Recipe by Cynna
I discovered this fantastic bread recipe by Jean Sutherland and I thought I would share with everyone. This is not a bread machine recipe! Zaar seems to have a lot of machine recipes but not many old-fashioned so I thought this would be a great addition. This bread is a little difficult to make but is perfect for sandwiches and tastes wonderful! Very much worth the work you have to invest. I replace all of the oil with 1/2 cup flax seed meal. It's a nice way to get that very nutritious grain into our diet easily. Plus it adds more flavor.
Top Review by jackieliz
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!
- 22.18 ml active dry yeast
- 177.44 ml warm water
- 236.59 ml whole wheat flour
- 354.88 ml warm water
- 1064.65 ml whole wheat flour
- 118.29 ml vital wheat gluten
- 36.97 ml vegetable oil
- 78.07 ml honey
- 14.79 ml salt
- 1 large egg
- 14.79 ml water
Directions See How It's Made
- Add 4 1/2 tsp yeast to 3/4 cup water.
- Add 1 cup of whole wheat flour and mix vigorously.
- Cover bowl with plastic and let sit for 45 minutes to proof.
- When sponge is ready, uncover bowl and add the 1 1/2 cups of warm water and 2 cups of whole wheat flour . Stir in very well.
- Now add the 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten, 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1/3 cup honey and 1 tablespoon salt. Mix these in well. Now start adding the remaining flour about 1/2 cup at a time. (I use my KitchenAid for this).
- Knead dough in mixer for 10 minutes or 20-30 minutes by hand. Take a break half-way through if you're hand kneading and let dough rest for 10 minutes.
- Place dough into large greased bowl (preferably not metal) and cover with plastic. Leave the dough to rise in a warm place for 1 to 1 1/2 hours until it doubles in size.
- Punch dough down, divide dough, and reshape into loaves. Place into greased 9x5 bread pans, cover with plastic and allow to rise again.
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Make egg wash by whisking egg and water together in small bowl.
- Brush egg wash over tops of loaves and then place in the oven to bake for 40 minutes.
- To test for doneness, pull the loaf out of the pan and tap the bottom with a wooden handle. It should have a hollow sound.
- Cool these for at least an hour before slicing. If you don't wait that long the structure of the bread will not support a knife and will mush down and stay permanently mushed when you're done mangling it. Try to be patient.