Adapted from the book The Classic Wheat for Man Cookbook by Vernice Rosenvall, Mabel H.Miller and Dora D. Flack Make one of your a little healthier favorite treats using whole wheat instead of white flour(cuisinier étoilé).
1. Pour water into a large bowl. Add the yeast and let stand until it is frothy. In another bowl, combine eggs, honey or brown sugar, salt, oil, lemon zest, milk and water. Added to the yeast mixture.
2 Add flour, 1 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl, but it is still soft. Cover and let stand for 15 minutes.
3 Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead until it is smooth. Place in a greased bowl, cover until the dough has doubled.
4 Hitting the dough and let rise for another half hour. Hitting the dough and let rest 10 minutes. Roll the dough until it is approximately 9 x 18 inches. Spread the softened butter over the dough, then sprinkle with brown sugar.
5 Sprinkle with cinnamon, raisins and nuts. Starting with the long side, roll the dough and seal the edges by pinching them between your fingers.Cut the roll into slices.
6 Place the slices on a greased baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350 ° for 25 to 30 minutes.
Whole wheat has been gaining popularity as a diet concept since the discovery of the Glycemic Index and that fibre slows the release of insulin in the blood stream (thus reducing the storage of energy as fat), as well as having potential to reduce cholesterol and colon cancer. These are all great things, in fact, some could even say miraculous, but what does that have to do with whole grains?
Well one of the best sources of fibre is whole grains. Wheat bran (the outer layer of the wheat that is removed when making white flour) is made up almost 50% of fibre. This is great. Two slices of Weight Watchers Whole Wheat Bread contain approximately 5g of Fibre, putting them at or near the top of quantity of fibre in bread (remember, a slice of weight watchers bread is actually half a regular slice). The thing is, bread is also one of the number one sources of carbohydrates, those pesky things that cause a high GI response, as well as having a ridiculously high calorie density. As I have pointed out in You Are Not A Fit Person, two of the three sins a food can commit is high GI Response and high calorie density, so even though it may be an excellent source of fibre, it is terrible in all other ways.