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Whole-Grain Cricket Bread

Photo: Ann Pittman
Active time 10 mins
Total time 18 hrs
Yield

Serves 12 (serving size: 1 slice)

Cricket flour is high in protein and offers an eco-friendly alternative to large-animal farming. The flour is finely milled, toasty-smelling (with a fragrance similar to roasted almonds), and easy to work into breads, cookies, or snack bars. This no-knead bread recipe benefits from a long, hands-free, room-temperature fermentation period, so plan to start a day ahead of when you plan to serve the bread. And each slice contains a whopping 10 grams of protein! Vital wheat gluten, found on the baking aisle with the flours, helps this dense, whole-grain bread rise; without it, the bread might turn out quite dense. If you don’t have hemp seeds on hand, just top with sesame seeds.

Ingredients

  • 13 ounces whole-wheat flour (about 3 1/4 cups)
  • 2/3 cup 100% cricket flour
  • 2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon white and black sesame seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hemp seeds
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 160
  • fat 3.2 g
  • satfat 0.2 g
  • monofat 0.2 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 10 g
  • carbohydrate 25 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • sugars 0 g
  • cholesterol 17 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 266 mg
  • calcium 31 mg

How to Make It

  1. Weigh or lightly spoon whole-wheat flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine whole-wheat flour, cricket flour, vital wheat gluten, salt, and yeast in a large bowl. Add water; stir well to form a soft dough. Cover loosely, and let stand at room temperature for 16 to 18 hours.
  2. Turn dough out onto a piece of parchment paper; lightly knead dough 2 to 3 times. Shape dough into a ball on parchment, smooth side up. Cut 2 (1/2-inch-deep) slits in top of dough; sprinkle with sesame seeds and hemp seeds. Coat a large bowl with cooking spray; invert bowl, coated side down, over dough. Let rise 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Place a large covered Dutch oven inside oven. Preheat oven to 450° (leave pan in oven as it heats).
  4. Carefully remove Dutch oven from heated oven; remove lid. Remove inverted bowl from dough. Lift dough, on parchment paper, and carefully place dough and parchment into hot Dutch oven. Cover with lid; bake at 450° for 30 minutes.
  5. Carefully remove lid from Dutch oven; bake bread an additional 15 minutes or until crusty on top.
Also appeared in: April, 2017;