Liam's Green Bread
- 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
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.