Prep 3 hrs
Cook 35 mins
It has a hearty flavor without being overly heavy or sour. I experimented with the rye & whole wheat/gluten balance to create a loaf that would rise a reasonable amount, and be appealing to my children. All three of my children love this one, and come back asking for more.
- 2 1⁄2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 1⁄2 cups rye flour
- 2 tablespoons instant potato flakes
- 3 tablespoons gluten flour
- 3⁄4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 cup yogurt
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons flax seeds
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 tablespoon yeast
- Mix whole wheat flour, rye flour, gluten flour & instant potato flakes in a bowl, set aside.
- In a mixer bowl, using flat beater, mix wet ingredients.
- Add yeast flax seeds & salt to liquid ingredients, mix thoroughly.
- Switch to dough hook, and slowly add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time. Allow it to knead each amount of flour into ball before adding more. Once all flour is incorporated, all the dough to continue to knead until the dough is sooth and elastic.
- Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease the top. Cover and let rise for 1 1/2 hours in a warm, draft free location.
- Prepare two 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch pans by greasing lightly with butter or vegetable shortening.
- When timer goes off, punch down dough and divide into two balls.
- Shape each half into a loaf, and place in prepared pans.
- Cover with plastic wrap & a tea towel, and allow to rise in a warm, draft free area for 1 hour.
- Bake at 400 for 35-40 minutes. Bread will be cooked when it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
- Turn out of pan & allow to cool before slicing. Place leftovers in plastic bag for storage.
This recipe makes a delicious loaf of bread. I halved the recipe and made the bread by hand. I added an additional 2 tsp. of gluten and small pinch of extra yeast to compensate for being kneaded by hand rather than in a mixer. It would have looked better if I had a smaller loaf pan to make in it, rather than my 9.5 X 4.5 inch. I am still happy with it though. I have to admit that the smell of balsamic vinegar that came off the dough while I kneaded it was a little off putting. Honestly I didn't expect much from this bread. I was totally wrong. The bread has a really nice, simple but good flavor. It's not at all sour. A person would probably have to ask what acid was used in it as the balsamic flavor is not striking. But it's very nice. The bread is dense but not heavy. It's slighty moist because of the yogurt. The rye flavor is not very pronounced. In a nutshell, you might call this a pleasant, interesting wheat bread with a texture more like rye bread. It makes a tasty loaf without the use white flour. That is not easily done. For that reason alone I will likely come back to this recipe in the future. I plan to serve open faced egg salad sandwiches on it. Thanks for sharing this recipe chefSAHM.