Prep 5 hrs
Cook 40 mins
My first really good loaf of bread was from a BakinBaby roll recipe that used beer. This recipe has several differences in ingredient ratios and a pre-ferment or sponge (non-sourdough) is used to mellow the flavor. You can substitue water for the beer if desired with good results.
- 1 1⁄4 cups whole wheat flour (5.8 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3⁄4 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2 ounces warm water
- 8 ounces warm beer (flat)
- 3⁄4 teaspoon yeast
- 1⁄3 cup whole wheat flour (1.5 ounces)
- 1 1⁄2 cups bread flour (7.5 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon gluten
- 2 tablespoons light oil (I use canola)
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt (10 gms table salt)
- In a medium bowl (or in the bread machine) place the water, honey and beer and add the yeast.
- Mix well with wooden spoon or using the dough cycle and let sit for 10 minutes (turn off the bread machine for 10 minutes).
- Add flour and mix well (can use bread machine, starting it over on the dough cycle).
- Cover and let it sit for 1 to 4 hours (unplug bread machine and close the lid).
- To make the dough, stir the yeast into the starter and let sit for 10 minutes.
- Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well (or start the machine on dough cycle).
- If making it by hand, dump onto a floured surface and knead briefly for a couple of minutes. Cover and let sit for 20 minutes.
- Knead for 5 minutes until smooth either by hand or machine on dough cycle.
- Remove dough and place in a oiled, clean bowl and cover with plastic wrap or cotten towel. A straight sided clear container is even better. If using machine, let rise with machine off and lid down. Let sit at room temp or slightly above until double in volume.
- Remove and stretch and fold until degassed. By stretching or dimpling or rolling, form a rectangle with short side the length of the loaf pan. Roll up from the short side, sealing as you go using your thumbs.
- Oil or spray 9 x 5 pan and place dough into it. Cover with oiled wrap.
- Let rise until doubled or about 1 inch above the pan edges.
- Bake at 350F until 200F to 210F internally (about 40 minutes for my oven).
- Turn out onto wire rack and cool until warm before slicing.