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Flour-based bread is classic comfort food that is delicious, and goes well with a variety of dishes such as soups and salads. However, it is full of carbohydrates and can lead to weight gain. This is where sorghum bread comes in to save the day with its prolific nutritional profile. Sorghum or jowar is a nutrient-heavy grain, rich in vitamins and minerals like B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and zinc. Moreover, it is also a great source of fibre, antioxidants, and protein.
Using sorghum to bake bread also ensures that you get a gluten-free option at your disposal that’s perfect for gluten-sensitive people, who are looking at a viable substitute to flour-based bread.
Hence, to help you enjoy a nice filling meal with your favourite side dish, we bring to you an easy recipe for sorghum bread that you can make from the comfort of your home.
Serves: 10 – 12 slices
Calories: 100-110 per slice
3 tsps active dry yeast
2 tbsp raw sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water
2 1/2 cups sorghum flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 tsp salt
4 large eggs
Olive oil to grease the pan
1/2 cup mix of seeds of your choice (optional – chia/flax)
Step 1: Mix the yeast, sugar (1 tablespoon), and warm water together, and let it sit in a warm place for 5-7 minutes, until it becomes frothy with small bubbles.
Step 2: In a bowl, combine the sorghum flour, corn starch, salt and remaining half of the sugar with a whisk.
Step 3: Beat the eggs in a separate small bowl, pour both the egg and yeast mixtures into the bowl with sorghum flour, corn starch, sugar and salt mix for a minute or so, until you get a dough-like consistency.
Step 4: Grease a loaf pan with olive oil and put the dough mixture into the pan.
Step 5: Smooth the surface of the dough with the back of a wet spatula, and sprinkle the top with a mix of seeds of your choice (e.g. chia/flax).
Step 6: Let the dough rest in a warm place (microwave that is not in use or in an oven that is switched off), until the dough doubles in size.
Step 7: Ensure to preheat the oven to 350°F about 15-20 minutes before the dough has risen, and bake for 45 minutes to one hour.
Step 8: Bake until the loaf is light golden brown on top, and cool it completely before serving.
This delicious bread can be stored in an airtight container, placed in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can use it for breakfast, or turn it into a healthy midday snack!