Introduction: Acorn Bread
In this instructable I will show you how to make acorn bread. This acorn bread recipe is very easy to make using simple ingredients. Awhile ago I uploaded a video/instructable on how to process acorns for food and how to make acorn flour. So now that you have done that and have some acorn flour, you need some recipes. This acorn bread is not gluten free, but the acorn flour enhances the bread and gives it a heartier quality and adds some additional nutrients. The flavor is slightly sweet with a hint of nuttiness, and oh so yummy! You can make the bread less sweet by adding less sugar. If I can make it you can make it! Let's get baking!
Learn how to make acorn flour here: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Process-Ac...
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Step 1: Ingredients/Tools
You can print the recipe here on my website.
- 1 cup of water (240mL)
- 2 1/4 tsp. of active dry yeast (11g)
- 2 Tbsp. of oil (vegetable, olive, coconut, etc.) (30mL)
- 1/3 cup of white granulated sugar (45g)
- 2 tsp. of honey (14g)
- 1 tsp. of salt (5g)
- 1/2 cup of acorn flour (75g)
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups of bread flour or all-purpose (300 to 360g)
- wooden spoon
- damp cloth
- 5x9 bread pan
Step 2: Prep the Yeast
First let's get that yeast going. Heat up your water to 105 to 115 F. Then add in about 1 tsp. of sugar to the warm water. Next add in your yeast. You can agitate it a bit with a fork. Now let it sit for about 10 minutes until it gets nice and foamy/frothy. If after 10 minutes it isn't foamy, you need to start again. The yeast might be bad/old, or the water was too hot or too cold.
Step 3: Sugar, Oil, Honey, Flour
Next we will add in the rest of our sugar, oil, honey and about 1 cup of the bread flour. Use a wooden spoon to mix those ingredients all together.
Step 4: Add and Mix
Now we add the star of this instructable, our homemade acorn flour. Then add about one more cup of flour, and add the salt on top. Next mix everything together. The dough will start to form now. Add a little bit more flour until everything comes together nicely and it isn't too sticky.
Step 5: Knead That Dough
Next we will place the dough on a floured surface, then we will knead the dough for 8 minutes. We will add more flour as necessary when the dough gets sticky again. You may or may not have flour left over after you are done kneading. To knead the dough, fold the dough over, then push down with your palm, then turn the dough 1 quarter turn and repeat. Or just use a stand mixer with a dough hook. lol. I always hand knead my dough however.
Step 6: Oil, Towel, Rise
Now let's oil up a large bowl and place our dough in it. Make sure you turn the dough all around so it gets nice and coated with the oil. The oil will help it to not dry out. Place a damp towel on top and put it somewhere warm to rise. The damp towel will also help the dough to not dry out. You could use a dough proofer too if you like. Let the dough rise for 60 to 90 minutes until the dough at least doubles in size.
Step 7: Shape That Dough
After the dough has risen, punch it down a bit and then shape it on your surface into a loaf. Then place it in a 5x9 bread pan. You shouldn't need to spray the pan, since the dough should still be coated with oil. But you may want to just in case.
Step 8: Cover, Rise, and Bake
Now let's cover the dough again and let the dough rise for another 60 to 90 minutes, until again the dough doubles in size. Next we will bake it in a preheated oven at 350 F (176 C) for about 35 minutes. Make sure to check it out after 25 to 30 minutes, if the top is getting too brown, loosely place some aluminum foil on top. Let the bread cool for a few minutes in the pan.
Step 9: Serve It Up!
Now take the bread loaf out of the pan and let it cool completely on a wire rack. Next, cut yourself a slice, add some butter, honey, jelly, jam, whatever you like, and take a bit! I even love it plain. Enjoy!
Print the acorn bread recipe on my website.
Step 10: Video Tutorial
Now watch those steps in action by checking out the video tutorial. :)
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Question 3 years ago on Step 3
Great videos! I’ve enjoyed making acorn bread before. I’ve just made a new batch of flower (before watching this sadly) using the boil method 7 times. I left the thin husk on them by mistake. My question is: will this part do you any harm? They taste good btw , just a very sam all hint of acceptable bitterness . Thank you!
Answer 3 years ago
Thank you! :) The thin husk does contain tannins which aren't good for you, but after boiling it 7 times and as long as the water came out clean on the last time after boiling, I am guessing you successfully leached out the tannins in the thin husks. I can't say for sure however, if they will do any harm at this point.
4 years ago
I've tried acorns, and it's a really neutral flavour. I'm not sure if it was because of the blanching process that got rid of the tannins, but I found the overall taste bland, but the texture kind of like crushed walnut.
Not a critique btw. It's a very good instructable. I like the close up shots.
4 years ago
If you keep using up all the acorns, the squirrels are going to form a lynch mob...lol
Reply 4 years ago
bahahahaha, I was just over at the place I go them today, and there are still more acorns. I don't think the squirrels have found that honey hole for acorns yet. lol