Prep 30 mins
Cook 2 hrs 15 mins
I was looking for a lower-carb (good carbs only), higher-fiber bread and came across this recipe in the Bob's Red Mill cookbook. **Cooking time includes rise time.
- 1⁄4 teaspoon sugar
- 1 1⁄4 cups warm water
- 2 1⁄4 teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 1⁄2 cups hard whole wheat flour
- 1⁄3 cup natural bran
- 1⁄3 cup barley flour
- 1⁄2 cup rolled oats
- 1⁄4 cup wheat germ
- 2 teaspoons salt
- In a small bowl, combine sugar and water. Sprinkle the yeast into water while stirring. Let stand approximately 5 minutes, or until foamy.
- In a large bowl, whisk 2 cups of whole wheat flour with bran, barley flour, oats, wheat germ, and salt. Create indent in the middle of mixture and pour in the yeast liquid. Stir to slowly incorporate ingredients to form dough; add more wheat flour if necessary.
- Knead dough on lightly floured surface for 10 to 15 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.
- Coat a bowl with nonstick cooking spray and place the dough inside. Roll dough in spray to cover. Next, cover dough with a clean dish towel and allow to rise for 45 minutes. Dough should double in volume.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or dust with cornmeal.
- Punch the dough down and return it to the floured surface. Divide into two pieces, then roll each piece into a loaf about 12 inches long, tapering each end. Place loaves onto prepared baking sheet (2 12-inch bread pans can work, as well) and cover again with dish towel.
- Dough should rise for another 45-60 minutes, doubling in size once again. After rising, the dough should remain dented when poked instead of springing back.
- Bake at 425 Fahrenheit for 30 minutes, until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Cool on wire racks, slice and serve!
- 1 serving is 1/12 of a loaf.