Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Alive Sprouted Wheat Bread



This recipe is very similar to the Essene Raisin Bread recipe on this blog. Try this Alive Sprouted Bread if you don't care for raisins. It is wonderful slathered with salted organic butter. Do store this moist bread in the refrigerator. It also freezes well.

Sprouted wheat is much healthier for you than just regular whole wheat flour, however, this is not a gluten-free recipe.


ALIVE SPROUTED WHEAT BREAD Recipe:

2 c. organic red winter wheat

Soak the wheat 6 to 8 hours. drain then rinse and drain well. Rinse and drain 3 times a day for 3 days.
When the sprout is as long as the wheat berry, drain and let the sprouts dry 3 to 6 hours before grinding (wet sprouts do not grind up as well).

Grind the wheat sprouts in a food processor, wheat-grass juicer or meat grinder. Grind to a smooth paste. Grind a second time if it is lumpy, coarse or chunky, or the bread won't work out as well.

Form the dough. With clean, oiled hands, knead the dough, folding it into itself several times. This will spread the gluten and help the bread stick together and rise better. OR You can go strait to shaping the loaves before popping them into the oven. Form balls of dough about 3-inches in diameter (you should get from 2 to 4 loaves).

Prepare a flat baking sheet. Line a baking sheet with a silicone liner or parchment paper that has been oiled with coconut oil. This bread really sticks!

Place the loaves on the prepared baking sheet. You can dust the prepared baking sheet first with sesame seeds or organic corn meal to help prevent sticking.

Now flatten and form each each dough ball to a height of about 1 1/2-inches and a diameter of about 4 to 5-inches.

Bake in a preheated 250 degree oven on the middle shelf for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. My mom bakes this bread at 200 degrees for 5 to 6 hours. choose which ever way you desire. You do not want gummy centers, too high a heat leaves it gummy inside and dries out the crust too much. This bread should be moist like brownies.


Note: For a tastier bread, you can add chopped dates, chopped nuts, raisins, nut butters, coconut, cinnamon, vanilla, etc... Just mix thoroughly into the ground sprouted wheat.


Enjoy,

Leila