What is Hunza Bread?
What is Hunza Bread? I found the recipe several years ago on www.naturalcures.com and thought it sounded healthy and delicious. Before I started to write this post, I decided to google “Hunza” and I learned that it refers to a place in Pakistan which is a tiny kingdom located in a remote valley 100 miles long and 1 mile wide, situated at an altitude of 8500 feet and completely enclosed by mountain peaks known in the west as the Himalayas. The people of Hunza, called Hunzakuts, were found by outside explorers to be in good health, to be slender, athletic and to live long lives, although their ages could not be verified since the Hunzakuts kept no written records. The Hunza people were so isolated from other places that they had never experienced war.
Many have attributed the longevity of the Hunza people to their diets including Hunza Bread. Many scams such as the Hunza Diet and the Hunza Bread Diet have been perpetrated over time. Many myths have grown about Hunza and the people that live there – perhaps partially related to an old movie of 1937 called Lost Horizon.
Have you ever heard of Shangri-La?
As I was reading about Hunza, I thought this information sounded somewhat familiar to me. I noticed some similarities to the story of Lost Horizon, written by James Hilton and adapted to film by Frank Capra in 1937. (I like old movies!) Lost Horizon was an enormously popular novel in which a group of refugees from a Chinese revolution board a plane headed to the Himalayas to escape. The plane crashes and the survivors find themselves stranded in snow-capped mountains. They are rescued by a band of strangers who lead them to the Valley of the Blue Moon – a beautiful, sun-drenched landscape where nothing is known of war, crime or hate. This land of temperate weather and dazzling beauty was called Shangri-La. All who lived there were devoted to the pursuit of wisdom and self-improvement. The story promoted the idea that the Hunzakuts lived to be well over 100 years old. Ronald Coleman and Jane Wyatt starred in the movie.
The movie Lost Horizon made the list of 10 best films of 1937, according to the New York Times. It won two Academy Awards for Best Film Editing and Best Art Direction. I would recommend it as I find it to be quite a fantasy. The film is not of good technical quality, but if you can get past that, it’s a fascinating story! You might find it on TV soon, on a station that shows old movies that have won Academy Awards in the past, as a prelude to this year’s Academy Awards Ceremony.
As I mentioned in my last post, Sunflower Seed Whole Wheat Bread, I like my kitchen “gadgets” and the bread machine is another gadget! When using a bread machine to create a loaf of bread, ingredients are measured into the bread pan in a specified order, usually liquids first, with dry ingredients on top, and the bread pan is placed into the bread machine. The order of ingredients is important because the yeast is activated by contact with the water (or other liquid) in the recipe. Therefore, the yeast and the liquid used must be kept apart until the program starts. For Hunza Bread the “dough” setting is selected, which on my bread machine runs for an hour and a half.
in this recipe. Hunza Bread is started in a bread machine using the dough cycle. The bread dough is removed from the bread machine, placed in two loaf pans and baked in the oven. This works for me as I don’t care for the shape of the loaf that comes out of a bread machine, nor do I like having a hole in the loaf where the paddle in the bread pan left its impression.
- 1 (.25 oz.) packet active dry yeast (or a scant tablespoon)
- 2 cups bread flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3/4 cup golden raisins
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups water (110 degrees F. / 45 degrees C.)
- Follow the directions for your bread machine & place all ingredients in the bread pan.
- Place the bread pan in the bread machine and select the "Dough" setting.
- At the end of the Dough cycle, remove the dough from the bread machine and divide between two 7" x 3" loaf pans.
- Allow to rise until doubled in volume but not more than one inch above the top of the pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees F. for 35-40 minutes.
I use a thermometer to check the temperature of the water to be added to the bread pan.
Select the “Dough” setting on the Bread Machine. When the dough cycle is complete, remove the dough from the bread machine pan and shape into two loaves. Place dough into 2 lightly greased 7″ x 3″ loaf pans. Bake at 350°F. for 35-40 minutes.
Here’s a cross-section of the loaf where you can see the golden raisins.
Flavor intensifiers in Hunza Bread include ground ginger, ground cinnamon, brown sugar and golden raisins.
Make Hunza Bread real soon, close your eyes, take a bite and imagine you’re in Shangri-La, a place far away from it all, where the air you breathe is soft and clean…….
Remember to Savor the Flavor!