Friday, October 1, 2010
Debbie's Whole Wheat Bread
Whole Wheat Bread Makes 4 loaves of Bread 5 cups warm water 1/2 cup honey 1 Tbsp. salt 1/3 cup oil 3 Tbsp. Instant YeastFresh Ground Wheat Flour Unbleached White Flour (Use as much or as little of the unbleached white flour as you want) I used about 3/4 wheat flour and 1/4 unbleached white I use 1/2 cup of vital wheat gluten also. Combine warm tap water (90-100 degrees), sweetener, salt and oil in your Bosch. Add some flour to cool the water enough to add the yeast. I kept adding flour and checking the water until I felt like it was the right temperature to add the yeast. Add the yeast and continue adding flour, alittle at a time, until the dough is no longer sticking to the sides of the bowl. This tells you there is enough flour incorporated in the dough, however, there is very little gluten. There is no need to let the dough rise before forming into loaves. Remove dough from bowl in one big ball. Cut into 4 pieces. Form each piece into the right shape to put in your bread pans. I only had 3 bread pans, so I put one of the loaves in my pyrex pie pan by shaping it into a round shape and cutting a criss/cross on the top. Before placing in bread pans - spray each pan with Olive Oil; and spray each bread loaf all over with Olive Oil. After placing the loaves in the bread pans, punch down across the loaf with your fist to flatten. Warm your oven to 150 degrees for 2 minutes to take the chill off and then turn off. Place loaves of bread, covered by a light cloth in the oven and let rise until the bread is just above the top of the loaf pan. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Bake for about 20- 25 minutes. The bread is done when the top crust is nicely browned. Remove one loaf from the oven and turn it out to check the bottom crust. If it is too light, bake 5 more minutes. Remove from pans and cool. If you wish to freeze your bread, cool thoroughly then put in plastic bread sack and secure tightly. Freeze the loaf whole. If you slice the bread before freezing, there is more surface area to get frosted. Thaw at room temperature overnight. It tastes almost as fresh as when you baked it. Delicious....