Josey Baker Bread

seedbread

I ran into the recipe for the Josey Baker's Adventure bread a while ago but put it off for some time, because honestly, baking bread is daunting to me. However, when I came up with doing the Seed Series for a week, I figured making this bread would be a wonderful way to tie it all together. 

This recipe is written in verbatim from David Lebovitz's blog "living the sweet life in Paris,".

One 9 or 8-inch by 4-inch loaf pan (20cm by 10cm), oiled

Dry ingredients

2 1/4 cups (235g) rolled oats
1 cup (160g) sunflower seeds (hulled)
1/2 cup (65g) pumpkin seeds (hulled)
3/4 cup (90g) almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
3/4 cup (120g)  flax seeds
1/3 cup (25g) psyllium seed husks (see note)
3 tablespoons (25g) chia seeds
2 teaspoons (12g) fine sea salt

The wet stuff

2 tablespoons (40g) maple syrup
1/4 cup (55g) olive oil
2 1/2 cups (600g) water

1. Gather your foodstuffs. Toast the seeds. Preheat your oven to 350ºF (180ºC.) Spread the sunflower and pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and toast until they start to brown, about 15 minutes, stirring halfway during baking.

(David: The seeds may take less time to toast, so keep an eye on them.)

2. Measure ingredients. Dump this stuff (all the dry ingredients) into big bowl. Then pour in the wet stuff.

3. Mix it all up. Oil your loaf pan, and then mush up your “dough” real good with your strong hands or a big spoon. Take pride in your mush-job; this is all of the handling you’re doing to do with this “dough.” Once it’s mixed real good, scoop it into your oiled pan and smooth out the top so it looks nice. Then stick it in the fridge and leave it alone for at least a few hours, up to a whole day.

4. Bake it. Put a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 400ºF (200ºC.) Remove the bread from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Bake the bread for about an hour or so, then take it out and gently remove the loaf from the pan. Let cool on a cooling rack for at least 2 hours (YES, two whole hours). Don’t rush it here folks, this bread is D*E*N*S*E, and if you don’t wait for it to cool, it really won’t be as yummy.

6. Toast and eat. This bread is definitely best sliced nice and thin (around 1/2-inch, 12mm) and then toasted up and spread with whatever your heart desires. And don’t worry if you’re adventuring somewhere without toaster access (like a gorgeous river in the middle of nowhere), it will still be scrumptious, I promise.

Here are some tips of my own:

I oiled the cookware with ghee, but I butter, olive oil and coconut would do just fine. 
Gluten-free folks should use certified gluten-free oats. 
Let the dough cool down after taking it out from the fridge and before you put it in the oven. 

Recipe from Josey Baker Bread, San Francisco via David Lebovitz at http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2014/05/josey-bakers-gluten-free-recipe-adventure-bread/