Making delicious, quality bread at home isn’t as hard as you may think. I remember when every sandwich I ate was made with bread from the store. I didn’t think that what I was eating could get any better, but once I tried making my own bread, there was no way I was ever going to settle for bread from the store again.
I used to think that making bread was a long and hard process that required a lot of effort…but boy was I wrong. Not only is making your own bread simple, it also doesn’t take very long. Plus, I’m sure your family will appreciate the extra effort you put into making delicious bread for them.
I truly believe that you are going to love this simple whole wheat bread. It is healthier than the bread you buy from the store because it does not contain all of those terrible ingredients that most of us cannot even pronounce Also, it’s healthier because it is made with whole wheat flour.
Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
- 3 cups lukewarm water
- 1 1/2 tablespoons yeast
- 3 tablespoons of sugar or honey
- 1/3 cup oil
- 2 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3 cups unbleached all-purpose or bread flour
- 4 to 6 cups white whole wheat flour
- In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let the yeast sit for 10 minutes. Add the oil, salt, white flour, and 4 cups of the wheat flour.
- Knead all ingredients for 6-8 minutes, adding additional wheat flour in small amounts as needed. The dough should be smooth, elastic, and slightly sticky, pulling away from the sides of the bowl.
- Cover it , and let it rise until doubled. This should only take about 25 minutes.
- Punch it down, and form into 2 loaves (cut dough in half, roll into a rectangle, roll up jelly roll style and tuck ends under). Place the loaves into 2 greased 9″ bread pans, cover again, and let rise until the bread is a little smaller than the size you want the final product to be. While the loaves rise, pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
- When the loaves have fully raised, bake them for 25 minutes. Remove the loaves from the pans onto a cooling rack. Let cool for 30 minutes to an hour.
Adapted from Natural Chow