Homemade Wheat Bread
I do this all in my Kitchen Aid mixer, so I’ll post it as I do it. It can be done ‘by hand’ as well though.
3 c warm water
1/3 c brown sugar, packed (can sub honey, equal amount)
4 1/2 tsp yeast
2 c unbleached flour
3 c whole wheat flour
In my handy dandy KA bowl (4.5 qt) simply using the dough hook for the entire process …Dissolve sugar (or honey) in water, add yeast then begin measuring in flour as the KA runs on 1 or 2.
Once all that flour has been added and is mixed well, raise the arm and let the dough sit for 30 minutes. It will rise and get rather bubbly.
Then you will need:
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1/3 c molasses (or honey again)
1 Tbsp salt
2 c whole wheat
2 c unbleached
After the 30 min, mix in the melted butter, molasses and salt. Gradually add in the flour. Mixing well. Once all flour is in, I let the machine continue to knead it for a few more minutes (5+?) Now, I have the smaller KA and it doesn’t always like this much flour, so I have to help it along. Meaning, I make it work LOL I keep the arm UNlocked so I can lift it a bit as dough tries to creep up the hook. I’ve had no problems working it like this. It gets the job done quite nicely.
Once your dough looks soft and buttery, barely sticking to the sides of the bowl, you have enough flour.
Remove to a floured surface and knead by hand a few minutes. Place in a well oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warmish area, free from drafts. Let set til doubled in size.
When you gently poke the dough and in leaves a hole or fills back in slowly, then it’s time to form loaves.
Divide dough in half.
Now gently spread each half into a rectangle maybe 8″ wide ?? and roll from that short 8″ end to the other. Pinch the seam to close then place in oiled/sprayed loaf pans. Cover with a towel and let rise again.
This time you want it to rise an inch or two above the top of the pan. To test..gently poke, this time you do not want a hole. If it leaves a hole, you’re not ready.
You can preheat your oven to 350*F while it’s rising this time.
Then bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Cool in pans, on wire cooling rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pans to cool completely before slicing.