A few things about this recipe:
- It makes 2 loaves.
- It is written for use with home ground wheat. If you’re using storebought whole wheat flour, you may have to adjust the amount of water and you may not need the gluten and dough enhancer.
- It is written for use with the Bosch mixer. If you’re using a Kitchen Aid, it will take longer to knead. If you’re kneading by hand . . it’s going to take a while.
My favorite bread pans are these Norpro pans. They’re more narrow than most bread pans and the slices fit better in my toaster. I bought mine from Pleasant Hill Grain. They also have the gluten, dough enhancer and plastic bags for storing the bread.
Ingredients for Bread:
2-1/2 c. very warm tap water
6 – 8 cups fresh ground whole wheat flour
1/4 c. olive oil
1/4 c. molasses
2 T. gluten
1 T. dough enhancer
2 T. SAF Yeast
1 T. Salt
- Pour water and half the flour into the mixer and mix on Speed 1 til barely mixed.
- Add the oil, molasses, gluten, dough enhancer and yeast. Mix on Speed 1 til barely mixed.
- Add salt and enough flour to make dough the consistency needed. I usually use barely 6 cups of flour. The sides of the bowl should be clean when you’ve added enough flour. The dough needs to be sticky!
- Knead on Speed 2 until the gluten has developed. I usually check mine after 8 minutes of kneading. Here’s a link to help determine when the gluten has developed. If you’ll oil your hands before working with the dough, it will help it not to stick to your hands.
- Oil your countertop and your hands. Turn the dough out onto the countertop. Divide in half. Form into 2 loaves. Place in greased pans. Let rise til double in size . . anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the temperature in your kitchen.
- Bake at 350 for 35 – 30 minutes.
This is the bread I made yesterday. See how the top domed portion kinda separted from the sides . . that little cracked area? That’s because I didn’t let it rise long enough. We needed it for lunch and I was in a hurry . . we had no bread in the house and were having sandwiches for lunch.
It tastes fine! I had to slice it as soon as it came out of the oven because Vince was working in the yard and he was hungry and he wanted a sandwich 30 minutes ago!