Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
My Favorite Comfort Food - Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
If I had to live on one food, this would be it. I eat whole wheat bread every day. Once you get used to the rich taste of whole wheat, with all the elements of the wheat kernel intact, bleached flour products no longer have any taste. My favorite whole wheat bread recipe is a very simple and basic one. You can make it entirely by hand, or with a bread mixer.
Photo: Nancy Oram
White or Wheat?
People usually prefer one over the other. What do you say?
There used to be a billboard for bread that read: The whiter your bread, the quicker you're dead. Do you like white bread or wheat bread?
Simple Whole Wheat Bread
Makes 4 large loaves
2 tablespoons dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
5 cups hot tap water
2 tablespoons salt
2/3 cup cooking oil
2/3 cup honey
12 cups whole wheat flour
Sprinkle the dry yeast into the 1/2 cup of warm water. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes.
Combine the hot tap water and 7 cups whole wheat flour until blended. Add salt, oil and honey. Continue to mix until well blended.
Add 1 cup flour to mixture. Add yeast mixture and blend thoroughly.
Add 3 or 4 more cups of flour to the mixture and if you use a bread kneader/mixer, let it knead for ten minutes until the dough begins to clean the sides of the bowl. If you knead it by hand, knead until you can feel the gluten in the bread become elastic. If bread feels too dry, add water by teaspoons. If too wet, add 1/4 cup of flour at a time until desired consistency.
Oil your hands and mold 1/4 dough at a time into loaves. Place in oiled pans. Cover loaves with a damp cloth. Let rise about 1/3 more in size, for about 30 minutes. If air is too cold, warm oven, then turn it off and place bread in oven to rise. Make sure oven is not too hot.
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven and cool bread on racks.
Mix equal parts butter and honey at room temperature.
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