Thursday, May 31, 2012


Regular, gluten-full wheat bread, I've missed you. Life has been pretty crazy lately, and I needed to "knead", so I made a good old fashioned loaf of whole wheat bread and added apricots and pistachios. Gluten-free bread can be tasty, but I miss the kneading. ;)

Whole Wheat Bread with Apricots and Pistachios - makes one large loaf

1/4 cup honey or maple syrup (I used honey this time)
1 packet yeast
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup dried apricots, chopped
1 cup pistachios, chopped

In a medium bowl, mix together 1 3/4 cups warm water (about 115f), honey and yeast. Let stand for about 5 minutes, or until mixture becomes foamy. In a separate bowl, stir together whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, salt, apricots and pistachios. Add yeast mixture, then oil. Stir to combine, then turn dough out onto a floured work surface. Now here comes my favourite part: knead for about 8 minutes, or until dough is elastic and smooth. Whoohoo!

Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover with a damp cloth and let stand, in a warm spot, for about 90 minutes or until dough doubles in size.
Punch down dough, and knead a few times, on a lightly floured surface. Shape into a round loaf, and place on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for another 45 minutes or until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 375f.  Make a couple of slashes, with a sharp knife, on top of dough and bake for about 45 minutes or until bread sounds "hollow" when tapped. Cool on a wire rack. This bread is perfect, toasted, for breakfast, and also makes great sandwiches. Love it.

Have a good day! Back soon.


christine, just bella said...

Oh yum. I haven't stopped by in a while and I must say I missed your beautiful (and drool worthy) food posts - always amazing!

Linn @ The Home Project said...

What a wonderful loaf! Apricots and pistachios make for the best combination and this bread just looks awesome! I love to bake breads with nuts and fruits, and this is definitely a little different. I'm putting this on my long to-bake list!

briannelee said...

Looks like the perfect treat!

tinyparticlesoflight said...

Sounds amazing! Hot weather be darned, I think I'll be baking some bread this afternoon!


PinkPanthress said...

*sighs* You can not go wrong with pistachios.

Inspire Me Heather said...

Dang you make that looks so ymmmy!!!

La Boheme said...

Seriously? That looks delicious Janis! And your photos make it that much more appealing, yum. xoxo

Linda in Ontario said...

I've never tried to make bread but this one sounds seriously tempting and fairly straightforward for a beginner.

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

apricots + pistachios? sounds tasty!

holly@hvhinteriors said...

looks beautiful! Apricots are a fun twist. Definitely bookmarking this ;) said...

Oh, looks so scrumdillyicious!

le_third said...

double yum! so pretty too with the orange flecks ... best le xox

shellie said...

this looks amazing!!

greenbeen said...

Delicious and nutritious...cause it rhymes! Yummmmm