Recently we paid another visit to Mingus Mill in the Great Smoky Mountains. As we always do when we go there, we purchased some whole wheat flour and this is one of the things that I made with some of it.
We had some spinach dip in the refrigerator so I used it to flavor this bread. It turned out so very yummy that I wrote the recipe down to add to my bread recipe collection.
My recipe is below if you would like to make it. Of course, you can use any whole wheat flour, but I suggest you use a coarsely ground flour to make it a truly hearty bread.
Spinach Dip Whole Wheat Bread - Recipe
2 T vegetable oil
2 t salt
2 t sugar
1/4 cup spinach dip
1 cup warm water
1 cup whole wheat flour
3-1/2 cups bread 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 is finished, remove dough from machine and place in a greased bowl for first rise. Place the bowl 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.
This batch required about 1 hour, 15 minutes 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.
After the first rise, punch down/knead gently the dough to remove excess bubbles.
If you are using crockery or glass pans/bowls for baking, set the empty bread pans in a warm place, too. I use my second oven with the light turned on.
If preheating pans, remove from oven.
For this batch, I am using a pan that makes 4 mini loaves.
Allow bread to rise once again; this batch should take about 45 mins for the second rise, then bake at 350 degrees F for 35 mins. Turn out to racks to cool immediately.
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