Struan: a special bread made from all the grains harvested during the year
This month, Elle, of Feeding My Enthusiasms, was our Kitchen of the Month. While organizing her cookbook collection, she came upon one that 'called' to her: Sacramental Magic in a Small Town Cafe, written in 1994 by Peter Reinhart. That particular book shared a recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Struan Bread, and, in turn, Elle shared it with us.
The bread has tons of flavor from the various grains: coarse-grained cornmeal (or polenta), rolled oats, cooked brown rice, and wheat bran. Since I don't store large quantities of wheat bran, I went to my local Smart & Final store, where I browsed the bins. As luck would have it, I found coarse-grained polenta in addition to the bran, so, after purchasing small amounts of both, I was ready to bake. I usually keep cooked brown rice in the freezer, and always have rolled oats (and buttermilk) on hand.
I used golden raisins in the bread -- a personal preference, but I suspect other dried fruits would work as well.
The original recipe makes three large loaves. Because I only have two 9x5 pans, I made one-third of the recipe, calculating all the ingredients as precisely as I could (lots of 2 tablespoons 2 teaspoons!). It all baked up just fine. I suspect some of the other Babes did a similar thing, so check their blogs for other versions. The original recipe can be found on Elle's blog, so you can decide which one to bake.
I also used my stand mixer to knead the dough for the suggested fifteen minutes. Saves the hands and frees you up to do other tasks. My initial rise took a bit longer than an hour, closer to two, but the second rise was right on target. It's probably because my kitchen/house is on the cooler side.
Before I rolled the dough, I brushed it lightly with melted butter, then sprinkled on the cinnamon sugar. I did add some on the top of the loaf, however, I would skip that next time and just add more to the inside.
If you wish to bake along this month, send your photos and story to Elle by the 29th to be included in the Buddy Roundup.
And, since I still have some polenta and wheat bran remaining, I suspect I'll be baking this delicious loaf again.