Monday, October 14, 2013

Homemade Whole Wheat Bread

Basic Homemade Whole Wheat Bread:
Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
6 c warm water
2/3 c oil
2/3 c honey
8 c freshly ground whole wheat flour (more flour needed later)
2 T vital wheat gluten (recommended but optional)
2 T dough enhancer (recommended but optional)
2-3 T SAF yeast (or other preferred brand)
4-8 additional cups whole wheat flour
2 T Real salt
2 T Liquid lecithin (optional)

In Bosch mixer combine water, oil, honey and lecithin (optional).  Add 8 c freshly ground wheat flour. On top of flour add gluten, dough enhancer, yeast.  Mix on low speed until smooth.  Then, slowly add additional freshly ground flour - so that it mixes completely a little at a time.

The dough will begin to move up the center column of Bosch mixer.  STOP adding flour when the dough starts to leave the sides of the bowl (sides become clean).  (The amount of flour you add will depend on the moisture and protein levels in your wheat.)

Then, turn your mixer to middle speed and mix for about 5 minutes.  Lightly oil counter top and put bread dough onto it.  Cut into 4-6 equal sections.  Form into loaves.  Put into greased bread pans.

Let rise until loaves are almost doubled in size.  When they are fully risen you should be able to put a small dent in the side of one of the loaves with your finger and the dent will not come back out - or it will come back out slowly.

Place loaves in COOL oven (not preheated).  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 min.


For Homemade Whole Wheat Bread I use a Whisper Grain Mill to grind my wheat and a Bosch Mixer to blend and knead.  These are two of my favorite products and I recommend them highly.  They are expensive but well worth the investment.  I've had both of mine for over 15 yrs. and they are still going strong.  I believe that they may last me at least another 15-20 years.

But, if you don't have them you can use whatever you have and/or knead by hand.  There are always ways to do things even if you don't have the best equipment.  It's all part of learning to do the best we can with what we have.