Friday, June 17, 2011
Start the whole process at 3pm and you'll have fresh bread for dinner at 6pm. Nice.
Simple Whole Wheat Bread
(Prep Time: 10 minutes plus 1 hour 15 minutes rising time/Total Time: 3 hours. Makes 3 loaves.)
¼ cup warm water
2 1/4 tesapoons active dry yeast
1 large egg, beaten
¼ cup butter, melted
2½ cups warm (not hot) water
1½ teaspoons salt
4 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups all-purpose flour
Prep three 9x5 loaf pans by greasing with butter. Also prep a large bowl by oiling lightly with vegetable oil. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine ¼ cup water and yeast. Let stand until the yeast is dissolved and foamy, about 5 minutes.
Add egg, butter, 2½ cups water, salt, and honey. Mix well.
In a large bowl, combine both flours then add to the wet mixture. Combine then knead for about 10 minutes. (You can do this in a stand mixer with the hook attachment if you have one.) Transfer dough to large oiled bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and allow to rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
Shape dough into three loaves and place in 9 x 5-inch loaf pans and again cover until doubled, about 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Bake loaves about 45 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the bottom sounds hollow when tapped. Brush tops with butter for a soft crust. Remove the loaves to a rack to cool completely. Enjoy!