Saturday, 21 May 2011

Potato Walnut Bread



Potato Walnut Bread

With a dark crunchy crust and a moist inside this bread is rich in nutrition, texture, fiber . As it contains potato walnuts and whole wheat flour , it doesn't rise as high as say any white flour ( maida ) bread does .One reason is that potatoes are considerably lower in gluten than wheat , which results in a dense bread . I used a 9 X 9 size pan . To get a taller bread go with the loaf pans .

2 Cups All Purpose White Flour ( maida ) .
2 Cups Wheat Bran .
200 Grams Mashed Potato .
100 Grams Walnuts .
1 Cup Yogurt .
1 Sachet Yeast ( 7 grams ) .
1 Teaspoon salt .
1 Teaspoon Sugar .
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil .
4 - 6 Tablespoons Chives ( Optional - a good option ! )
4-5 Tablespoons Oats ( optional )
100 Ml Warm Water .

Mix the yeast , sugar in 100 ml warm water , cover and set aside , it should lightly bubble in 10 minutes which indicates that your yeast is alive .
Meanwhile roast the walnuts for 4-5 minutes , cool and break - but not fine.Next mix all the ingredients apart from the oats , knead for about 15 minutes , place in a suitable oiled bowl , cover and let it rise - 1 hour . Do this in your oven where temperature is set to 25C .
Or if using the bread maker run on the dough cycle .

When dough has risen ( 1 hour ) take it out , you may need to knead in additional flour , that's normal . When done , spread the oats on a dry surface , oil your palms and roll the dough over the oats , make a ball / roll** long which should be somewhat coated with the oats . Place in the greased baking dish and set to rise again as you did earlier , another hour .( ** The shape your final dough depends upon your baking dish )
Now preheat oven to 250C , on the lowest level place a pan of water which should be lightly bubbling when you put in your baking dish - not directly under the pan of water . ( middle rack ) . Bake 25 minutes , reduce heat to 170C and continue baking 20 minutes . Take out , cool . Cut like you would a brownie and enjoy this delicious nutty crunchy bread !

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