Whole wheat bread ~a variation~.
I now use a Kitchen Aid stand mixer to make my bread dough-I can "knead" my bread dough while doing other kitchen tasks and being interrupted by kids. When I first started using this recipe I used a bread machine on the "dough" setting to make the dough. I have young children and it would take me all morning (with interruptions) to knead bread dough by hand!
Here is the basic recipe:
4 to 4-1/2 cups whole wheat flour 2 tablespoons brown sugar or honey 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil 1-1/2 teaspoons salt 2 teaspoons yeast 1 egg 1-1/2 cups water Here is how I do it quickly and easily: 1. Place 3-1/2 cups whole wheat flour into the mixing bowl. 2. Add brown sugar, salt and yeast. 3. Mix gently to distribute yeast, salt and sugar throughout the flour. 4. Put 1-1/2 cups very warm (100-120[degrees]F, I just use hot tap water) water into a glass measuring cup. Add the 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil to the warm water. 5. When butter or coconut oil has melted, pour entire contents of measuring cup into the mixing bowl. Turn mixer onto lowest speed. 6. Add 1 egg as the mixer begins to mix the water into the flour. 7. When water and egg have been well incorporated into the flour, add flour 1/4 to 1/2 cup at a time, waiting for flour to be well incorporated before adding more, until dough reaches desired consistency. 8. Let the mixer continue to knead the dough for 8-10 minutes. 9. Move dough into a greased bowl (or grease the mixing bowl and place dough back inside), cover with a towel and place in a warm area to rise. I usually place my dough in the oven with the light on. 10. Let rise for about I hour. 11. Punch down dough and divide in two, form into loaves and place in two greased loaf pans. Cover and return to a warm place to rise. Let rise until loaves reach desired size-this can take anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on how well the dough was kneaded and how warm/humid it is. 12. Bake at 350[degrees]F for 25-30 minutes. Cool on wire rack. If using a bread machine: 1. Put 1-1/2 cups water (room temperature is fine) and I egg in the bottom of the bread machine. 2. Add 2 tablespoons butter or coconut oil to bread machine 3. Add 4-1/2 cups whole wheat flour to bread machine. 4. Add 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, and 2 teaspoons yeast to bread machine. 5. Close bread machine and set to run the "dough" setting. 6. When finished, remove dough, form into two loaves, and let rise for a final time then bake as above.
* The egg acts as a dough conditioner--no extra vital wheat gluten or other conditioner needed.
* I've found that when using all whole wheat flour that I want to leave the dough slightly more sticky than is usually suggested when using white flour. This seems to give a better rise.
* When in doubt, knead longer!
* Using hard white whole wheat flour gives a lighter textured and lighter tasting bread than using hard red whole wheat flour. Some grocery stores will sell hard white wheat flour but it is usually priced higher than the hard red wheat flour. I order mine in 25-pound bags from Azure Standard for a great price.
I hope this helps someone else learn to make and love all whole wheat bread. For more recipes using all whole wheat flour check out: www.tum2thesimple.blogspot.com. I can also be reached through this blog for questions or comments.--Beth, Central Minnesota