Hearty Whole Grain Basil Bread

24 Mar

I have always had a slight obsession with bread.

I think it stemmed from my early years…We would go to my grandmas and she would always have a fresh sour dough, or french loaf sitting on her counter.

It made me salivate every time I saw it.

And then I ate it. Alot of it.

I could pack a whole “loaf” or, shall we say yard stick, of that french bread sitting on the counter. Nothing could stop me.

You want to know what’s gross?

I would dip my bread in whole milk. White bread dipped in whole milk.

Doesn’t that make you hungry? No? Well then maybe this will..

You see, for birthdays, we always got to go to our favorite restaurants. I, every year, chose olive garden, and you can bet it wasn’t for the all you can eat salad..It was for the all you can eat breadsticks. And trust me, I ate all that I could eat.

Of coarse, NOW I have learned some self control, but I still drool when I walk past bakeries, and gaze at fresh baked breads through the window. Sure I could have a slice…But I want the whole loaf. Just me, my loaf, some Real Housewives of O.C., and a big glass of milk soy milk.

A girl can dream right.

But I can assure you that I definitely don’t deprive. It may not be a loaf, but it isn’t a slice fit for a Baby Boo either. And although sourdough bread will always have a special place in my heart, I have grown to love whole grains.

It makes me happy to know that I can enjoy one of my favorite foods while still getting a lot of nutrients for my body. Nothing over processed and nothing bleached, it’s just pure and natural grains.

And sure I can buy any kind of loaf like that at the grocery store, but there is something much tastier about fresh bread coming straight out of your oven. Your in control of what goes into it, including the bread and your body. Also not to mention, hot & steamy out of the oven…

Oh, sorry wrong picture,

Hot and steamy out of the oven…


Heart Whole Grain Basil Bread

adapted from MarthaStewart

Two 1/4 ounce envelopes active dry yeast

2 1/4 cups warm water (110 deg)

2 tsp. honey

3 TB. 100% pure maple syrup

4 TB unsalted butter (melted)

3 cups whole wheat pastry four

1 cup whole grain all purpose baking flour (or could sub more whole wheat pastry flour)

2 cups unbleached all purpose flour

4 tsp. coarse salt

1 cup fresh chopped basil (large chunks)

1/3 cup millit

1/2 cup rolled oats

1/4 cup flax seeds

1 TB chia seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup sesame seeds

1 egg white


1. Soak millet in 1/2 cup warm water for 20 minutes, set aside. In a separate bowl add 1/2 cup warm water and sprinkle yeast in. Add 2 tsp. of honey and whisk together until combined. Set aside for 10 minutes, or until foamy/frothy. Yeast should look like so:

2. In a separate bowl add flours and salt and whisk together. Once yeast is ready, pour yeast into a mixing bowl fitted with dough hook. Add melted butter, 1 1/2 cups warm water, and 3 TB maple syrup. Mix until combined. Then add 3 cups of flour mix. Mix on low speed until smooth. Then add in millet (plus water in bowl), and the rest of the seeds/oats, and basil.

Mix at low speed until combined. Then add remaining flour until dough is combined and somewhat smooth.

3. On a floured surface kneed dough for about 5 minutes until a smooth ball forms,like so:

Place dough in greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise for an hour or so. (I did about 1 1/2 hours)

4. When dough has risen, punch it in the face,

Show it whose boss, and then divide dough into about 6 or 7 balls. Form balls and place on cookie sheet fitted with a cooking mat.

5. Take your egg white, and add a little water, and brush the tops of the dough balls. Then cover baking sheet with plastic and let dough sit for about another 1 1/2 hours.

Let those bad boys rise!

6. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees, and when the dough is ready, bake for about 22-25 minutes, rotating pan halfway through.

7. Try not to pass out of excitement due to the most amazing smell that will fill your house!

Pull out of the oven…and smile!

(Don’t forget to brush with more butter straight out of the oven :})

I always get so nervous when it comes to baking bread. My first fear is that it wont rise, and my second is that it will be too hard…

Well my friends, it was perfect.

The first thing I did was cut it open. I didn’t even wait for it to cool, hence the third degree burns on my finger…and tongue.

But so worth it. I love the grains and seeds that I get in each bite, with a hint of sweet basil. It’s a beautiful combination.


It didn’t stop.

I wanted more, but I couldn’t just grab the loaf and eat away like it was an apple.

I mean I could have…But I’m raising a daughter..And I think she is too young to learn her MaMa is crazy.

So I just had to make a “meal” out of it.

Goat cheese, tomatoes, cucumbers, spinach, and Bitchin’ Sauce…

Have you ever wanted to make out with your food?

Sweet Baby Bread Loaves!

Good thing I have learned some self control..

Because if not..

There was about to be an all you can eat bread loaves…

Pass the milk!

20 Responses to “Hearty Whole Grain Basil Bread”

  1. Jenny March 24, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Bread and Ryan Reynolds displayed on the same post?! Omgawww 😉 I am a big bread girl too, I love the texture, and the softness of it. I feel like I can smell the basil from here haha

    • ThE DiVa DiSh March 25, 2011 at 4:38 am #

      It was so yummy smelling! Such a great smell to come home to!

  2. Donna March 24, 2011 at 11:36 pm #

    Yummmo…def gonna try this one!

  3. adventuresofpretendcook March 25, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    That bread looks so unbelievably good. The pictures made me want to make out with it. 🙂

  4. The Mrs. March 25, 2011 at 12:38 am #

    Okay…this seriously looks delicious.. now I just need to get rid of my fear of baking bread :/

    • ThE DiVa DiSh March 25, 2011 at 12:48 am #

      I know I get so nervous every time I bake bread! It’s scary, but I promise just keep trying and it will be perfect! I still mess up! It took me 3 times to get the yeast right! haha

  5. Ashley March 25, 2011 at 2:21 am #

    I am drooling! Your food photos are amazing as well. If you don’t mind, I am going to link up to this post on Sat. Oh and the milkshake you posted yesterday looks even more amazing. If only I had dates right now!!!!

    Love all your posts 🙂

    • ThE DiVa DiSh March 25, 2011 at 4:39 am #

      Thank you so much! And no I don’t mind at all! Get some dates girl 🙂

  6. Stephanie March 25, 2011 at 2:36 am #

    Seriously? You’re killing me here. That looks so amazing. I can practically smell it though the screen.

  7. mindrunningwild March 25, 2011 at 2:46 am #

    um YUM? those pictures are so beautiful and you can totally see the texture in the bread. wow. you totally captured it I can almost taste it. yumyumyum

  8. Jess@HealthyExposures March 26, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    I think if you were standing in front of me with this bread right now, I’d be staring at you similar to how cats do to birds at a bird-feeder. With a little bit of added drool.
    This bread looks fantastic, and I’m glad to have found your blog. Can’t wait to follow you!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh March 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

      haha that made me laugh 😉
      Thanks so much! I am glad you found me also!

  9. helennaturally March 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    I love bread, I am so jealous right now. However, I don’t think I could have that many loaves sitting in my house – not good!

    I am married to an Italian so we have to have some type of bread at every meal, I have had to learn some really good self control/will power. I hate to admit this but I have gone to buying frozen bread so I can only cook enough for him!

    • ThE DiVa DiSh March 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

      My family is Italian too, that’s why my grandma always had bread! Its so yummy but dangerous lol. I froze those extra loaves I had. Its a good idea to just pull them out when you need them, or like only have a certain amount around 🙂


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