Whole Wheat "Depression" Quick Bread Recipe
Whole Wheat "Depression" Bread
Simple, quick whole wheat bread
Do you have fond memories of circling around your grandmother's kitchen table as a child? I can smell the fresh-baked bread topped with melting butter like it was yesterday.
While this isn't your grandmother's white flour bread, this whole-wheat quick bread is delicious, fast, and easy. The best part? This recipe doesn't require a bread maker. It's called "Depression bread" because it is made in bulk quantities for relatively cheap and with very little equipment.
It's perfect for those of us living a frugal or simple lifestyle. Instead of using regular flour, I used whole wheat flour to improve the nutrient profile.
- 4.5 cups whole wheat flour
- 1.5 tsp salt
- 1.5 Tbsp yeast
- 1.5 cup warm water
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 Tbsp sugar
Whole Wheat Quick Bread Steps
- Wash your hands. Stir flour and salt together in a mixing bowl.
- Make a hole in the salt and flour mixture. Pour yeast and sugar in the hole. Pour warm water in the hole over the yeast and mix with your finger to dissolve.
- Once dissolved, begin to mix in the loose flour. Continue kneading until you have a dough ball. If you need to add a bit more warm water, add a very small amount at a time, slowly.
- Set dough ball aside. Clean and dry the bowl, then spread the olive oil all over the bowl.
- Place the ball into the oiled bowl. Flip it over once. Cover top of bowl with a clean towel and place the bowl in a warm area. Wait about 1 hour for the dough to rise.
- After it's risen, punch it down and shape it into two loaves. Place each loaf into a loaf pan. If you don't have loaf pans, you can use a lightly floured cookie sheet and cover with a towel.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and let the dough rise for another half hour.
- Remove cloth and cook on center rack in the oven for 30 mins.