Saturday, September 11, 2010

Whole Wheat Bread

Hear it is, the great bread recipe.  Thanks so much Shannon for sharing this with us!  Before you begin, I would not make my own bread if I didn't have my Bosch mixer.  A kitchen Aid will work also.  To mix by hand would be just too much work for me.  If you want to attempt this without a mixer, more power to ya!  I'm just saying I wouldn't!

Whole Wheat Bread
4 C hot water
2 Tbsp salt
2/3 C oil
2/3 C molasses
2/3 C honey
2/3 C Vital Wheat Gluten
2 1/2 Tbsp saf instant yeast
10 C flour (about)

Mix together water, salt, oil, molasses and honey. Add about 4 C flour and the wheat gluten. Mix for 1 minute. Add yeast and mix for another minute. Add the remainder of flour until the dough sweeps the sides of the bowl. Once enough flour is added, continue to mix for 8-9 minutes so the gluten to forms. Grease table top and hands and shape dough into 3 loaves.  Let rise until double in size. The recipe said it would rise 30 minutes, but mine took at least 2 hrs. Shannon says hers takes 2-3 hours also.. Once risen, bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

I hope these directions are clear.  Bread making takes practice!  Once you've figured out how the bread should feel and look when just the right amount of flour is added, it becomes much easier.  Just practice!  I also grind my own wheat because I think it tastes better and is much fresher than the stuff you buy in the store.   One more thing, Saf instant yeast is by far the best.  I've tried others and it never turns out as well as Saf.  With Saf you do not need to proof your yeast or start your yeast in warm water first.  If something is confusing, just leave your question in the comments and I will respond asap!  Good luck!


  1. You have 2/3 cup oil down twice - is that a mistake? Is that supposed to be honey?

  2. yes, it's honey! Sorry. I'm surprised I didn't catch that the first time I sent it out to a friend. Whoops! Thanks Steph!