Friday, March 25, 2011

100% Whole Wheat Bread

Really soft & fluffy 100% whole wheat bread. Makes 2 loaves.

Mix dry ingredients together first before adding liquids since that activates the yeast.  Wait to put it the liquids when you are ready to knead.

  • 4 teaspoons of instant yeast
  • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk (I buy the HUGE 37lb Morning Moo's from Costco in container)
  • 6 1/4 cups 100% Whole Wheat Flour (look on ingredients and make sure it doesn't say enriched whole wheat.  Needs to be 100%.  King Arthur is my favorite if getting from regular grocery store)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons of salt
  • 2 cups (16oz) lukewarm water
  • 1/2 cup (4oz) orange juice
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or vegetable oil (Use slightly less if using oil)
  • 6 tablespoons molasses (4 1/2 oz) or maple syrup (4oz) Some use honey.
 I knead the dough for about 5-10 minutes.  Then let it sit covered till it about doubles in size.

Then I punch it back down (above), split it in two and let rise in 2 loaf pans.  Let it rise to about 1 inch above pans before baking (below). 

Then cook for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Place foil on top of each loaf for the last 15 minutes of cooking.

Finished bread.
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