Friday, September 23, 2016

Seeded Whole-Grain Quick Bread

Makes one-9X5-inch loaf
Recipe from Stacy Fraser via EatingWell
Husband-Tested in Alice’s Kitchen

This bread takes very little time to make.  It’s loaded with seeds and whole-grains. This quick bread recipe is the perfect vehicle for both sweet and savory toppings, so try it toasted with baba ghanouj one day and with honey or jam the next. Make it on the weekend and enjoy it in your weekday lunchbox.

1/3 cup unsalted sunflower seeds
1/3 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
3 Tablespoons flaxseed
3 Tablespoons sesame seeds
2 cups white whole-wheat flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
3 large eggs
1½ cups buttermilk
1 cup rolled oats
½ cup avocado oil or extra-virgin olive oil (I used olive oil.)
2 Tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup (I used maple syrup.)

Preheat oven to 350 °F. Coat a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
Combine sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed and sesame seeds in a dry medium skillet; toast over medium heat, stirring, until lightly brown and starting to pop, 5 to 7 minutes.
Reserve 2 tablespoons of the seed mixture in a small bowl; transfer the remaining seeds to a large bowl. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the large bowl; whisk to combine. Whisk eggs in a medium bowl, then stir in buttermilk, oats, oil and honey (or maple syrup). Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients; stir and fold together until combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan. Sprinkle with the reserved seeds.
Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Let cool in the pan for about 30 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Tips:  Store airtight at room temperature for up to 3 days or refrigerate for up to 5 days.
Also, you can freeze buttermilk and then thaw it in the refrigerator.
Here is our good friend Brad, with his daughter, Hazel (age 2) enjoying 
Seeded Whole Grain Quick Bread at a recent party.  She ate two pieces!

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