Whole Grain Breakfast Bread
Updated September 20, 2016
teaspoons active dry yeast
tablespoons honey, plus more for drizzling
cups warm water, divided
tablespoons ground flax
cups whole wheat flour
cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
cup mixed pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, black and/or white sesame seeds and flax seeds
Measure out 1/4 cup warm water in a glass measuring cup or bowl. Add yeast and honey. Mix to combine and then allow mixture to sit undisturbed for 5 minutes or until the mixture is foamy on top and smells like bread. Meanwhile, add remaining 1 1/4 cups warm water to a bowl. Add oats and ground flax. Allow this mixture to sit 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes add the yeast mixture, oat mixture, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour and salt. Using the dough hook, mix dough on medium speed for 4-6 minutes. If dough seems extremely sticky, add 1-2 tablespoons flour. Now add in 3-4 tablespoons of mixed seeds. mix until combined.
Remove dough from bowl and knead with hands on a floured surface for a minute or two.
Grease bowl you mixed the dough in and place dough back in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm area for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.
Once dough has doubled in size, set slow-cooker to High. Line slow-cooker with parchment paper so it goes up the sides of the slow-cooker bowl.
Punch dough down with your fist and then scoop it out onto a floured work surface. Knead dough a few times with your hands and then form dough into a rough oval or circle shape. Place dough inside slow-cooker. Brush dough with beaten egg and then sprinkle with remaining mixed seeds. Using a sharp knife, gently make a small slit down the center of the loaf. Drizzle seeds with 1-2 teaspoons honey.
Place a large paper towel over the top of slow-cooker and then place lid on slow-cooker. Adding paper towel will help keep moisture off of the bread.
Cook on High for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours or until the center of the bread is fully cooked. Remove from slow-cooker and let cool. Slice and enjoy!
- Use your favorite combo of nuts and seeds for this bread. I personally love hemp seeds, chia seeds, walnuts and sunflower seeds.
- This loaf of bread can also be baked in a 400ºF oven for 45-50 minutes.