Its a fruity bread kind of day. Strawberries and blueberries in this bread. Look at that pretty color!
Fruits keep the bread soft and moist. There is no added sweetness except the usual sugar/maple to activate the yeast. The bread is has a mild fruit flavor and can be used in either savory sandwich or sweet french toast preparation like this Coconut Crusted French Toast.
On another note. I am enjoying all the Indian food cooked up by Mom, and she and Dad are enjoying the treats(Barfi, Kulfi, desserts) I keep making for them, so Mom can pick up the dairy substitutes:). The everyday meals they eat at home are almost all plant-based. Back home in India, they do add a tablespoon of milk in their morning and evening tea, and probably sometimes serve paneer(cottage cheese) in parties. This week, it took mom 1 try to figure out how they like the almond milk and now its like almond milk in their tea everyday. Once she tastes Cauliflower Makhani, I am sure she is going to serve that, instead of Paneer. More so now since they agreed to watch a portion of this Indian Dairy Industry horrors video.(they weren’t fully convinced with verbal discussion). Most people in India still think that the cows are taken care of and they produce excess milk after the calf has had its full and so on.
Mom then remembered that about 30 years back, the doodhwala(milkman) would bring the Buffalo along to freshly milk it in front of the people, so the consumers knew that there was no water added to the milk. He would take an injection out and go thwack on the side of the Buffalo and then proceed to milk her. That was probably oxytocin, a banned hormone injection, which gives the Buffalo a lot of stomach cramps like Labor pain along with the inducing excess production of milk. Its unregulated use has also been linked to early puberty in girls in India. This was 30 years ago and it has only gotten much worse for the cows.
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Proof the yeast in warm water. Add flours.
Add strawberry blueberry puree, salt, oil.
Knead into a soft dough. Spray water on top and let rise until doubled.
Punch down, knead and shape into a loaf. Spray water on top, Sprinkle oats or sesame seeds or flour. Cover with a towel and let rise for 35-40 minutes until double.
Bake in pre-heated oven for 40 minutes. Cool completely before slicing
Strawberry Blueberry Bread Loaf
Allergy Information: Free of Dairy, egg, corn, soy, nut
Makes 1 8.5 by 4.5 bread pan
1/2 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons raw sugar or maple
1 Tablespoon active yeast
1 cup bread flour
1.25 cups wheat flour (or 1 cup wheat and 1/4 cup sorghum/millet flour)
2-3 Tablespoons wheat flour for dusting
2 Tablespoons oil
1/4 cup blueberries
2 Tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
About 2/3 cup puree
In a bowl, add 1/2 cup of warm water, sugar and yeast, Mix and let sit until frothy. 10 minutes
Add the flours and oil to the yeast mixture.
Pure the strawberries and blueberries with 2 Tablespoons of water and salt until smooth.
Add the puree to the bowl.
Mix well and knead for 5-6 minutes. Add more flour if needed.
Spray water on top and cover with a towel. Let the dough sit for 1.5 hours or until doubled.
Use 2-3 Tablespoons wheat flour to knead for another minute.
Shape into log by pulling on all sides, or by rolling up like a jelly roll.
Place with seam side down in parchment lined or well greased bread pan.
Spray water on top.
Sprinkle oats or sesame seeds.
Cover with a towel and let rise for 40 minutes.
Bake in pre-heated 370 degrees F oven for 40 minutes.
Cool completely before slicing. Store in the refrigerator in airtight container or ziplock.
This bread is being shared at Ricki’s wellness weekends