Prep 2 hrs 15 mins
Cook 25 mins
My favorite wheat germ bread was no longer available I had to try to copy it, this is what I came up with. Its great toasted.
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons yeast (active dry yeast)
- 1 cup water, warm
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons honey
- 2 1⁄4 cups flour
- 1⁄3 cup wheat germ, toasted
- 1⁄2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- In a small measuring cup add warm water, yeast and honey, stir well,set aside for 10 minutes until foamy.
- In a skillet toast wheat germ, on medium heat for 5-8 minutes, stirring constantly, cool.
- Either in a food processor or stand mixer add flour, whole wheat flour, cornmeal, salt and cooled wheat germ.
- Add olive oil and proofed yeast mix well. Mix until a smooth ball forms.
- Take out of mixer and knead on slightly floured board (4-5 minutes).
- Put dough in a large greased bowl and cover with a clean towel.
- Let rise in a warm place for 60 minutes until double in bulk.
- Punch down and form into loaf, placing in a well greased 9x5-inch loaf pan.
- Let rise for another 30-45 minutes.
- Bake at 375°F for 25 minutes.
- Take out of oven brush with butter, let cool on wire rack.
The dough was firmly holding its shape when touched, so I added an extra 1/4 cup of water to increase the hydration. Other than that, this is a fantastic recipe. The flavor of the bread is incredible.
The only other deviation I made was to do the initial rise in the refrigerator overnight after only a little bit of kneading. The next day, I took it out and let it warm up for 30 mins, then kneaded it in the stand mixer for 5 minutes or so before forming into loaves.
This reminded me of a light wheat bread that I used to get at a bakery. The toasted wheat germ really smelled great in the pan and adds a wonderful flavor. I let it rise for about 2 hrs in my bread machine (dough cycle) and baked in the oven. It went great with Recipe #94911. Thanks Calee, for another great (with grains!) recipe. Roxygirl
Calee, Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe and your great instruction. I loved my loaf the minute it came out of the oven. It was almost to pretty to eat!! You were right about it being lovely toasted. I had a slight mishap with my junky food processor - it began to leak after I added the oil & yeast mixture- so I had to make another bit of honey/yeast up to blend in again. This I just eye balled until the dough looked right. I had thought I had ruined the whole thing, yet it worked out perfectly in the end. I will share this recipe of yours with anyone who claims to be intimidated by making their own bread.- THANK YOU!! ***** I would give this even more stars if I could...