Chocolate Multi-grain Mini Loaf

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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2/3 cups bread flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Quinoa
  • 2 Tablespoons Oats
  • 1 teaspoon vital wheat gluten (optional)
  • 3 Tablespoons raw sugar or equivalent
  • 1.5 teaspoons active yeast
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder (2 Tbsp gives a mild chocolate flavor)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Organic olive oil.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Cacao nibs(optional)

Directions

Add the yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar to 2 Tablespoons warm water and mix well. Let stand for 10 minutes or until frothy.

Boil the remaining water( about 1/3 cup) and add rinsed quinoa to it. Cook until done, about 10 minutes. All of the water might not be absorbed.

In a blender, blend the quinoa and oats and sugar for a quick pulse to get a coarse mix. You can skip this step and add quinoa and oats directly to the dough to get grainy texture.

In a bowl add whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup bread flour, wheat gluten, cinnamon and salt and mix.

Add in the yeast mixture, oil and oat+quinoa+ sugar/sweetener and mix to combine.

Add 1/3 cup water at a time and Knead the dough for 8-10 minutes, scraping sides every 2-3 minutes if using a stand mixer. Add more flour or water in little quantities if needed. Keep the dough soft and not too sticky.

Some fun ways to knead the dough and build gluten!... beat it... yes beat it with a rolling pin, scrape up and beat again, or pound and punch it... or even better, flour your hands well and pick up and throw on the counter.. scrape and reshape every few throws.. in 3-4 minutes, the dough will start to get elastic and less sticky.! gluten!

Spritz the top of dough with some oil spray. Place dough in a covered container in a warm place for 1.5 hours.

Punch it lightly. For mini loaf pans, divide dough into 2 parts. Knead and shape into a loaf by pulling on all sides, or by rolling it out into a rectangle and rolling the rectangle from one side and tucking the other edge under like a jelly roll. You can add some cacao nibs or vegan chocolate chips in it at this point before shaping into a loaf. I dint add any this time.

Place loaf in greased mini bread pans. Spritz the top with water and then spritz a little oil spray, and cover with damp towel.

Place it in a warm place or warm oven for 50 minutes.

Remove towel, spritz top with some water, sprinkle some oats and bake at preheated 350 degrees F for 25 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow. (35 minutes if baking one bigger loaf).

Remove bread from pan and let cool for an hour.

Slice and enjoy as is!