Grape Multigrain Sandwich Bread Loaf. Vegan

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I made this bread early December, and another few times since then too, when hubbs got a package of ripe juicy huge California Seedless Grapes, ate half the pack and promptly forgot about them for the next few days. You know me, I put all sorts of fruits and veggies in my breads and use them up!
Sometime last month, I took a break from baking breads to try out some new Vegan and Mutigrain options from the market and also try my hand at some gf yeast bread baking. There was obvious comparison of the market breads with my home made breads, And as my kind hubbs so sweetly says about home made breads..
1. They do Not taste like cardboard
2. They do Not break your teeth(my teeth are not super hard walnut cracking machines and some of those 10-15 grains in some breads are just not very chewable or fun, even for hubbs)
3. They hold up very well in Sandwiches and french toasts(hello soggy supermarket bread french toasts)
4. Chewie likes them(he does not like 100% whole wheat cardboard bread. can you imagine that! He will do 5 rollovers even for my burnt bread!, here's a vid of him doing the rollover, with my mom)
5. The breads are fluffy, soft and muchable by themselves, even when filled with a good amount of whole grains..
6. They do Not taste like cardboard....
The addition of fruits adds a mild flavor to the bread and balances out some of the bitterness from some grains and it also helps keep the bread more moist and soft. These breads might not be 100% whole wheat or filled with 20 grains, but there is a good balance in there. You can eat a slice of my bread as is and not get a white carb sugar high! Most of my breads can be found on my Pinterest Bread and buns board here.

Name any fruit and you will find a bread with it. Blueberries, strawberries, apples are my faves. There's Beet, Spinach, Pear, carrots, Mango and more in some of my Breads!
I used Arrow head mills 4 grains + flax hot cereal in this loaf. It has barley and rye grits, steel cut oats, cracked wheat and flax. I add my own cooked whole grains sometimes like cooked Quinoa, oats, millet and wheat berries.

Ingredients:
2+ cups bread flour
1 cup Whole wheat flour
1/3 cup millet or sorghum flour(I used millet)
1 teaspoon vital wheat gluten(optional)
1/2 cup hot cereal(I used Arrow head mills 4 grain+flax. becomes more than a cup after cooking) Use 1/3 cup whole grain cereal, to keep dough more handle-able.
1 cup water to cook cereal
2 Tablespoons warm water
2 teaspoons active yeast
1 cup ripe fat organic Grapes
2 Tablespoons raw sugar or equivalent sugar substitute
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
2 Tablespoons organic canola oil

Directions:
  1. Cook the hot cereal in double the amount of water on low-medium heat, till the grains are soft(around 10 minutes). Let cool to a warm state. You can also add other cooked grains like Quinoa, barley, millet etc. Add a total 1 cup of cooked cereal.
  2. Blend the cereal, raw sugar and grapes into a puree and keep ready.
  3. Warm 2 Tablespoons water and add 1 teaspoon raw sugar and yeast, mix and let sit for 10 minutes or until frothy. (If using stevia, dont add it to yeast mix. Add a teaspoon of flour instead of the sugar, mix and let it get frothy. Add stevia or natural sweetener to the grape mix.)
  4. In the mixer bowl, add the flours(start with 1.5 cups bread flour), salt and whisk.
  5. Add in the oils, and yeast mixture and mix a bit.
  6. Add in the warm grape puree and knead for 6-8 minutes, scraping the sides every 2-3 minutes into a not too sticky and soft dough. Add more bread flour or water if needed.
  7. Place dough in well greased container. Spritz top with water, cover and let rise for 1.5 hours or until doubled( depends on ambient temperature)
  8. Take dough out, knead it for a minute using a little more bread flour to reduce the stickyness(the fruit makes the dough stickier because of more moisture)
  9. Shape into a loaf by pulling on all sides, or by patting dough into a rectangle and rolling it like a jelly roll.
  10. Place in parchment lined regular bread loaf pan (with seam side down if jelly roll).
  11. Spritz top with water and then with oil and cover and let rise in a warm place,for 45 minutes or until doubled.
  12. Bake at 365 degrees F for 40-45 minutes, or until a tap on the top sounds hollow.
  13. Take bread out of the pan soon after removing from the oven.
  14. Let cool for an hour before slicing. I usually refrigerate it another hour before slicing for less crumbly slices.

22 comments:

  1. Wow, what a good looking bread! I'm impressed! I need to experiment more with my bread making. I find a good recipe and then I just make that but I should really try more things. I love that you mixed pureed grapes in! I've never seen that before but it sounds yummy.

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  2. This bread is so well shaped. I need more practice in the bread making department. I don't eat a lot of bread, and I know that I will eat it all if it is sitting around (especially warm out of the oven!).

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  3. This bread not only looks delicious but is healthy too! I have never heard of using grape puree. Great recipe!

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  4. I do make breads at home, in fact I made it just yesterday. And it does not taste like cardboard.
    Its really interesting to see that you have added grapes in it. I am sure it would be wonderful to eat without anything on it.

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  5. Thanks Heidi! I add fruit puree to most of my breads.. it keeps them soft and moist!

    Thanks Shannon.. breads are not that difficult. its not necessary to get perfect shapes.. they taste the same in any shape:)

    Thanks Keerthana!

    Thanka Balvinder.. exactly:) home made are the best! i dont know what the supermarket puts in their cardboard breads:)

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  6. What a perfectly baked loaf...Impressive

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  7. superlative bake- am bookmarking this

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  8. Yummy Dish...I am gonna make it soon..Bookmarked it..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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  9. Wonderful bread Richa! very innovative with the use of grapes. I loved chewies video, he is a sweetheart.

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  10. I used to make bread often, but I never thought to put fresh fruit in it. Dried fruit, olives, garlic, onions, etc., but never grapes. Now I'm trying to avoid gluten and haven't tried to bake a yeast bread.

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  11. Thank you Neha, Priya, Aarthi!
    Thanks Raji. i know he is.. quite a pain too.. took me 2 months to train him to do a rollover..he is totally impatient:)

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  12. Thanks Andrea. i am experimenting with gf baking lately.. so hopefully will have a gf loaf soon. you can try my GF Naan flat bread here http://hobbyandmore.blogspot.com/2012/01/glutenfree-naan-flat-bread-vegan.html

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  13. Testing one, two, three. Is your blog publishing these comments from me???

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  14. YES!!! We are back in business!
    Now, as I was trying to say earlier today, I cannot believe how stinkin talented you are!! Grapes in bread??? When did you first learn of this? My mind is blown. I have never heard of that before and I officially think you are a genius (yeah, as if I didn't already think so...)

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  15. Bread looks great! I have been baking my own bread from a couple of months now and I am amazed at how much tastier home made bread is. I have been experimenting a lot with recipes too and it's so exiting :)

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  16. Cara, testing worked! yayyy! i finally got your comments! i missed you!
    i have been adding some or the other fruit puree to my bread since the past 3 years now!

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  17. Thanks Chinmayie.. yes homemade breads are the best!

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  18. Wow! That's a gorgeous looking bread Richa!! Grapes in a sandwich bead?? Loved the recipe, have to try this! And yes, home made bread is the best!!

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  19. this looks like its made by a professional baker with uears of experience! looks fab & a very interesting list of ingredients too.. gotta try this

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  20. And I missed being heard :) hehe. YIIIIIPPPPPPPEEEEE! I will not be silenced any more...

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  21. perfectly baked....bread looks delicious and healthy too..

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  22. This sounds so delicious, and nutritious - and I love the addition of the grapes. Thank you for sharing it with the Hearth and Soul hop.

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