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Soft Millet Sandwich Bread

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A mellow-flavored, soft sandwich bread with a perfect golden crust, this loaf reminds me of the white bread I would long for as a child. Growing up, all of our starches were whole grain and I pined for the white bread sandwiches I saw other children eating. Of course, now I am extremely grateful for the healthy choices my parents made, but I still do sometimes crave white bread-type sandwiches, and this loaf satisfies that craving while still being very nutritious. Being 50 light, the bread is a wonderful loaf to serve your children. The arrowroot is full of calcium, and the millet, quinoa, and brown rice flours are full of fiber, protein, and nutrients. The flax meal provides additional fiber, as do the super chia seeds. So enjoy wholeheartedly!

Makes1 large loaf

Cooking Methodbaking

CostModerate

Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Family Get-together

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegan, vegetarian

Mealbreakfast, brunch, snack

Type of Dishbread

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup arrowroot
  • 1 cup millet flour
  • ½ cup quinoa flour
  • ½ brown rice flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • 1/3 cup flax meal
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 1 envelope (2¼ teaspoons) instant active dry yeast
  • 1½ cups room temperature filtered water
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Soak the chia seeds in the ½ cup water for at least 15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8-by-4-by-4-inch loaf pan and dust with brown rice flour.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the arrowroot, millet flour, quinoa flour, brown rice flour, tapioca flour, flax meal, salt, and xanthan gum.

  3. In a separate large mixing bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), dissolve the yeast in the room temperature water. Add the olive oil and maple syrup. Just as the yeast begins to foam and feed on the maple syrup, about 3 minutes, add the combined dry ingredients and the chia seeds with their soaking liquid. Mix until you have achieved a soft dough. This will not take long. A stand mixer with a paddle attachment works well, but so will an old-fashioned wooden spoon and a tireless arm.

  4. Once your dough is formed, use a spatula (0 guide and pour the batter-like dough into the prepared loaf pan. Smooth the surface so that it is even and attractive. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds and score with one line that runs the length of the dough, just off center. Place in the hot oven. Once the oven door is closed, decrease the temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Decrease the temperature to 300 degrees F and bake for an additional 25 minutes, until golden brown and crusty.

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