Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Wheat Germ and Oat Bread.

I finally got the AC installed in my appartment!! So turning on the oven is not a torture session anymore. And since today was a day off and I just ran out of bread... guess...yes, homemade loaf! The past couple of weeks I was able to bring home some bread from work, and even though it's bakery bread its not quite the same.
So I made up this loaf, that I might admit tastes phenomenal and turned out almost perfect! I don't have a lab at home where I can test howrich in fiber it is but I'm sure it's pretty high. The texture is dense but still light at the same time. And the crust is nice and, well, crusty, and flavorful!

3 1/2 cup bread flour
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup wheat germ
1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
2 TBSP dry milk powder(optional)
1 TBSP sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup water

Mix all the ingredients appart from the egg, milk and water.
Heat up the milk and water until a thermometer reads about 110-130F.
Pour the liquid in the flour mix, stir with a fork, add egg, knead until it comes together, transfer to a flouredsurface and knead for 10 minutes until it becomes a smooth ball of dough.
Put it in an olied bowl and let it rise for about an hour, until it's doubled in size.
Shape in the desired form (here I just folded it and put in an oiled loaf pan),
proof for about 30-40 minutes, again until it's doubled.
Score 3 slits accross the dough, brush with egg whites and sprinkle some wheat germ on the top.
Bake at 400F for the first 5 minutes, then turn down the oven at 375 and continue baking for 20 minutes, then turn down at 350 for the last five minutes. When the bell rings(prviding you use the oven timing thing...), turn off the oven but leave the loaf in for another 5 minutes.
This should do it. If it's ready it'll sound hollow when tapped at the bottom.
Then cool on a rack(NOT in the pan!!) and congratulate yourself on a beautiful loaf of healthy bread!!

I'm sending this over to Yeastspotting!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Orange-Mango Smoothie

For those of you who live in or around Montreal, you KNOW what I'm talking about when I say: HOOOOOOOOOOLLLYYYYYYY CRAP IT'S HOOOOOOOOTTTTT!!!!!

Seriously, it's like 40+ with the humidex, and if you don't have AC, like me, and don't have a pool(appartment on a second floor in the city...), this heat is suffocating. You gotta find ways to stay cool, and eating in this heat is not very enjoyable. I don't wanna turn on the oven, or even one element, even the microwave has been silent for the past 4 days. Now, everybody will say you have to eat spicy foods, that's what they do in hot countries, I know...but I live in Canada. I don't particularly like this heat and I especially don't wanna eat anything hot or spicy!

So I'm relying on my trusted friend the blender and drinking shakes. Salads and light sandwiches also. Later. This morning I needed that cold drink.

1/2 cup frozen mango
1 cup orange juice (might be a little more...)
1 BIG scoop vanilla FROZEN yogurt
2-3 TBSP instant milk powder

Blend Blend Blend...
Slurp slowly to prevent brain freeze...

It tastes almost like a creamsicle...

This heat wave is supposed to end this week-end...let's hope so...