Monday, June 16, 2008
--Five-Grain Cinnamon Bread
Five-Grain Cinnamon Bread
The Only Bake Sale Cookbook You’ll Ever Need Copyright 2008
½ cup whole wheat flour
½ cup unbleached all-purpose flour
½ cup rye flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon I used 1 tsp since my applesauce was plain
½ cup rolled oats I used mostly old-fashioned oats with some quick oats
½ cup oat bran
½ cup golden raisins I only had regular raisins
3 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 cup honey
1 cup sweetened cinnamon applesauce I used plain applesauce
½ cup low-fat milk
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9x5x2 ½-inch loaf pan with baking spray.
2. Sift the flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl. Add the oats, oat bran, and raisins and stir to incorporate thoroughly. Whisk together the egg whites, honey, applesauce, and milk in a small bowl until well mixed. Add the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring until just moist. Do not overmix.
3. Spoon the batter into the loaf pan and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until golden brown and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then remove from the pan to cool completely before slicing.
Makes 1 loaf (10 to 12 slices).
I checked this book out of the library on Saturday and I was perusing it for a recipe to make to bring to work. However, this recipe caught my eye, even though I didn't think it would appeal to the guys at work, it appealed to me. I knew I had everything to make it. I haven't been using up my grains as fast as I should be so the chance to use up some of my rye flour and oat bran was something I couldn't pass up. It uses a lot of honey but I buy the large jug from Costco. Honey is (if there have been no drastic changes) one of those items I can get at Costco for much, much less than the grocery store. Last time I purchased it, the 5 pound jug was under $8.
You know that nothing has been wowing me lately but this wowed me. Sliced and spread with a bit of light butter, it was just so moist and delicious. I don't think I could have stopped myself from consuming quite a bit of this if I didn't have gestational diabetes. You can really taste the honey which I liked even though I'm really not a huge fan of the straight out flavor of honey. I wouldn't want to lose that flavor but I wonder if I could do half honey, half agave nectar.
I don't know if this would be a big bake sale item though. I never would have looked at it and thought it would be so good. People might buy it because it sounds healthy and then they'll be pleasantly surprised that it's delicious too.
Blast From The Past: Oatmeal Raisin Pancakes with Cinnamon Sour Cream from February 2008. The flavors in this bread reminded me of those pancakes.
Question of the Day: Would something like this catch your eye at a bake sale?