Hearty-Grain French Bread
Cottage cheese, sour cream, and orange juice add a nice tang to this hearty French bread.
Serves: 16Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 2 hours 40 minutesDifficulty: Medium
- 1 cup quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup cottage cheese
- ½ cup low-fat sour cream
- 2 Tbsp. orange juice
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 cups bread flour
- 2 packages (¼ oz.) instant-blend dry yeast
- ¼ cup oat bran
- 3 cups whole-wheat flour
- 2 Tbsp. cornmeal
- In small microwave-safe bowl, combine oats and 1 cup water; microwave on high for 3–4 minutes until creamy. Let cool for 10 minutes. Then combine oat mixture and cottage cheese in a blender or food processor; blend or process until creamy.
- Place oat mixture in large bowl and stir in sour cream, orange juice, and salt; mix well. Add bread flour, yeast, and oat bran and beat for one minute. Then stir in enough whole-wheat flour to form a firm dough.
- Knead dough on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
- Punch down dough and place on counter. Cover with bowl and let stand for 10 minutes. Grease two 12" long rectangles on a cookie sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Divide dough into two balls. Roll each ball into a 12" cylinder and place on prepared cookie sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Slash loves with shallow cuts and spray with some cold water and bake for 30–40 minutes or until loaves are deep golden brown and sound hollow when tapped with fingers. Cool on wire rack.