EVEN THOUGH this recipe for Simple Whole Wheat Bread is way more complicated than most of the bread recipes I make… we REALLY like this bread and ergo it’s become one I’ve made FOUR TIMES in the last three weeks! Can you believe it!!!! I use it for loaves, buns, and cheesy dinner rolls… the lads are in love! You’ll find the original recipe here. As with anything I made a couple of slight modifications.
3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast For me this is 5 tsps
1/3 cup honey
5 cups bread flour
3 tablespoons veggie oil
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon salt
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour APPROXIMATELY.. usually four cups for me.
2 tablespoons butter, melted … sometimes I do this, more often I don’t. We like a harder crust!
- In a large bowl, mix warm water, yeast, and 1/3 cup honey. Add 5 cups white bread flour, and stir to combine. Let set for 30 minutes, or until big and bubbly.
- Mix in 3 tablespoons veggie oil, 1/3 cup honey, and salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Flour a flat surface and knead with whole wheat flour until not real sticky – just pulling away from the counter, but still sticky to touch. This may take an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to coat the surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. (see note) Let rise in a warm place until doubled.
- Punch down, and divide into 3 loaves. Place in greased 9 x 5 inch loaf pans, and allow to rise until dough has topped the pans by one inch. I will often make one loaf, 6-8 buns, and then some dinner rolls with cheese.
- Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 to 30 minutes; do not overbake. Lightly brush the tops of loaves with 2 tablespoons melted butter or margarine when done to prevent crust from getting hard. (I generally skip this step) Cool completely.
NOTE: I put my rising bread into my That’s a Bowl from Tupperware. When the lid pops, the bread has risen. Makes it super easy for me to remember to check on it.
Another bread you might want to try is Multi-Grain Bread.