"THE" Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

This recipe is one of the most requested recipes I have. The other one is a killer chocolate cake. We will have to wait for that one. This recipe is so good. Some of the reasons that I love this recipe is because it makes so much!! Which is fun to give away or to use as your bread supply. The other reason I love this recipe is it doesn't have to rise. Which is always a plus for an impatient person like me. Also, this recipe doesn't call for sugar. It does call for honey which allow for the yeast to rise. When using yeast you must always have a sugar with it to activate it. So honey, agave, sugar, and so on can be used. Honey is stellar for this recipe. A couple of hints I have for this bread is use your kitchen aid (I am planning an entire post about my kitchen aid!! That is how much I love it. It helps so that you don't have to knead it as much. Also, make sure you have a professional wattage on your kitchen aid. You will be using an insane  amount of whole wheat flour (which has a more dense quality that white). Of course you can half the recipe if you don't have a professional wattage kitchen aid. I believe that 550 is considered professional wattage. This is a great bread and then you whip up some honey butter and you could have dessert. Enjoy. Let me know what you think.

Whole Wheat Bread

5 c. stone-ground whole wheat flour
1/2 c. Vital Wheat Gluten (find it at Macey's if you're in Utah)
2 T. SAF Instant Yeast (again, at Macey's)
4 c. hot water

Mix for one minute, then cover and let stand for 10 minutes. Add:

1 1/2 T. salt
1/2 c. oil
7/8 c. honey
2 T. lemon juice

Change mixer to dough hook and knead for 10 minutes, adding an additional 5 1/2 c. wheat flour one cup at a time. Divide dough into three portions and place in sprayed loaf pans. Bake at 170* for 12 - 15 minutes, then increase temperature to 350* and set timer for 28 - 30 minutes. Cool on wire racks. 

***This is a recipe that I got from my great friend Marie, and she got it from her friend's mom. I just want to give credit where credit is due.***


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