4/19/07

Whole Wheat Bread

I will be the first to admit that I cannot seem to make a decent whole wheat bread. I've tried perhaps 5 different times and I get a big heavy dense 'flop' for the most part. Sometimes I can salvage it by slicing and making grilled cheese but really, I've just not been happy with them.

Tonight I found this one on a recipe board and although I've not tried it, I didn't want to 'lose' it so I am posting it here for future refererence. If you try it first please let me know by email!

Whole Wheat Bread


2 Tblsp. honey
2 Tblsp. olive oil
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water (110-115ºF.)
1 tsp. salt
2 Tblsp. flax seed (ground)
4 cups white whole wheat flour
2 Tblsp. gluten (vital wheat gluten)
1 Tblsp. lecithin
1 Tblsp. yeast

Put all ingredients in your bread maker on the dough cycle or if you use a kitchen aid machine; mix the water, yeast and honey in the mixing bowl and let it get foamy then add the oil, salt, flax, gluten and lecithin and mix. Add half the flour with the paddle blade, switch to the dough hook and beat in enough flour for a soft almost sticky dough.

Knead it for 3 min.; let it rise until doubled. Punch it down, shape it and place it in a 9-1/2 x 5" loaf pan. Let it rise, then baked it at 350º 33 min.

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