Creative Recipes, Techniques & Tips
After purchasing Heartfire Bakery Bread Blend follow these instructions and tips below:
- Cinnamon Raisin – 1/3 c. raisins + 1 tsp ground cinnamon (add additional sweetener if desired) – add to mixer at beginning of mixing.
- Seeds and Dried Fruit – 1/3 c. Sunflower Seeds( or Pumpkin Seeds) + 1TBS Flax Seeds + 1/3 c. Dried Fruit (cut into small pieces if larger than a nickel. Suggestions: dried apple, dried blue berries, raisins) + 1 tsp Orange Zest, add to mixer at beginning of mixing.
- Three Seed – 4 TBS Sunflower seeds + 3 TBS sesame Seeds + 2 tsp Poppy Seeds (add to mixer at beginning of mixing).
- Olive Rosemary – ¼ c Sun dried black olives or Kalamata Olives cut in half + 1 TBS Dried Rosemary (if using fresh, 2 tsp) add to mixer at end of mixing.
- Pumpernickel – 1 tsp Orange Zest + 1 tsp Onion Powder + 1 TBS Caraway Seeds + 1 TBS Cocoa Powder to dry ingredients, then mix well and 1 TBS Molasses to wet ingredients.
- Roasted Onion and Herb – 1 small Onion or half large Onion cut in half and sliced thinly + 2-3 TBS fresh Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped + 1 tsp fresh Tarragon, Rosemary and Oregano, finely chopped + 1TBS Olive Oil + 1 tsp Sea Salt. Mix together roast in oven at 400 degrees stirring once or twice until browned to desire, cool – add at the end of mixing to incorporate into dough.
- Cooked Grains – ¼ to 1/3 c. cooked Quinoa (I find the colored kind adds a nice texture) or other nutrient dense grain, soaked, cook and cooled, add at end and mix well to incorporate into dough
Techniques and Tips
- Number One – Soaking the bread mix with part of the water and apple cider vinegar over night gives the bread a nice texture, improves flavor and digestibility. Mix 1 cup water with 2 tsp apple cider vinegar and add bread mix. Stir well (a few minutes) and form a ball, the dough should feel a little swishy, if not add a tablespoon or more of water and mix well. Put ball of dough into a ceramic bowl and cover bowl to seal in moisture. Let sit overnight on counter. Before mixing , break up onto chunks with your hands. In a measuring cup put remaining water, sweetener and yeast. Add yeast mixture as in original directions.
- Number Two – Adding seeds to the bread in your creative recipes can also be done so they soak in the flour mixer as in Tip Number One, just add suggested amount from the recipes. You may need to add more water to the dough and follow original recipe.
- Number Three – Making sure you mix the dough long enough will effect what comes out of the oven. You want to incorporate AIR into the dough, so mixing 4-5 minutes is important. If you are mixing by hand, once you have a ball of dough in your bowl, flour a cutting board or clean counter and knead the dough for a few minutes, pulling the edges of the dough into the center.
- Number Four – This is the fun part. Gluten free dough is notoriously wet and more like thick cake batter. Not this recipe! You get to shape your loaves and feel the dough forming with your hands. You can make beautiful round loaves or long baguettes or dinner rolls or burger buns.
- Number Five – Let the dough rise long enough! It needs to double in size, look soft and the slashes you made in the top should be spread open.