Thursday, January 28, 2010

Updated Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

OK, so I've been doing some tweaking with my whole wheat bread recipe, and I think I've finally found the perfect variation of the recipe. I've had consistent results and honestly this is THE best bread I have ever tasted. Try it and you'll be amazed :-)

Soaked Whole Wheat Bread

(for soaking)
5 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup buttermilk (you could also use kefir, yogurt)
1/2 cup of honey
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted

Put all the ingredients listed above in a bowl and mix together with a sturdy wooden spoon. Let it soak for 12-24 hours in a warm spot- preferably the oven with the oven light left on.

After soaking, activate the yeast by combining:
1/2 cup warm water
2 pkg. active dry yeast
1 tsp honey

After activating the yeast, combine it with the soaked flour and add the rest of the ingredients:
1 Tbsp sea salt
1/2 to 1 cup more of flour to make the dough kneadable
*you could also add dough enhancer at this time, if you use that. However I really don't think that this recipe needs it, so I don't add it.

Knead dough for about 10-12 minutes. Place dough in greased bowl and let rise for about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down and divide into two loaves. Place into greased bread pans(I use coconut oil to grease the pans) and spread a generous amount of butter on top of loaves. Let them rise a second time until doubled, about 30-45 minutes (the best place is in the oven.. I turn the oven on the lowest temp for a few min and then turn it off, prior to putting the dough in). After second rise, turn the oven on to 375 degrees and bake for 40-45 minutes. Bread is done with its fully browned on all sides. Its best to let the bread rest in the pans for a few minutes, then you can take it out and let it cool on cooling racks. Its always best to let the bread cool on the racks, but you probably won't be able to resist the incredible aroma that the bread is giving off so you'll cut into the bread.... and if you do that, PLEASE be sure to put a VERY generous helping of butter on it, ok? You will not regret it! :-)

*******http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/2461/video-tutorial-shaping-sandwich-loaf
I found this video VERY helpful in instructing the perfect way to shape loaves as to not get tearing on the sides of loaves

1 comment:

marie said...

Hi Jess - Could I use honey instead of agave, and olive oil instead of coconut?