Whole Grain Sandwich Bread

Running:  It’s Friday! It’s so nice to be running again.  I’m still a little bummed about pulling out of the marathon, but I keep reminding myself that there will be many more opportunities for marathons.

In the meantime, I’m living vicariously through many of you who are training.  I am especially excited for Kim who has her first marathon this weekend!  Her training has been so solid, and with every new long run distance, she was amazed at what her body was capable of.  I’m sure she’d appreciate a little encouragement if you want to stop over at her blog and wish her the best!

And since Kim is always posting motivational quotes, here are a few marathon quotes for her (and anyone else racing this weekend):

“Pain is temporary; Pride lasts forever.”

“The fastest way to the finish is running!”

“There is nothing to be intimidated about – it’s just another long run where a few more people show up and they happen to wear numbers.”

Eating:  I promised to share the bread recipe from a week ago, and am finally getting around to it. Several of you asked about bread machines: I do not have one, and I prefer to knead it and let it rise myself.  But I imagine it could be done either way.  Let me know if you try it in a bread machine successfully!

Seeded Whole Wheat Bread  (Print recipe)

  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 Tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 Tbsp wheat gluten (optional)
  • 3 c. whole wheat flour (or ww bread flour)
  • 3 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp oil
  • 2-3 c. white bread flour
  • 1 c. ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 c. raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp each sesame, poppy, and chia seeds
  • 2 tsp salt

Dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit for five minutes.  Mix in gluten, whole wheat flour and honey, and let sit another 5 minutes while yeast develops. Stir in the oil.   Add remaining ingredients starting with 2 c. bread flour, adding more until it makes a stiff, smooth dough.  Knead about 10 minutes.

Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease both sides, cover with a damp cloth, and let rise until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.  Punch down, divide dough in half, let rest 5 minutes.  Then shape dough into loaves and place in greased loaf pans or shape into round loaves and place on baking sheet, greased and sprinkled with cornmeal.  Cover and let rise another hour.  Bake in preheated oven at 375 for 30 minutes.

*Gluten is optional, but it helps the bread rise and gives it a nicer texture.

Winning:  And finally, thanks to all of you who entered the Nathan handheld giveaway! This was a fun one for me, because there are 3 winners, and I like winners!

The three names were drawn using the True Random Number Generator at random.org, and here are the final results:

#49-  Andrea M,      # 36- Laurel C,         #20- Terzah B 

Congratulations, ladies!  Email me your address, and I’ll get these out to you.


36 thoughts on “Whole Grain Sandwich Bread

  1. Yay! I can’t wait to try the bread!

    Congrats to the winners! I’ll definitely check your friend’s blog out next week!

    I race a half marathon on Sunday!

  2. This post totally made my day! 🙂 Thank you so so much. Your positive words, encouragement and support along the way has been amazing. I appreciate it so much! I can’t wait to say that I too am a marathoner. These quotes are great. I’m working on a little pre-race motivation to read on Saturday and Sunday morning so I am definitely going to add those quotes you shared to that list. Thank you again for the love!
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  3. Ooh. I can’t wait to go and make that bread! I don’t eat bread very often, but this one sounds really, really good!

    A quote I like is: “In running, it doesn’t matter whether you come in first, in the middle of the pack, or last. You can say, ‘I have finished.’ There is a lot of satisfaction in that.”
    -Fred Lebow, New York City Marathon co-founder
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  4. I’m so glad you are running again! I feel the same way about the half I was supposed to be running on April 15, but it’s all for the long run, right?

    I do plan to try that recipe (or, let’s be honest, have my husband try it–he’s the baker–we’ll let you know how it works at altitude!).

    And yay on the giveaway! I’ve actually had a good run of luck lately. Emailing you right now!
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  5. you’re so right, there will ALWAYS be another race or another opportunity to prove yourself……it’s smart that you listened to your body and made the best decision for you.

    and I won your giveaway!!!! yay!!!!

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