Multigrain Loaf (By the Canadian Living Test Kitchen)

Recipe by Blueorca
READY IN: 15hrs 40mins
YIELD: 1 12




  • Preparation:
  • Starter: In large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Sprinkle in yeast; let stand until frothy, about 10 minutes. Stir in flour, stirring until mixture is consistency of thick pancake batter, about 2 minutes. Cover with plastic wrap; let stand in warm place until bubbly and puffy, and wheaty aroma develops, 8 to 12 hours.
  • Stir in 3-1/4 cups (800 mL) of the flour, warm water, honey and salt to make soft sticky dough.
  • Turn out onto generously floured surface; knead, dusting with as much of the remaining flour as necessary to prevent sticking, until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Form into ball; place in greased bowl, turning to grease all over. Cover dough with plastic wrap; let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
  • Grease 9- x 5-inch (2 L) loaf pan; set aside.
  • Punch down dough. Shape into ball; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Press into 11- x 8-inch (28 x 20 cm) rectangle. Starting at short end, roll up into cylinder; pinch along bottom and ends to seal. Fit, seam side down, into prepared pan. Cover with clean tea towel and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
  • Topping: Dust top of loaf with flour. Slash top lengthwise down centre, starting and ending about 1 inch (2.5 cm) from edges of pan. Bake in centre of 375°F (190°C) oven until instant-read thermometer registers 215°F (102°C) and loaf is golden and sounds hollow when tapped on bottom, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool.
  • Additional Information
  • Variations
  • Unbleached White Loaf:
  • Replace multigrain bread flour with unbleached white bread flour. Replace buckwheat honey with mild liquid honey.
  • Whole Wheat Loaf:
  • Replace multigrain bread flour with whole wheat bread flour.