Monday, September 23, 2013

Whole Wheat Beer Bread with a Bread Machine

This bread is great out of the oven, but also works well as a standard bread for toast or sandwiches.  You can't really taste the beer, but I think it helped it rise. I didn't find it as dense as other whole wheat breads I've made in the past. I'd definitely make it again. If you want to make it into rolls instead, cut and shape the dough into 16 equal pieces, and bake at 400F for about 25 minutes. 

Whole Wheat Beer Bread with a Bread Machine
adapted from this recipe

1 bottle room temp Guinness Black Lager 
1 Tbsp sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/4 C whole wheat flour
1 1/2 C light spelt flour
2 tsp yeast

1. Place ingredients in bread maker in order listed, and choose dough setting. Start machine. 
2. Once cycle is complete, turn dough out onto a floured surface and shape dough into a ball. Cut dough into two equal parts.  
3. Line a 9 by 9 inch pan with parchment paper. 
4. Shape dough into two oblong rolls that will fit next to each other in pan. Cover the pan with a clean tea towel and leave the dough to rise in a warm spot for about 1 hour or until doubled in size. 
5. Preheat the oven to 425F. 
6. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for about 40 minutes. It should sound hallow when tapped. 
7. Allow to cool slightly if you can wait. Then cut yourself a piece and enjoy it slathered with melted butter ( or something healthier if you are so inclined:)

Nutritional Information per thick slice (8 slices per loaf):

cal 140
fat 2.2 g
sat fat 0.8g
carbs 23.6g
fiber 3g
sugar 1.2g
protein 4.7g

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