Friday, July 25, 2008

Whole Wheat Bread

We're carb-oholics around here, especially when it comes to bread consumption. That being said, I try to keep the carbs to the whole grain variety. I also love to make bread; it is so satisfying to get my hands in a big, warm lump of dough and squish and mush and beat it around. Come to think of it, they should do bread baking in anger management classes. But I digress...

Sometimes I use the bread machine to make bread, but it does something the the whole wheat bread that makes it tough, and sometimes downright hard as a rock. Almost doorstop-like.

I've looked around and tried many-a-recipe, and I've finally stumbled upon a keeper. It's not quite my Great-Aunt Flo's whole wheat bread, but it's durn close!
100% Whole Wheat Bread

1 1/3 cups warm water
2 T. applesauce or canola oil
3 T. sucanat or brown sugar (I used unprocessed cane sugar)
1 t. salt
3 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
3 T. vital wheat gluten flour*
1 T. active dry yeast

* Don't be scared by this, it's available in the grocery store, even at super Wal-Mart.

Using a mixer (I used my trusty Kitchenaid that Andy was shamed into buying me by TamTam Tomatohead) combine all ingredients and knead for 6 minutes.
Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.
Knead 4 more minutes. Turn dough onto lightly oiled board and shape into 2 loaves. Place in pans to rise until doubled.
Bake at 350 degrees 40-50 minutes until golden brown and loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Simple and Tasty. Yum!

Recipe from Natural Meals in Minutes by Rita Bingham
The kids and I ground the wheat in a Magic Mill wheat grinder. It smells so good!


Ramona said...

Okay, I totally posted on your last entry, but I guess something happened.

First of all- I don't think you told Tara and I, or at least me, what happened to Kitler? Did he make it?

Second, when are all of you going to band together and plot Dusty's demise? That dog is too strong and stupid to be allowed around small children and my foot.

Third, you should know better then to put up pictures of freshly baked bread on here. Are you trying to set of my poor prego cravings?

JenniBeanV said...

Yum!!! Nothing beats the smell of homemade bread!

Lacey said...

this bread looks great! I agree that the machine often gives wheat bread an unappetizing small bolder like finish, so I wanted to start baking the bread instead. I will try this recipe and let you know how it goes. you need special pans to make bread? You use a loaf pan here...I dont have one...pretty crucial or could I fake it with a small corningwear or pyrex casserole? Is it so very obvious that I am a slave to my bread machine?

Lacey said...

Thanks for the tips, can't wait to try this one out :)
and yes, I did make the brownies in little mini muffin tins. I find Im more satisfied if I can eat 3 or 4 little ones rather than 1 big one.

Abby said...

I'm not some freak thats being a voyer on your blog I swear. My sister Mandy told me to check out your blog. Very cute!

Your bread looks yummy! You may want to try some Sour Dough bread. I just read in my Woman's Health magazine that it is actually better for you than wheat! yippee, huh?

Abby said...

I wanted to also add that it I'm so glad to find another that loved the book These Is My Words as much as I did. I definitely recommend the other two I am now so saaaad that I have finished the series. Sooo hoping she writes another! That Sarah Prine is one wise woman!

Christina said...

Oh that looks heavenly! I am so going to make homemade bread as soon as I get home now, thank you!

Amy said...

Yum! Allyson LOVES to bake us fresh bread, we don't own a bread machine and she has a great recipe. I'll have to share yours with her, I think hers came from one of her Little House books.

Scribbit said...

That looks amazing! And us too, we're all about carbs here, I'd die on the Adkins.

An Ordinary Mom said...

We are a carb loving family, too. That bread looks fabulous ... it is making me hungry!

Anne Bradshaw said...

Bread, delicious bread! Looking is making me hungry.

By the way, I have another contest for a free book on my blog. Hardly any entries so far! It's a great book :-)

Annie said...

Thanks, everyone! Amy, I'd love Allyson's recipe. You can never have too many bread recipes!

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