A couple of years ago while we were visiting my Grandparents, my Grampa gave me a bread maker that a friend of his was selling at their garage sale. It's the exact same bread maker that my Gramma uses to make all of her her bread dough - I really love that we use the exact same one.
Even though Grampa warned me that making the bread entirely with the bread maker would result in something closer to a cinder block than a loaf of bread, I of course had to try it myself to see what it would be like. He of course was right, and that entire loaf of bread ended up in the garbage. Ever since then I have stuck to the "dough only" setting for all of my bread making needs. I have even recently used my bread maker to make the dough for homemade donuts, but that's another recipe for another day!
So, what are Chia seeds you ask? Other than being a 90's phenomenon (who can forget chia pets?) the seeds are also great for your digestive system! They are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids. 1 ounce (28 g) of seeds contains 4 g of protein (9% of the daily value) and 11 g of fibre (42% of the daily value - that's a lot of fibre!). The seeds contain the essential minerals phosphorus, manganese, calcium, potassium, and sodium in amounts that are comparable to flax.
I discovered Chia seeds this year when I first tried Holy Crap Breakfast Cereal. I loved the health benefits so much, I've incorporated it into a lot of my favourite foods (yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, even stir fry - the possibilities are endless!). A friend recently asked me if I had a recipe for chia bread, and since I didn't, I decided to come up with one. I used as many wholesome ingredients as I could for a healthy bread I could feel good about eating.
This bread is really nice for sandwiches - it's my favourite when paired with turkey & swiss cheese!
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp butter (plus 2 tbsp more for buttering the dough)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1/4 cup white flour
- 1/3 cup honey
- 3 tsp quick rise (or bread maker) yeast
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/3 cup chia seed
Place ingredients in your bread maker in the order that they appear on the list. Set your bread maker to the "dough only" setting.
When the dough is ready, punch it down slightly to remove the air, form it into a loaf shape and place into a buttered bread pan. Melt 1 tbsp of butter and brush onto the surface of the dough. Lightly drape with a clean dish cloth and set your oven to "proof" (if your oven doesn't have a proof feature, just place the dough in a warm spot in your kitchen). Let rise about 30 minutes (45 if you aren't using your oven) until dough has doubled in size.
Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for 25 minutes, until the crust is golden brown.
Melt remaining 1 tbsp of butter and brush over the top of the crust immediately after removing it from the oven. This will ensure a nice, soft, buttery crust. If you prefer a crustier bread, skip this last step.