English Muffins

Bread Starters Part Two: Biga and Poolish

by Sarah House in Featured Articles, Recipes, Whole Grains 101

I hope everyone was able to try out one of the preferments discussed in the previous post (pâte fermentée or a sponge).  What did you notice about your bread?  Was it taller? Stronger?  Nicer crumb?  Fabulous!  Let’s move on to some preferments that offer a bit more flavor along with the great structural boosts they’re known for.

First up:  biga.  Biga is a traditional Italian preferment that is often used with super soft, highly hydrated doughs like ciabatta and focaccia.  This preferment’s ratio of 2 parts flour to 1 part water make for a very stiff mixture that can be hard to mix by hand.  After the initial mix, a biga will look rather useless.  But, give it a few hours and it will soften and hydrate.  You’ll know your biga is ripe and ready when the dough is domed and just beginning to recede in the center.  The best thing about bigas:  they offer a lot of flavor and many qualities of sours without the time commitment.


Prepare 8 – 24 hours before baking.

  • Flour                30% of total flour from bread recipe
  • Water              equal weight as 15% of total flour
  • Yeast               8 – 10% of total yeast from bread recipe


 Now it’s time for my favorite in the preferment family (shhh, don’t tell the others):  poolish.  Poolish was originally used in Poland (hence the name) and is such a great preferment that it is one of the most widely used in French bakeries.  That’s right, French boulangers ditched their very own pâte fermentée to use a Polish poolish.  Why is it so popular?  Yes, yes, you’ll get great rise, crust and structure but you’ll also get a fabulous moist crumb with chewy texture and amazing flavor.  Oh, the flavor!  Sweet and tangy and just about perfection.

Poolish is the most hydrated preferment (1 part flour to 1 part water) and looks almost soupy.  This high hydration content is what creates the winning crumb and chew.  Ripeness is indicated when the surface is covered with small bubbles.  If the poolish has risen and then begun to recede (called a “high water mark”) its leavening power is shot.  Do over. And if you’re wondering what to make using a poolish, try this Whole Wheat English Muffins recipe.  They were a huge hit here at Bob’s and I ate three of them in about 20 minutes.  Seriously.

Whole Wheat English Muffins


Prepare 4 – 24 hours before baking.

  • Flour                30% of total flour from bread recipe
  • Water              equal weight as 30% total flour
  • Yeast               8 – 10% of total yeast from bread recipe



 A word about measurements

You may have noticed that, so far, all of the formulas are using percentages and reference weight.  Why is that?  Because measuring by weight is far more accurate than measuring by volume.  If you are serious about baking and want to produce consistently excellent products, use a scale.  Treat yourself.  And your eaters.  Baker’s scales for home cooks are incredibly affordable (Bob’s Red Mill sells this one).  And with the ability to measure in American Standard or metric, you can make delicious recipes from those crazy countries that don’t use our ounces and pounds (which is everyone).

Stay tuned….next week we’ll be pulling out the big guns:  naturally cultured sourdough starters.

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National Flour Month: Wheat Flour Primer {Giveaway}

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Whole Grains 101

March is National Flour Month and flour is something we get pretty excited about at Bob’s Red Mill. After all, we make a lot of different products, but flour is special. Not only do we use our millstones to grind it, but we take a whole grain and mill it into a whole grain flour. Nothing added, nothing removed. One pound of grain in, one pound of flour out. It’s pretty simple, but pretty amazing, too. In honor of National Flour Month, we’re doing a little series on the different types of flour that we offer. Each week, we’ll giveaway a set of flours to a lucky winner. This week, we’re starting with the different varieties of wheat flour that we produce. If wheat flour isn’t your thing, don’t worry, we’ll cover our other flours all in good time.


Wheat flour is probably the single most ubiquitous flour in the world. It is in nearly every packaged food and baked good you look at, even those things that you never think about being baked at all. It’s in those pretty breads at the bakery, the flour tortillas at your local Mexican restaurant, the boxes of pasta you just bought, it’s the backbone of couscous, the thickener in sauces, the breading on your fish, really and truly, as anyone with gluten intolerance can tell you, wheat flour is everywhere. In a perfect world, everything made with wheat would be made with whole wheat flour, but we all know that the world isn’t perfect and that beautiful, fluffy pastries are best achieved with white flour. So we make the best choices we can and practice a bit of moderation.

Whole Wheat Flour: Standard whole wheat flour is milled from high protein, hard red spring wheat. This flour has a minimum protein level of 13.5% and is excellent for bread baking and anywhere yeast is used as the leavening agent (think pizza, pretzels, etc). Because it is whole grain, baked goods using solely whole wheat flour will be a bit more dense. Use a combination of 50% whole wheat and 50% white flour to create a balanced texture and crumb in your baked good. Adding vital wheat gluten to your baked good will improve the elasticity and rise of your dough (use 1 Tbsp per cup of flour).

whole wheat flour unbleached white flour

Whole Wheat Pastry Flour: Whole Wheat Pastry Flour is milled from soft white wheat and has a maximum protein content of 13%. This is an excellent choice for baked goods that use baking soda or baking powder as a leavening agent. The lower gluten content does not trap air bubbles as effectively as conventional whole wheat flour, which will not give yeast-risen baked goods the proper rise they need. Use this flour for pastries, cookies, cakes and quick breads.

Hard White Whole Wheat Flour: This special flour is one of our favorite products at Bob’s Red Mill. Milled from high protein, hard white wheat, this flour is the best of both worlds. Light in color, yet full of whole grain goodness, hard white whole wheat flour has a sweeter flavor than conventional whole wheat flour, appealing to those that find whole wheat baked goods to be slightly bitter. It is ideal for bread baking, but can be used for other baked goods. Like regular whole wheat flour, it will make baked goods more dense, so it can be used in combination with white flour to achieve a lighter texture.

Unbleached White Flour: This is not to be confused with All Purpose Flour. Standard unbleached white flour is milled from the same hard red spring wheat as whole wheat flour, but has the germ and bran stripped away to produce a white flour. It has a minimum protein level of 13% and is often referred to as bread flour. This flour is ideal for breads and yeast-risen baked goods, but can be used in place of all purpose flour for most recipes. Read more about white flour here where we go into bleaching, bromating, enriching and more.

Unbleached White Pastry Flour: The refined counterpart of whole wheat pastry flour, this flour is milled from soft white wheat with the bran and germ removed. This flour has a maximum protein content of 9%, making it both the lowest protein wheat flour we carry and the most ideal for fine cake and pastry baking.

Semolina Flour: Semolina flour is the quintessential flour for pasta making and is milled from durum wheat. It has a sandy texture and contains about 12% protein, making it great for bread baking and pizza crust.

Graham Flour: Graham flour is quite simply a coarsely ground whole wheat flour. Milled from hard red spring wheat, graham flour can be used in place of whole wheat flour, however it should only be used for about 20% of the flour in your recipe or you will end up with a very dense baked good. Graham flour can be substituted for Whole Meal Flour with little difference in the texture of the baked good. Graham flour is not made from ground up graham crackers as some people believe, but it can be used to make graham crackers.

Unbleached White Flour



We’d like to give one lucky reader a set of our whole wheat flours- organic whole wheat flour, organic hard white whole wheat flour and organic whole wheat pastry flour. To enter, simply follow the directions in the app below. We’ll pick a winner at random from all who enter by 12:01 am on 03/13/13.

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Whole Wheat English Muffins

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Recipes

As promised, here is our recipe for Whole Wheat English Muffins. I had to try these out for myself before I shared them so I knew exactly what you were getting yourself into if you attempt these. First off, this recipe takes a serious time commitment. Second, this recipe is painfully easy to put together. With a little bit of planning, you can have fresh, chewy English muffins for breakfast one day (if you get up really, really early) and everyone will be so impressed with your baking skills.

Here’s what you need to know- the time commitment is primarily a matter of rising time. These babies start with a poolish that ferments overnight, then allowed to come to room temp for at least 3 hours. Then the dough is mixed and needs to rise for 45 minutes. The dough is folded and rises again for 15 minutes, then shaped into muffins and left to rise for a final 15 minutes… so maybe you have these more like noon (like we did at our house) or for dinner. While they are something akin to heaven straight from the oven, these are phenomenal the next day and the day after that. We didn’t have any make it past that to attest to their quality. I think my husband ate 3 of these straight from the oven. Fresh, they don’t even need butter to be amazing (but it certainly doesn’t hurt).English Muffins Whole Wheat

I’d consider myself a novice bread baker. Sure, I’ve made basic breads and pizza dough, but I was incredibly intimidated by this recipe. My advice to you: don’t be. It was easy to follow and, even when I flubbed a step, the results were divine.

A dab of butter, a slathering of jam, a smooth layer of peanut butter, a fried egg with a bit of cheese… whatever you opt to top these with will be worth it, I promise.

[A note about equipment and measurements. If you have them, English muffin rings are handy. If you don’t, a big biscuit cutter or even just a dough knife will work. The rings helped to make that perfect “English muffin” shape, but they really wouldn’t make or break the recipe. We’ve included household measurements here as a courtesy, but, as I’m learning a baking scale is a kitchen essential for serious bakers. Not only does it improve the outcome of your recipe when you weigh your ingredients, it makes you feel like a real baker! Scales are pretty affordable. We sell a good one, but you can also find quite a selection on Amazon, as well.]

Whole Wheat English Muffins

Recipe by Sarah House

Yield twelve 3 ½ oz muffins


  • 6 ¾ oz Water (110°F)
  • ¼ tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 6 ¾ oz (1 ½ cups + 3 Tbsp) Unbleached White Flour

Bread Dough

  • 14 oz Warm Water (110°)
  • 1 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 13 ½ oz Poolish (entire recipe from above)
  • 1 oz Unsalted Butter
  • 15 ¼ oz (3 cups + 3 Tbsp) Unbleached White Flour
  • 5 oz (1 cup) Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • Semolina Flour as needed


  1. In a large, non-reactive metal or glass bowl (only use plastic if it is clean and free of odors), proof yeast in water until “milky”, about 5 minutes.
  1. Add the flour and stir until a smooth, elastic batter has formed.
  1. Scrape down the sides and cover with plastic wrap; let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
  1. (Optional) For the most sourdough-like flavor, transfer to the refrigerator and chill 8 – 24 hours. Skip step 5 if you do not refrigerate your poolish.
  1. Remove poolish from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 3 – 4 hours.  It should have tripled in volume.  Use within 4 hours, before it begins to deflate.

Bread Dough

  1. Sprinkle the yeast into the water and let sit until the yeast looks “milky”, about 5 minutes then add the poolish.
  1. Meanwhile, combine the flours in a bowl.  Rub the butter into the flour mixture until it resembles sand.
  1. Add the sugar, salt and flour mixture to the yeast and mix until a dough forms (about 4 minutes on low with a dough hook), scraping down the sides of the bowl often.  Continue mixing until a wet and tacky dough has formed (about 2 additional minutes at medium speed).
  1. Place the dough in a large, lightly oiled bowl, turn once to coat all sides and cover with plastic wrap or a clean towel.  Let rise until an indentation remains when lightly pressed with a fingertip, about 45 – 60 minutes.
  1. Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and fold it into thirds like a letter.  Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until an indentation remains when lightly pressed with a fingertip, about 15 minutes.
  1. Preheat the oven to 475°F (use of a baking stone is useful but not necessary).  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  1. Uncover the dough and lightly dust both sides with semolina flour.  Gently roll or pat out the dough to about ½-inch thickness (take care not to deflate the dough too much).  Using English muffin rings or a pastry/pizza wheel, punch or cut to the desired shape (about 3-inches wide).
  1. Place the muffins on one prepared baking sheet and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rest for 15 minutes.
  1. Heat a nonstick skillet on medium heat for 5 minutes.  Taking care not to crowd the pan, cook the muffins in batches until both sides are browned.  Place cooked muffins on clean prepared baking sheet.
  1. Bake muffins until the internal temperature reads 205°F, about 6 – 8 minutes.
  1. Remove from the hot baking sheet and let cool on a rack before slicing.
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Bread Starters Part One: Preferments

by Sarah House in Featured Articles, Whole Grains 101

Here at Bob’s Red Mill, we love good bread, especially when it’s made with whole grains.  Do you know what we love even more?  Good whole grain bread that has flavor, loft, chewy crumb and hearty crust.  Sure, you can throw together some flour, water, salt and yeast and make a perfectly acceptable loaf.  But with a little bit of natural action (known as fermentation) your loaf can go from good to extraordinary!

In this series, we’ll explore the different types of starters and how to use them, incorporating whole grains, to produce the best bread you’ve ever made.  Once you go starter, you’ll never go back!

You may ask yourself: what is a starter?  Answer: magic.  Kinda.  Starters are fermented cultures much like beer, wine, yogurt, kombucha, coffee and chocolate (betcha didn’t know about those last two, huh?).  The natural yeasts and bacteria that surround us in the air and on the surface of grains are allowed to grow and multiply and create a bubbly little environment that, due to their carbon dioxide output, will give your bread strength, moisture, extended shelf life, color, chewier crumb and fabulously complex flavors.

If starters seem a bit intimidating, using a preferment will be a great big baby step into the world of natural yeast cultures.  Preferments are similar to sours and levains and provide many of the same benefits.  They also have a limited life, so there is no obligation to remember to feed them and keep them alive.  Essentially, a portion of the flour, water and yeast are mixed and allowed to ferment for up to 48 hours before tossing it in with your bread dough.

Let’s begin with two of the easiest preferments:  pâte fermentée and sponges.

Pâte Fermentée, which sounds so fancy and sophisticated, is essentially old dough.  That’s right, old dough.  And it’s so easy!  If you bake bread daily or every-other-day simply pinch off 1 – 2 oz of dough per loaf and save it in the refrigerator.  The next day, toss that same ratio of dough into the fresh batch you’re currently mixing.  You are not going to notice a huge flavor boost but the gluten strength, moisture and crumb will definitely benefit.

A sponge is another super easy and approachable preferment.  With the sponge method, a portion of the flour, water and yeast are mixed together and allowed to sit at room temperature for 30 – 60 minutes.  This mixture will begin to rise just like bread dough and you will see a marked difference in the height of the final baked bread.  To use a sponge, follow this formula:  from your bread recipe use 30% of the total flour for the sponge.  Add an equal amount (by weight) of water and all or half of the yeast.  You’ll know your sponge is ripe and ready to use when the batter is slightly bubbly.  Add this sponge with your remaining liquid ingredients and proceed with your recipe as usual.

Rye Bread Sponge Starter

Bob’s Red Mill Rye Bread Mix made with the standard method (L) compared to the mix made with the sponge method (R).  The sponge method has more height, an even crust and a more open crumb.


Prepare 30 – 60 minutes before baking.

Flour                30% of the total flour from your bread recipe

Water              equal weight as 30% of total flour

Yeast               50 – 100% of total yeast

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March Cooking Classes at Bob’s Red Mill

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Whole Grains 101

sprouting sprouts Sprouting with Dan Brophy!
Thursday, March 7, 2013
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Class fee $50.00

Join Master Gardener of Edible Plants, Chef Dan Brophy as he teaches us to garden in our kitchen sink! We know sprouts have more nutrition than their grown up counterparts, but what do you do with sprouts besides sprinkle them on salads or add them to your sandwich?  Grains, legumes, and assorted seeds can be transformed into tasty sprouts in as little as one week! Sample an assortment of sprouts in a variety of recipes. Learn to grow your own sprouts and use them to create healthy dishes.  His recipes include: Sprouted Wheat Bread Sticks, Curried Sprout Slaw, Sun-Dried Tomato and Sprout Frittata, Pad Thai with Tofu and Adzuki Bean Sprouts, Buckwheat Sprout and Apricot Ball, and Sprouted Lentil Soup.

Welcome Spring with David McIntyre!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Class fee $50.00

Early spring can bring a mix of weather, so we’ll highlight both hearty, warming dishes as well as brighter, herb-driven dishes. Join Chef David McIntyre as we focus on some less-familiar grains and beans to add to your daily repertoire. His recipes will include: Millet Couscous with a Cauliflower Tagine, Amaranth Pilaf, simple slow-cooked Cranberry Beans with Rosemary, a green, herb-packed Sorghum Tabouli, a Spring Vegetable Soup with Bulgur, and an easy, quick Oat Shortbread. Come be inspired!

david kobos bread bakingHands-On Artisan Breads for the Home Baker with David Kobos!
Thursday, March 21, 2013
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Class fee $60.00

If you desire to make beautiful loaves of artisan breads you see in all the bakeries around town, well dream no more! Join David Kobos, owner of Kobos Coffee, for this incredible Artisan Bread class. David will show you his easy methods to create your own spectacular crusty breads! His recipes will include: Classic Artisan White Loaf, Whole Wheat Artisan Bread, Multi-Grain Artisan Bread, and Sourdough Rye Artisan Bread. In this hands-on class, the techniques involved are so simple and straight-forward- No Prior Bread Baking Experience is Necessary! David will take you step-by-step through the process.  You will mix the dough in class, and the next evening at home you will bake your bread, just in time to serve a crusty loaf with dinner!

Supplies to bring to class: Apron, washcloth, 4-6 quart mixing bowl and rubber spatula.

Supplies you will need at home: 5-9 quart Dutch oven enameled or cast iron casserole with lid, an oven that will reach 450-500 degrees and a roll of parchment paper.                                                 Class fee $60.00


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All Day I Dream About Food: Pumpkin Coconut Bread (GF)

by Carolyn Ketchum in Gluten Free, Recipes

You would be hard pressed to find anything as warm and comforting as a piece of freshly-baked pumpkin bread on a crisp fall day.  There is just something about that combination of a large orange gourd baked with spices and sweeteners that seems to signify autumn and all the creature comforts that come with cooler weather and the impending holidays.  But as comforting as they are, most pumpkin breads aren’t exactly high ranking in the health department.  Full of sugar and refined flour, they fill you up with little to no redeeming nutritional value.

My kids adore pumpkin bread, and as I don’t want to deny them or myself this seasonal treat, I wanted to find a way to make it both healthy and delicious.  I’ve fallen hard for Bob’s Red Mill Organic Golden Flax Meal because the lighter colour means it blends in better in baked goods.  That and it’s got great flavor and is incredibly healthy.  So I knew I wanted that to be my base ingredient, but as I thought about what else to use, I got intrigued by the idea of a pumpkin coconut bread.  Pumpkin and coconut go beautifully together in soups, so I thought they might be great in a baked good as well.  And once it came out of the oven, I decided to go all out and drizzle it with a coconut glaze.

I was really pleased with the results and it was devoured quite quickly by the whole family.  It rose wonderfully, and made a very hearty breakfast or snack.  And a much healthier one too!  My kids preferred it without the glaze, as it was a little too much coconut for them, but I really enjoyed it with.

One word of note, I did use erythritol and stevia in place of sugar, which are both zero calorie sweeteners suitable for diabetics.  You can use whatever you want to sweeten this bread…honey, sugar or other sugar substitutes.

Pumpkin Coconut Bread – Gluten-Free

  • 1-½ cups Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flaxseed Meal
  • ½ cup Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour
  • ½ cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
  • ½ cup granulated Erythritol
  • 1/3 cup Unflavored Whey Protein Powder
  • 2-½ tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Bob’s Red Mill Xanthan Gum
  • 1 tsp ground Cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground Ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground Cloves
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1- 15 oz can Pumpkin Puree
  • 5 large Eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 15 drops Stevia Extract

Coconut Glaze:

  • 6 tbsp powdered Erythritol
  • 2 Tbsp Almond Milk
  • ½ tsp Coconut Extract

Preheat oven to 325F and grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, whisk together flax seed meal, coconut flour, shredded coconut, erythritol, protein powder, baking powder, baking soda, xanthan gum, spices and salt.

Stir in pumpkin puree, eggs, coconut oil, almond milk and stevia extract and mix until thoroughly combined.

Spread batter in prepared baking pan and bake 50 to 60 minutes, or until top is browned, firm to the touch and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes, then flip out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

For the glaze, whisk ingredients together until smooth.  Drizzle over cooled pumpkin bread and let set, about 20 minutes.

Carolyn Ketchum is a writer, a runner, a mother and a diabetic.  She is also the evil mastermind behind All Day I Dream About Food, a blog that focuses primarily on healthy low carb and gluten-free recipes. She has a Masters in Physical Anthropology and Human Evolution from Arizona State University and has an extensive background in higher education administration. She currently lives, bakes and cooks in the Boston area with her husband and three children. You can check out her experiments with low carb baking at All Day I Dream About Food.


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Comfy Belly: Cranberry Walnut Banana Bread

by Guest in Featured Articles, Recipes

Recipe courtesy of Erica Kerwien at www.comfybelly.com

Erica Kerwien at www.comfybelly.com

Fresh cranberries are a reminder that the holidays are coming. I look forward to seeing boxes and bags of cranberries piled high in the stores this time of year, and I always freeze some in a sealed bag for later use in breads, sauces, and jam.

Here’s a gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free recipe for cranberry bread using both almond and coconut flour, and it can be served any time of the day, or year for that matter. Fresh or frozen cranberries work with this recipe. And the sweetness of the banana combined with the tartness of the cranberries makes for an extra flavorful bread. Enjoy!

Cranberry Walnut Banana Bread

I give the cranberries a few pulses in a food processor to chop them, and I do the same for the walnuts.


  • 3/4 tsp of Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp of Sea Salt
  • 3/4 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Almond Flour
  • 1/4 cup of Bob’s Red Mill Coconut Flour
  • 2 Tbsp of Olive Oil (or Coconut Oil, Ghee, or other oil or butter)
  • 3 Eggs
  •  2 very ripe Bananas (about 1 cup of mashed banana)
  • 1/4 cup of Maple Syrup (or Honey or other liquid sweeteners)
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped Walnut pieces, (raw or toasted)
  • 1-1/2 cups of finely chopped Cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Tbsp of Lemon Zest (or Orange Zest will work also)

1. Preheat your oven to 350° F/175° C.

2. Using a whisk or fork, blend all the dry ingredients together.

3. Add the wet ingredients together, blend well, and then mix them into the dry ingredients. I use a mixer to ensure the batter is well blended.

4. Add the batter to a well-greased baking dish.

5. Bake for 45 minutes, or until the loaf browns on top and a toothpick inserted in the middle of the bread comes out clean.

6. Cool and slice to serve. Store sealed in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or seal tightly and freeze for up to 2 months.

Serves 8-10

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October Cooking Classes at Bob’s Red Mill

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles

We have some wonderful classes in store for you in October- including a hands-on bread baking class with David Kobos. This class fills quickly, so be sure to register today.  Call 503-654-3215 x 208 to register. Classes are held at our Whole Grain Store (see address at bottom).

Discover the ancient grain quinoa with Lori Sobelson.

The Versatility of Quinoa with Lori Sobelson!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $50

This month’s featured grain is my all time favorite, Quinoa! Quinoa is a wonderful nutritious grain that is very easy to prepare and extremely versatile in cooking. In this class my goal is to show you how to use this tasty, nutty grain in ways you’ve never thought of before! My quinoa recipes include: Easy Guacamole, Fruit Smoothie, Healthy Pancakes, Caribbean Quinoa & Squash, Stuffed Red Peppers, Tasty Quinoa & Scottish Oatmeal Hot Cereal, Black Bean Salad, Fruit Salad, Blueberry Muffins, and Chocolate Truffle Brownies. If you’ve never  incorporated this wonderful grain into your menu now is the time to do so with my easy, healthy, and tasty recipes! **Quinoa is a glutenfree grain however this class contains recipes with gluten.

Learn delicious ways to combine three garden staples—corn, beans and squash—with Dan Brophy.

Three Sisters From Your Garden with Chef Dan Brophy!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $50

Corn, Beans and Squash—an ancient association of three plants by Native American farmers. One of the original examples of integrated, vertical polyculture. Eating these three provides a complete protein from a plant source. Dan Brophy will be providing recipes which show this association/complementation including: Roasted Corn Chowder, Indian Corn Pudding, Black Bean Chili, Succotash, Basic Polenta and its many variations and Quinoa and Pumpkin Seed Pilaf baked into winter squash. Come and join us for this fall harvest celebration.

Learn how to make wonderful homemade bread with David Kobos.

Plump, Moist, Delicious Whole Grain Bread with David Kobos!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Class Fee: $60

This is the perfect class to explore turning Bob’s Red Mill whole grain flours and cereals into plump, moist, delicious loaves and rolls. In this hands-on bread baking 101 class, David Kobos, founder and president of Kobos Coffee, will introduce you to techniques of kneading, forming and baking breads and rolls with whole grains and flours. A few of his recipes are: Swiss Style Whole Grain, Oat Wheat, Whole Grain Beer Bread, Whole Grain English Muffins, and Whole Wheat Pizza Dough. You will leave with a loaf and some rolls to bake at home.
Supplies to Bring: One 4 to 6 qt. mixing bowl, apron, kitchen towel, bench knife or dough scraper, wooden spoon or spatula, a bread pan (8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ½ is best), cookie sheet and measuring cups.
*This class assumes no prior knowledge of bread baking.

Bob’s Red Mill Whole Grain Store
5000 SE International Way
Milwaukie OR 97222

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Classic Artisan Baking: Lavender Loaf {Giveaway}

by AmandaCarter in Contests, Featured Articles, Recipes

Have you been following the Summer Olympics? We’ve really enjoyed watching the events and rooting for our favorite athletes—in fact, we’re a bit sad that the games are almost over. Delectable recipes always cheer us up, though, and this British cookbook from our friends at Ryland, Peters & Small is not only full of tasty treats, it’s also fun way to commemorate the London Olympics.

Ryland, Peters & Small is a book publisher dedicated to capturing, “in words and pictures, those elements of life that give the greatest pleasure: sharing the perfect meal with friends, baking a batch of cookies with your children on a lazy Saturday and a home that makes you happy every time you open the front door.” When they reached out to us with this new book from their line, we loved it and thought you would, too—so we’re going to give away a copy!

Classic Artisan Baking by Julian Day compiles recipes for the most popular baked goods from Meg Rivers Artisan Bakery, a renowned British bake shop. Artful photos of delicious desserts fill the book, which is divided into sections for cakes, cookies, bars, breads and tarts. Each section is introduced with photos of English manors, farmhouses and countryside, setting a mood that perfectly complements the recipes—classic and crisp with a touch of rustic charm. Though there is definitely an emphasis on traditional English confections (tiffin, parkin, treacle tart and Banbury cakes, to name just a few), you’ll also find recipes for classic tarts and cookies from France and Italy, as well as solid renditions of universal favorites including brownies, carrot cake and banana bread. The difficulty level ranges from quite easy to rather challenging, and there are goodies for almost any occasion, whether you’re looking for an everyday snack like hearty muesli bars or a Christmas pudding for a special holiday meal. One thing we especially appreciate about this book is that the author helpfully provides American measurements and oven temperatures, so you don’t have to worry about converting from grams or Celsius.

Here’s a sample recipe to give you a taste of what Classic Artisan Baking has to offer.

Lavender Loaf

Lavender has been used for centuries as a flavoring for food, and it takes just a tiny amount to transform this simple cake into a delicately flavored delight, perfect for summer eating.

  • 1 stick plus 2 Tbsp Butter, soft
  • 2/3 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • grated zest of 1 Lemon
  • 3 Tbsp ground Almonds
  • 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/3 cup Self-Rising Flour*
  • 3 tsp dried Lavender flowers

1-lb loaf pan lined with loaf-pan liner

Serves about 8

Preheat the oven to 325°F.

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating between each addition. Add the lemon zest, ground almonds and flours and beat to a smooth batter. Finally, add the lavender and stir through.

Spoon the mixture into the prepared loaf pan, spread level and bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes. A skewer inserted into the middle of the loaf should come out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the pan for 30 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

This cake is best eaten on the day of baking, but will keep for up to 4 days in an airtight container or frozen for up to 2 months.

Tip: If using homegrown lavender, be sure to wash it thoroughly and dry it in the oven on low heat. Alternatively, you can buy dried lavender online at www.thefrenchybee.com.

*To make your own self-rising flour, combine 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and ½ teaspoon salt.

Want to win a copy of Classic Artisan Baking? To enter the contest, leave a comment on this post telling us which kind of baked good is your favorite to make with Bob’s Red Mill products. Cake, cookies, brownies, bread? We want to know! We’ll pick a winner from those of you who comment by 11:59 pm on 8/16. In addition to this wonderful book, the winner of the giveaway will receive a package of our Organic White Flour and a bag of Baking Powder, so you’ll be ready to try out a classic artisan recipe right away. 

We hope you’ll enjoy the book as much as we do. We only have one copy to give away, but if you aren’t the lucky winner and you’d like to get one for yourself, it is available for purchase on the Ryland, Peters & Small website.

Recipe and photos copyright Ryland Peters & Small $24.95; www.rylandpeters.com

Photography by Steve Painter 

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Meatless Mondays: Savory Oat Bread

by Cassidy Stockton in Featured Articles, Meatless Mondays, Recipes

I usually like to feature a main dish for Meatless Mondays to inspire you with a whole meal. Today, however, I’m sharing this fabulous recipe for Savory Oat Bread using our Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats. This quick bread is so easy to make and can be done in just 30 minutes if you want to make muffins or 40 minutes for a full loaf. The combined flavors of sun dried tomatoes, feta and green onions make it the perfect addition to a Greek or Caesar Salad (vegan in honor of MM). If warming up the oven doesn’t appeal on a hot summer day, try making these first thing in the morning when it’s still cool. Then, just pop them in the oven quickly to reheat before serving. Pair with a green salad of your choice and some grilled veggies, might we suggest this recipe for grilled zucchini or this one for spicy grilled eggplant?

Savory Oat Bread

Yield one 8 x 4 loaf

  • 1 cup Quick Cooking Steel Cut Oats
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • ¼ cup dried or 1/3 cup packed in oil, rinsed Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • (1 cup Boiling Water for dried sun dried tomatoes)
  • 2 Eggs, slightly beaten
  • ½ cup Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Unbleached White Flour
  • ½ cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • ½ cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup Green Onions, sliced 1/4″

In a large bowl, combine oats and buttermilk and let stand 1 hour.  Pour boiling water over dried sundried tomatoes, if using, to rehydrate and let stand 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400°F.  Lightly oil an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan or line a muffin tin with paper liners.  Drain sundried tomatoes, reserving soaking liquid, and roughly chop.

Sift together flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Add egg and oil to oat mixture, stirring until just combined.

Add dry ingredients to oat mixture, stirring until just combined.  Fold in sundried tomatoes, feta and green onions.  If batter seems very thick, add reserved tomato soaking liquid, about 2 Tbsp, until the batter reaches a thick yet pourable consistency.

Pour batter into prepared pan and tap gently on the counter to release any large air bubbles.  Bake until a tester comes out clean, about 25 – 30 minutes for muffins or 35 – 40 minutes for a loaf.

Serve warm.


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