The combination of lentils and wheat flour in this dense, hearty and egg-free bread provides both the legume and grain necessary for a complete vegetarian protein. For this reason it provides all the nutrients necessary for a healthy snack all by itself.
HERBED LENTIL BREAD
1/3 cup lentils
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
3/4 cup non-fat milk
2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1envelope ( 1/4 -ounce) active dry yeast (check date on package before using)
3/4 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
2cups whole-wheat flour
2 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
Combine the water, lentils, rosemary and thyme in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, for 30 minutes, or until the lentils are tender but not mushy. Drain and set aside.
Pour the milk in the same saucepan and bring just to the boiling point. Stir in the sugar, salt, olive oil and drained lentils. Set aside to cool slightly.
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water and allow to stand for 3 minutes. Add it to the milk mixture, mix well and transfer to a large bowl. Add the whole-wheat flour and mix well. Stir in the all-purpose flour, mixing until the dough can be formed into a ball.
Put the dough ball on a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Spray the bowl with a non-stick cooking spray and place the dough in the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and a damp towel and set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Punch the dough down and form into a loaf shape. Place in a standard size loaf pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick cooking spray. Cover and allow to again double in size, about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the bread in the preheated oven and bake for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and continue to bake for 35 more minutes, or until the top is a golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped. Allow the bread to come to room temperature before slicing. Makes 24 slices. Each slice contains approximately 97 calories; no cholesterol; 1 gm fat; 95 mg sodium; 3 gm protein; 18 gm carbohydrates.