"Don't want to add more sugar and oil to it." What's in your dough now?knightrider wrote: ↑Thu Apr 30, 2020 11:55 pm Any suggestions on what to add to basic whole wheat bread recipe to give some flavor? I have a bread machine which makes excellent 1lb loafs . It's an older machine from the 80s by Welbilt. The bread comes out nice and light but overall it lacks any flavor. Don't want to add more sugar and oil to it. Any simple spices or something I can add?
I tried adding in home-made apple sauce instead of sugar and water but I didn't taste it at all!
My basic 100% whole wheat recipe just has flour, water, salt, yeast, and vital wheat gluten; my half-whole wheat is the same without the gluten (thank you, Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day).
When I want to add flavor I add a little fat to the dough: a quarter-cup of olive oil or, better yet, 1/4 stick butter melted (yum); or shred some cheddar cheese into it. Or cut up some bacon into small pieces and toss it in.
(Usually I just add the fat after baking, which provides greater flexibility: toast a slice and spread butter on it, or dip it in olive oil, or melt cheese on it )
Flavor without fat: I toss a generous amount of whatever's in Italian herb seasoning containers into the dough. Smells delicious when baking, and tastes pretty good.