8-grain bread with papaya seeds based on HBin5's 10grain recipe
This was just a quick bread to make, an everyday bread, so I would have something to take with me to work. I didn't have time for it to sit, I just wanted to make it and be done with it. The Healthy Bread in 5 Minutes a Day book is always a good bet for this sort of recipe. I'm still a bit leery over the extra gluten and the all-purpose flour that is used, but anything you make is going to be better than what you buy.
And besides, I've wanted to try some papaya seeds in a bread for a long time now. Here was my opportunity: we had some fresh ones sitting on the counter. I tossed them in the dough.
Here are the weights or measures of the ingredients I used:
- 239g Arva Flour Mill's 8-grain mixture
- 467g wwflour
- 310g ap flour
- 21g instant dry yeast
- 3g kosher salt
- 38g vital wheat gluten
- 873g lukewarm water
- seeds from one freshly cut papaya, about 1/3 cup (not weighed)
- some extra flour, and some of my home-made bread spice for lining the couche
This is a high hydration dough. I mixed it easily with a spoon, it didn't require me to get my hands in it. It sat on the counter a long time before I got around to making the dough: longer than the 2 hours suggested in the book. I didn't refrigerate it before using it, either.
That's one of the reasons why I baked it in a casserole dish, at 450 degrees, 20 minutes with the lid on and 25 minutes with lid off: I didn't think that I would be able to form a nice gluten cloak, and I was right about that.
The papaya seeds taste a bit peppery. They might give the dough a slightly greyish, purplish-brown cast that is not entirely appealing. The bread spice, which is more on the crust than in the crumb, merely gives it a nice scent.
Other than that, this is just an okay-tasting bread. Good for sandwiches, or toasted. This is just one of those everyday breads that is baked fresh, fits into my lifestyle, where I don't have to monitor the dough too closely.
Notes to Myself
- Try some dried papaya seeds next time.
- Try other granola-like things, like dried fruit. What would that be like, I wonder?