bread fluffy. “People who are sensitive to gluten may feel better, but a larger portion will derive no significant benefit from the practice. They’ll simply waste their money because these products are expensive,” says Dr Leffler, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School! If you are not allergic to gluten, don’t go for the gluten-free option and pay more!

Four tablespoons of quinoa

Four/five tablespoons of quinoa will change the texture of the bread. Quinoa seeds are rich in protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, and dietary minerals in amounts greater than in many grains (Wikipedia).

Two teaspoons of dry yeast

I mix the yeast with the bread-mix before I put the mix in the bread-maker.

Manual mixing before putting in the bread-maker

I don’t trust the bread-maker for mixing. So, I do manual mixing in a big bowl before I put the mix in the Kenwood bread-maker. I do manual mixing for a good five minutes.

380 ml of water and four tablespoons of olive oil

Put 380 ml water in the bread bin (of the bread-maker). Add four tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Add 2 tablespoons of molasses sugar (just using the bottle of Panjabi Shakkar for storage). The sugar is actually from Mauritius. Also, add 2 teaspoons of table salt.

Adding water, olive oil, salt and molasses sugar
Transferring the mix into the bread pan

Now transfer the mix to the bread-bin slowly using a large spoon.

Select dough-cycle (1h 30m)

Put the bread-bin in the bread-maker and select ‘dough’ cycle (It is selection 10 in the Kenwood machine). The time shown is 1hr 30 min. But usually the dough is ready much earlier.

First rise complete

The dough was ready in one hour ten minutes.

Dough taken out from the bread pan
Dividing the dough into two equal parts

Divide the dough into two equal parts.

Fold the dough and put into two bread pans

Don’t take out the air while folding the dough and carefully put dough in two bread pans.

Second rise in the oven

Set the oven temperature to 37oC. Put a moist cloth to provide a humid environment during the second rise in the oven. This would normally take about 1.5 hours.

After the second rise

Now set the temperature to 190oC and start baking. Usually, it takes about 30 minutes of baking at this temperature.

The two loaves are ready!
A slice of soft quinoa bread.

Enjoy!

Breakfast idea with Quinoa bread as base!
Done on a Lodge deep skillet – the extra heat from the cast iron fries the bread well!
Quinoa bread at the bottom, two large eggs, ham & cheese slices, cherry tomatoes, coriander leaves, fresh chillis and oregano herbs sprinkled on top.
Toasted sandwich
Ham sandwich

Published by kalyansg

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