Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Whole Wheat Bread

My grandmother used to make breads, yeasty rolls and danish all the time. I used to love eating at her house, because there was always something freshly baked. She tried to teach me how to make a few of her recipes, but my success was less than spectacular. I tried to make her danish a few times but they always fell short of what I remembered hers being. Bread was the same way, I even tried different  recipes but my loaves always turned out like bricks with a texture that wasn't much different. It was a lot of years before I decided to try again, but I would, after finding an ancient food processor at the thrift store, it's about the same time I ran across this recipe.

Even though there is only two of us I still make this bread. It freezes well and is dairy free. This recipe is intended to make two loaves of bread but I have a pan that make four smaller loaves. You can also make rolls with this recipe. It's basic, it's foolproof and even I can do it, and did I mention, it's yummy!

Whole Wheat Bread

2 scant tablespoons or 2 (1/4-ounce) package of active yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water (about 105* to 115*) I use a thermometer for this
1/4 firmly packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1. In large bowl soften the yeast in the water
2. Add the brown sugar, salt, oil, whole wheat flour, and 2 cups of the all-purpose flour. Beat vigorously with a dough whisk or a heavy-handled spoon for two minutes, (after yeast softens I dissolve the sugars, salt and oil before I add the flours, and I use a food processor with dough blade to mix)
3. Gradually add more remaining flour 1/4 cup at a time, until dough forms a mass and the dough begins to pull away from the side of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. (I use food processor to mix, when it pulls away from sides it's done)
4. Knead, adding more flour, a little at a time as necessary, for 8-10 minutes, or until you have a smooth elastic dough
5. Put entire dough into an oiled bowl. Turn once to coat the entire ball of dough with oil. Cover with a tightly woven kitchen towel and let rise for one hour, or until doubled in size.
6. Turn the dough out onto a lightly oiled work surface and divide in half. Form into loaves.
7. Put the loaves seam side down, into well greased loaf pans, cover with towel and let rise for 45 minutes
8. About 15 minutes before the end of rising, preheat the oven to 375*
9. Bake the loaves for 25-30 minutes, or until the shrink slightly from the sides of the pan and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pans and cool on rack.

Recipe from The Bread Book


Creations By Cindy said...

Looks yummy! Hugs and blessings Cindy

Pam said...

Oh wow,
It looks delicious. It does take a lot of practice to get good at bread making doesn't it? I have never tried making danish, but I have wanted to. One of these days I will have to try it. Your pictures are great and make me hungry.

Sue said...

Thanks for this recipe, I have been looking a recipe that is fairly easy. Your bread looks delicious, I am now book marking it. Thank you for visiting my blog! and leaving such a sweet comment.
Blessings, Sue

S. Etole said...

Love the smell of homemade bread.

Cheryl said...

Looks delicious, Maryanne!

living from glory to glory said...

Hello. Loved the old blue stoneware bowl filled and overflowing with homemade bread. They say it is a real art to make bread like they did years ago!
Butter is BETTER...
Happy Mothers Day to YOU!
Blessings, Roxy

Stephanie said...

Mmm... there is something so wonderful about homemade bread and the scent is divine :)

Hugs to you!

Debbie said...

True confession: I haven't made my own bread in years and years, not since I had two little girls at home who liked it. This makes me want to.

It looks delicious.

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

I just love homemade bread ... but I refuse to bake it. I love it so much that I do not trust myself to freeze some of it ... I would make a meal out of an entire loaf of bread!