THM "Everything" Braided Bread
Updated: Sep 29, 2018
I love an "Everything" bagel, but store-bought ones are not on the THM plan - all that luscious chewiness comes at a price of too many carbs, even for an "E" meal. That doesn't mean I won't ever eat one again, but I won't keep them in the pantry for everyday breakfasts.
But when you think about it....the best part of the Everything bagel is the Everything seasonings on top! So why not use those seasonings to spice up an already tasty Sprouted Wheat Sandwich Bread?
I thought a braid shape would be interesting for this bread, but you could add the Everything seasongs to a standard loaf I believe. While this bread is still fluffy, the lack of pan support tends to cause it to rise "out" more than "up". But this gives it more top surface for the seasonings so it's not a problem in my opinion!
I think this would be a very impressive bread to serve with any E dinner, still warm from the oven. Let's do it!
"Everything" Braided Bread
Start with the Sprouted Wheat Sandwhich Bread recipe. Follow the instructions up to the "Shaping" portion of the recipe - your last step should be the addition of some extra sprouted flour to remove any stickiness prior to final shaping.
Once you have the dough rolled out flat, divide it into three pieces. Roll each piece into a rope-like shape about 12-13" in length using extra flour if needed to prevent sticking. Place the 3 pieces side by side on a parchment lined cookie sheet, pinch the ends together and create a braid. Pinch the 3 pieces together on the opposite end. Fold the ends under. Your final braid should be about 11" long.
Allow your braid to rise until doubled. Begin preheating your oven about 15 minutes after starting the second rise which should take 30-40 minutes.
Stir together the following ingredients for the Everything topping. (Or you can buy prepared Everything seasoning online. )
1/4 t coarse sea salt or kosher salt
3/4 t. dried onion flakes
1/4 t. dried garlic flakes
1 t. sesame seeds
1 t. poppy seeds
1-2 T liquid egg whites from carton or 1 egg white and 2 t. water
Combine the seasoning together in a small bowl. (Depending on the coarseness of your seasonings and salt, you may what to grind them a bit in a grinder to your preference.) Brush the top of the braid with the egg whites; sprinkle on your seasoning. Bake for 25 minutes until golden brown.
Remove from the pan as soon as it's safe to handle the pan a - cool on a wire rack. To store, wrap your bread in paper towel to absorb any excess moisture and store in the refrigerator in a sealed container or storage bag.
Are you a knitter? Everything Bread is shown in the knitted Jacquard Basket, an exclusive Topazzi Knitting Patterns design available for purchase here on Ravelry or here on the Knit Picks website. The instructions to make your own basket are available from both sites as a digital PDF file.
The Jacquard Basket shown was knit from Knit Picks' "Dishie" 100% cotton yarn, also available on the Knit Picks' website. Colorways used were "Silver" and "Swan".