I’ve been on a kick of making everything from scratch and I’m still trying to find a bread recipe that I like, especially for whole wheat bread, which so far hasn’t been wildly successful, but hasn’t been horrible either.
Today I decided I’d try the King Arthur recipe for whole wheat bread. I didn’t have instant yeast and the instructions on the blog post wasn’t all too consistent with the process I’ve been following on other recipes, so I modified the steps to be more consistent with what I’ve been doing. The recipe called for taking 2T of water from the existing recipe and putting it in a separate bowl with the yeast to proof. The recipes I’ve read all tell you to do this with the entire portion of water and whatever “sweetener” is being used. In this case the recipe calls for 1/4 cup of honey. I made this recipe twice today and the second time around I just did the honey in the water with the yeast and let that proof, before adding the remaining ingredients. It worked out great.
1 1/4 cups water (Luke warm, 105 degrees)
1/4 cup honey
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup dry milk powder
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour mix*
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
Proof the yeast with the water and honey (add water to bowl of stand mixer and add honey, stir thoroughly and then add yeast). Once frothy/bubbly (roughly 8-10 minutes) add remaining ingredients and knead on second setting for 6-8 minutes. The dough should pull off the sides and not be too sticky. Lightly grease a large bowl with oil, place dough in bowl, and set (covered) in a warm place to rise for 1-2 hours, until doubled in size.
Take dough out and shape into a log that’s roughly 8″ long. Grease a bread form lightly with oil and place dough log inside. Allow to rise again (covered) until the dough is about an inch over the rim (1-2 hours again).
Preheat oven to 350 before bread reaches 1″ over edge. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes (or until the top is a golden brown) and then cover and bake for another 15-20 minutes (until internal temperature reaches 190 degrees Fahrenheit). The first time I made this I made one loaf out of the dough and the second step (to cover it) took about 30 minutes. The second time I made it I separated dough out into two loaves and it took about 18 minutes to get to 190 degrees.