Sunday, February 13, 2011

Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

Whole Wheat Bread
makes 4 loaves
contributed by Stephenie Myers

Okay, so we love homemade bread at our house. What better smell is there than the smell of fresh baked bread? I dreaded learning to make whole wheat bread because of its heaviness and feeling like I just ate a brick. So, I have looked everywhere for recipes that I like and my family will eat, but is also good for sandwiches too. I have several good recipes now in my collection but here is one of our better ones.

7 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup vital wheat gluten
2 1/2 Tbs yeast
5 cups water (120-130 degrees F)Mix the above ingredients together and let sit covered for at least 10 minutes. After letting it sit, add in the following ingredients.

2 Tbs salt
2/3 cup oil
2/3 cup honey or 1 cup sugar
2 1/2 Tbs lemon juice
2 Tbs liquid lecithin

Mix for 1-2 minutes until combined. Add in as much flour to equal 5 cups as possible. Dough should be a soft dough that isn't dry. Mix for 10 minutes to help the gluten in the bread. After mixing, separate dough into 4 equal portions. Form into loaves and place in greased loaf pans. Place pans in a warm oven to rise until bread is just to the top of the pan. Leaving bread in the oven, turn oven to 350 degrees F and bake for about 30 minutes or until bread is done and bottom of bread sounds hollow. Remove from pans to cool. This bread has a nice soft and chewy texture that is great for toast, sandwiches, or just plain eating. You will not believe you are eating whole wheat bread after trying this!

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