olive oil bread and chia seeds in Chez GGG. I fell in love with a chia seed bread from the local bakery. I loved the ever-so-slight crunch of the seeds. They also promised all sorts of health benefits including omega 3. Combining my olive oil bread with chia seeds seemed the best of both worlds. After searching the web for ideas, getting paranoid and then returning to my original idea, I now have my own chia bread that I made regularly.
the Fresh Loaf that told me chia seeds can absorb up to 12 times their weight in water. I read about how great they are for binding in gluten free baking. I tried soaking chia seeds before adding them to the bread.
new oven installed in March. My old oven wasn't fan forced. (I think this is the same as convection ovens.) It means that I cook at a lower temperature with the fan on. I forgot to turn on the fan while baking a few loaves of bread! Including this pink bread. I used some leftover beetroot juice from a tin instead of some of the water. Beetroot is a fun colour. Yet it always disappoints when I cut open the bread.
CityHippyFarmGirl for introducing me to my favourite bread.
Yeastspotting, the weekly round up of bread baking bloggers.
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Olive oil bread with chia
Adapted from the olive oil bread that I got from CityHippyFarmGirl (adapted by Brydie from Bourke Street Bakery)
600g white bread flour (or use a mix of white and wholemeal flour)
2 tsp dried yeast
2 tbsp chia seeds
400mls lukewarm water
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt
extra flour for kneading
1. Put yeast, chia seeds, warm water and the flour in a large mixing bowl. Leave for 10 minutes. It will be a dry shaggy mess at this point but don't worry.
2. Add olive oil and salt. Stir to combine as much as possible. It is a bit weird at first but after a good stir and some kneading it comes together. is a not easy to add the oil and salt but once you start kneading, it comes together beautifully. Knead on a lightly floured board until you have a soft dough. I usually do this for about 4-5 minutes but Brydie recommends 10 minutes.
3. Scrape out of the mixing bowl to make it as clean as possible without actually washing or wetting it. Place the dough in the bowl and cover with a damp teatowel. Let rise for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size. I have left this to rise for over an hour and it seems to be ok.
4. Punch down and lightly knead for about a few seconds. Return it to the bowl and cover with the damp teatowel and rise another 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
5. Knead briefly and either place on a greased tray or place in a greased bread tin. I do the latter (my bread tin in 25cm x 9cm and about 10cm high). I cut it in half, roughly knead each half into a neat ball and then press the two halves of the dough into the tray so they fill out the corners and are flat on top. Cover with the damp teatowel and leave to rise about two thirds (usually over 30 minutes). Mine gets to about an inch from the top of the tin but rises to the top once baked.
6. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 240 C. To steam the oven I fill a loaf tin (not a shallow tin) with water and place it in the bottom of the oven (easier when the oven is cold). Bake bread for about 30 minutes or until dough is a deep golden brown and hollow when knocked. The crust might seem quite crusty when it is first out of the oven but once it cools it will soften and be full of flavour.
7. Tip loaf out of tin (or off the tray) and cool on a wire rack. Leave for at least an hour, and more if possible, before cutting the first slice. Lasts well for a few days but by then it is usually finished.
Note: this bread takes about 2 and 1/2 hours to make (or more) and then another hour or so to sit before cutting.
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