A great replacement for sliced bread at breakfast, bread bites are a cross between biscuits and a savory cookie. The kefir gives them a lighter composition and slight tang. They are perfect for dipping in egg yolk or spreading with jam and cream cheese. This batch size lasts for about one work-week of breakfasts for two people.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour (plus extra while kneading)
- 1 tbs. raw sugar
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 tbs. baking powder
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 1 cup kefir milk
- 1 egg yolk
- ¼ cup linseed or sesame seed
- 7 sprigs of dill (optional)
- ½ cup pitted black olives (optional)
How to prepare:
Preheat the oven to 350F. Begin by putting the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a large bowl and mixing lightly. In the middle of the dry ingredients pour the olive oil and kefir milk. Being sure your hands are very clean, begin to mix the liquid into the flour mixture. The dough will start to form; at which point, begin to knead it. While you are kneading continue to add small amounts of flour until the dough is no longer wet and has the pliability of child’s play dough. At this point you may add the chopped dill and sliced olives for a saltier and more distinct flavor.
When the dough is ready, you can prepare the baking tray. Either oil the tray or use baking parchment to line the tray. Taking a golf-ball sized amount of dough, roll it between your hands until it makes a rope about four inches long. Bend the rope in half and twist the two hanging pieces together. Feel free to be creative with the bread shapes: braids, rolls, and pretzel-shapes are also possible. Just be sure every bread bite is approximately the same shape for even baking.
Using a cooking brush, spread the egg yolk over each biscuit evenly. It should be a light covering of egg; just enough to leave a gloss over the dough. Sprinkle the tops with the desired amount of seed.
Place in the oven, and bake between 15 to 20 minutes. The baking time may be longer depending on the heaviness of the flour used. Check for a light brown color on the top of the bread bites. Remove the bread bites from the tray and let cool.