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Friday, April 30, 2010

Multi Grain and Rich Egg Marble Bread - Recipe

Good morning,

Today I've made Marble Bread using two of my recipes:  Multi-Grain and Rich Egg Bread.

My Rich Egg Bread recipe was published earlier. 

The Multi-Grain Bread and the Rich Egg Bread are each fantastic all by themselves.  I am using these two together for Marble Bread because both breads have a similar texture so work well together.

This marble bread recipe makes four standard size loaves - a whole lot of bread!  I don't recommend refrigerating or freezing fresh bread, but you can do that if you really want to.  I prefer to give away what my family can't eat in the first day or two.  Remember that all of my breads are made without preservatives so they don't last for a week or more as many commercial breads do.

Enjoy!

Lois

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Multi-Grain Bread and Rich Egg Bread Marble Bread - Recipe
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Prepare my Rich Egg Bread recipe and set aside.  Cover with a cool damp cloth and set aside in a cool place (not refrigerator.) Do not place it in a warm place to encourage the first rise until the Multi-Grain Bread recipe (see below) is ready for the first rise.
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Multi-Grain Bread Recipe
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Ingredients:

1 egg

2 T vegetable oil

2 t salt

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 T honey

2 T nonfat dry milk
 
2 T cocoa

1 1/4 cups coffee (at room temperature)

1 cup rye flour
 
1 cup whole wheat four

2 1/2 cups bread (or all purpose, but not self rising) flour

2 rounded t dry yeast

Place all ingredients in large capacity bread machine in order given. 

Set on dough cycle and turn on.

The first dough cycle on most machines is about 40 minutes. 
 
Watch the action to be sure a dough ball forms at least 1/3 way through the cycle. 

Add a little flour or water if necessary to get the correct consistency.

When first dough cycle finished, remove from machine and place in a greased bowl for first rise. 

Now place both the Egg Bread and the Multi-Grain Bread dough in a warm place such as the oven with the light, but no heat turned on. 

If you place it out on the counter in a warm place, cover with a damp cloth. 

These two batches required about 1 hour for the first rise. Keep in mind that the temperature in your kitchen and the mood of the yeast can change the time required for the dough to rise.

If you are using crockery or glass pans/bowls for baking, set the empty bread pans in a warm place, too. I use my ovens with the lights turned on.

Spray baking pans with vegetable oil.

After the first rise, punch down/knead gently the dough to remove excess bubbles.

Wash and flour a working surface where you can work with portions of each batch of bread. 

The recipes each make two loaves of bread.

You'll see in the images that I combined the bread dough in several different ways to demonstrate very different results in your loaf of bread.

Flatten 1/4 of the batch of the light and 1/4 of the batch of the dark dough into long ovals. 

Place one on top of the other and roll together. 

Slice into four parts and place one into each of four sections of a four loaf pan.

Flatten 1/4 of each batch of bread, flatten each color, roll together, and place the whole thing in a standard size loaf pan.

Flatten remaining dough, roll together, and place in remaining pans. 

To demonstrate some of the possibilities, I used pans of different sizes rolling some loaves with dark dough on the outside, some with the dark dough on the inside.

When it is finished rising the second time, bake at 350 F for 35 mins if using small pans similar to those in the images. If using 4 standard loaf pans, bake at 350 F for 45 mins.

Remove from oven, turn out to cooling racks immediately.

Click here for more of my bread recipes.

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3 comments:

Happy Days said...

Wow! these breads are so pretty!! brown and white and white with brown! How clever! My family would flip if I ever baked these lovely bready!! You are the Bread Queen for sure. I must tell you that in high school I belonged to a sub deb club and one of our fund raising projects was making and selling bread. I was elected the "Bread Queen" for what ever reason to be celebrated at our final dance. Because of bad weather and lots of snow, I was snowbound on a snow covered hill and my date was unable to come get me. I cried all night, sitting in my room in my pretty dress and thought the world had come to an end....lol now, it's funny! So, I doub you the new Bread Queen!!...debbie

Lois Evensen said...

Hi Debbie,

Nice to hear from you. Yes, these are quite the hit when served for company. They just look so cool and taste pretty good, too.

Thank you for the title. I've never heard of "Bread Queen" before. ;) How very sweet of you. :) That's cute!

Yes, it's amazing how time cures what seem to be life-altering events, isn't it. I have a list of those myself (never such a serious crisis about bread, though) yet here I am still alive and very happy. :)

Hugs,
Lois

Colleen formerly of South Africa said...

Just found your blog and the lovely breads. I am a quilter...but have been trying to find a good Heavy multi grain bread. We lived overseas and loved the heavier breads made there. Do you have a recipe to share? Thanks I will be checking back.