Liam's Green Bread

Liam's Green Bread

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My son refuses to eat vegetables, but he loves bread. He would eat nothing but bread for breakfast, lunch and dinner, given the chance! So when he was about 5 years old, I thought, "Fine. You like bread? We've got zucchini-bread, pumpkin bread, banana bread." But since there were still no leafy greens in his diet, I took my Grandma's recipe for Yeast Rolls (which everyone loves), and added chopped spinach. Then, because his favorite color is green, I told him that it was "Green Bread". I wasn't about to call it Spinach Bread!

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Ingredients

  • 1 10-oz. pkg. frozen spinach
  • 1 C. warm water
  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast
  • 1/4 C. sugar
  • 1/4 C. olive oil + 1/8 C. olive oil
  • 1 C. whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbs. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 C. fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 C. all purpose flour

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Directions

Microwave frozen spinach on high for 5 minutes (or until fully defrosted) in a covered, microwave safe dish. Set aside to cool. (To speed this process up, you may return the spinach to the freezer or the refrigerator while preparing the bread dough.)

In a large bowl, sprinkle yeast into warm water. Let sit for 3 minutes. Add sugar and oil, and stir gently. Stir in whole wheat flour, garlic powder and salt. Squeeze water from defrosted spinach, one handful at a time. Stir spinach and basil into bread dough. Add all purpose flour, one cup at a time, using hands to knead in that last cup of flour thoroughly.

Spray a 13x8-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Form rolls by breaking off 2-inch balls of smooth bread dough. Line up rolls in baking dish. Cover with a damp towel and leave to rise in a warm place for 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook rolls for 15 minutes. Brush tops of rolls with olive oil. Cook for another 5 minutes, until tops are lightly brown. 

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