In the health food community, and in the gluten-free communities, they also are popular both because of their great health benefits (fiber, protein minerals and vitamins etc.) and also because, when dried they can be ground into a gluten-free flour. This unusual bread adapted from a recipe in The Laurel's Kitchen Bread Book: A Guide to Whole-Grain Breadmaking .
It uses mashed, cooked chickpeas (not hummus which is flavored with spices) as well as whole wheat and all-purpose flour. Needless to say, it is super-healthy and just as important, it is delicious. Enjoy!
Here's What You'll Need for 1 loaf:
1 cup of cooked chickpeas
1 teaspoon of active dry yeast dissolved in 1/4 cup (60ml) warm water
1 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon honey
cooking water from chickpeas plus more water to make 1 cup liquid
1/8 cup (2 Tablespoons) olive oil (optional)
Here's What You'll Need to Do:
1. Cook the chickpeas in the water until very soft. If you are using canned chickpeas, this will take only a few minutes. If you are using dry beans, it can take as much as 3 hours of slow cooking. You decide. When they are done, drain, but save the water, then mash the chickpeas to as smooth as possible with a fork. Set aside.
2. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water. Dissolve the honey in the liquid (cooking water plus more to make 1 cup plus oil if using).
3. Mix together the flours and the salt, then add the liquids and the yeast mixture to the dry ingredients. Mix together and knead to form a soft, slightly tacky dough. It will be quite supple and elastic.
A quick way to do this is to use a food processor. A minute or two of mixing, using the steel blade and you are done. Just mix until the dough forms a ball and starts circling the processor bowl. You may find you need to add a bit (as much as 1/4 to 1/2 cup) of flour since the whole wheat absorbs more liquid than regular. Let the dough be your guide.
4. Place the dough in a lightly-oiled bowl, covered, until doubled. This can take 1 1/2 hours.
5. Punch down the dough, gently then flatten it to an even disk and leave it, covered, for about 20 minutes to relax.
6. Finally, shape the dough into a loaf shape, the length of your loaf pan, and let it rise, again covered until it fills the pan. This can take another hour.
7. Bake at 350 F (175 C) for about 30 minutes or until a rich golden brown and it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
8. Cool on a rack and store carefully to prevent it drying out. Enjoy!