Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
I changed this from a basic whole wheat bread recipe I had. I hate hard crusts and this bread has a soft crust, stays fresh and tastes great. I've blogged about it and a lot of people have raved about it.
- 3 -4 cups whole wheat bread flour
- 1⁄2 cup vital wheat gluten
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 1 1⁄2 cups warm water
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package yeast or 4 teaspoons yeast
- Measure out the first three ingredients into a bowl, set aside.
- Mix in a bowl the water (110-120 degrees), olive oil, honey and yeast.
- Slowly mix in the flour (I use my Kitchen Aid mixer). Dough should be not sticking to the sides of the bowl. I usually end up using 3 1/2 cups of flour. I let my mixer knead the dough for 7-8 minutes. If you knead by hand, knead for 10-12 minutes. Wheat bread needs a longer knead time.
- Place in oiled bowl in warm place, covered by a towel or plastic wrap,for about an hour or until about double in size.
- Punch down, turn out of bowl. I make the dough into a ball and use a serrated knife to cut in half. Shape each half into a rectangular roll and place in loaf pans.
- Cover and let rise about 45 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped.
I have never ever been able to make good bread. And, I usually spend lots of $$ for bakery bread. While looking for something else, I found your recipe. I followed it just as written. And it turned out wonderful. Crusty on the outside, but soft on the inside. I made my first recipe with my electric mixer and it turned out great. But, after that, I threw the ingredients into my bread maker and set them for the dough setting. The loaves come out smaller, but better tasting, for some reason. I gave the recipe to my daughter in law and now she is making her own bread. Thanks for the great recipe. sue
Hearty loaves of bread! Nice texture and color. The only "change" I made was splitting the dough into three smaller loaves (rather than two larger ones), so I could give one to a friend (he has a small family), and still have some for us at home. Nice recipe, simple ingredients, easy to make. Yeah!!!!
This was really good wheat bread! I normally prefer white bread, but am trying to eat more wheat. Easy to make in the mixer. I didn't think we would eat 2 loaves of bread by ourselves, so I froze 1 of the loaves before the second rise. Once I bake it I'll let you know how this recipe stands up to freezing the dough and baking later. Thanks for posting!