Sunday, January 11, 2009

Wonderfully Fluffy and Soft 100% Whole Wheat Bread

Fluffy and Soft 100% Whole Wheat Bread

This bread was FANTASTIC. I used fresh ground white wheat flour and it was so yummy. This is my new favorite bread recipe. I can't wait to make it again because it was so easy! I didn't know whole wheat bread could be so yummy and quick. This bread is incredibly light and fluffy, perfect for sandwiches or simply slathered in butter. Enjoy!

Makes 2 loaves.

3 1/2 cups wheat flour
1/3 cup vital wheat gluten
1 1/4 T. instant yeast

2 1/2 cups steaming hot water

1 T. salt
1/3 cup oil
1/2 c. sugar
1 1/3 T. lemon juice

Lastly, Add:
2 1/2 cups wheat flour

Mix together the first three ingredients in your mixer with a dough hook. Add water all at once and mix for 1 minute; cover and let rest for 10 minutes (this is called sponging). Add salt, oil, honey or sugar, and lemon juice and beat for 1 minute. Add last flour, 1 cup at a time, beating between each cup. Beat for about 6-10 minutes until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. This makes very soft dough. It may not pull away from the sides of the bowl until the end of the kneading process. You may add a little bit more flour if necessary.

Pre-heat oven for 1 minute to lukewarm and turn off. Turn dough onto oiled counter top; divide, shape into loaves place in oiled bread pans. Let rise in warm oven for 15 to 30 minutes until dough reaches top of pan. Do not remove bread from oven; turn oven to 350 F and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from pans and cool on racks. Brush crust with butter for a soft crust.

* For a sweeter loaf, add slightly more sugar or honey and slightly less salt.

**Another tip..when the dough is put into the bread pans, squish the dough softly into the corners of your bread loaf pans. This will make your bread cook more evenly and not have the large lump in the middle of your loaf.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

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