Truly a 5 star recipe-used molasses instead of honey to give it a deep brown color, added 1/4 cup bran with the flour. Delicious with whipped honey or as the foundation of a grilled cheese sandwich!
Made this twice using my bread machine to knead on both occasions with slight modifications to the process and recipe. The first time I wasn't paying much attention and added whole egg to the dough mix after downsizing the portions for a single loaf. I kneaded it on the 1.5 lb loaf and dough setting, using warm water w/out proofing the yeast. The result after baking was a very hearty but light loaf with a nice amber crust. It was pretty spectacular, honestly. The second go at it I used apple sauce and flax seed meal in place of the oil and left out the egg using it only for the wash. The loaf was dense and delicious. The egg wash aided in achieving that much desired shade of brown in the crust. I made a double batch on my second attempt and will continue using the basis of this recipe to experiment with whatever ingredients are in the house. Thanks for posting. I bet it's even better when you put the work into the proofing and kneading process I simply didn't have time to put forth.
This recipe is superb. I tried it first with the oil, but the next few times with the flax seeds and the bread was perfect each time.
This is the best whole wheat bread I have found after a long search over the years. I usually increase the recipe to make 3 loaves which I freeze and use thruogh the week. Very good recipe. Thanks for posting
Wow! this is the best whole wheat bread that I have ever made, what a great recipe. I made it to the recipe with no changes and you are right it is a lot of work, but so so worth the effort. I might try the flax seed meal the next time. This is the recipe I have been looking for ages, I can't think how it took me so long to find it. It's just great for sandwiches. I will be making this my regular recipe now. Thank you Cynna for posting a great recipe.
I love a dense, substantial bread, and this one was wonderful! I let the KitchenAid do the kneading, used graham flour (coarser grind than regular whole-wheat), and (as you do) substituted 1/2 cup flaxseed meal for the oil. The resulting loaves were especially hearty with a slightly nutty flavor--delicious, as well as healthful. Thanks, Cynna!