Easy to Make and Yummy to Taste: Bread

3 Feb

Raise your hand if you like eating healthy.

Now raise your hand if you like eating cabbage.

Raise your hand if you know what kale is.

Kale, my friends, is a is a form of cabbage. It’s dark green and it is mostly used as garnish on your plate.

What does it taste like?

Think of brussel sprouts meets asparagus. Bitter tangy, I guess.

I know, it sounds gross (and it does taste pretty icky when you eat it raw)…but it is one of the healthiest veggies on the face of the planet.

…And once cook properly, you can enjoy the maximum nutritional flavor.

Now I have eaten kale smoothies, kale chips, and pasta with kale. They only thing missing is bread.

Yup. That’s right. Kale Bread.

Ingredients:

1 large bunch kale, steamed for 5 minutes, excess water squeezed out

2 cups reserved kale steaming water, cooled to warm room temperature

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons olive oil, plus more for oiling bowl and pans

1 Tablespoon yeast, dissolved in 1/2 cup warm water

2 teaspoons salt 1 cup whole wheat flour

3 1/2 – 5 cups unbleached all purpose

2 oiled 8 inch cake pans, or 2 oiled cookie sheets

Directions:

1. Saute garlic in the olive oil briefly, do not let brown.  Cool to room temperature. In a large bowl combine the dissolved yeast mixture, salt, garlic and the oil it was sauteed in, reserved kale cooking water and the 1 cup of whole wheat flour. Mix well.

2. Add all the kale and start adding flour in half cup increments until the dough can be kneaded (hard to mix, and only slightly sticky). Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 5-7 minutes until dough is smooth.  Add more flour as needed. Place dough in a large greased bowl, and flip over so that the dough is oiled side up.

4. Cover with a clean dish towel and let rise in a warm, draft free place until the dough has doubled in size, approximately 1 hour. Punch down dough and form into 2 loaves — either in the cake pans (like in the picture) or free form on the cookie sheets.

5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake the loaves for about 35-40 minutes until bread sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

The recipe and picture is taken from "Frugal Feasts"

If you have any kale recipes that are worth sharing, by all means….share.

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One Response to “Easy to Make and Yummy to Taste: Bread”

  1. stayathometatte 02/03/2012 at 9:54 am #

    Looks delicious!

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