05 Jun Whole Wheat Bread
About 9 years ago when we moved in, my neighbor and friend brought us the most delicious warm loaf of bread! When she told me it was whole wheat bread and she ground her own wheat, I couldn’t believe it! I asked for the recipe right away and even went over for a demonstration! For about a year, I would carry down my wheat to her house, grind a bunch of wheat, then haul it back home to make my loaves of whole wheat bread! She did only live 4 houses down so I guess I shouldn’t make it sound so treacherous! 🙂 It didn’t take long before I got my own wheat grinder and Bosch mixer which made it a lot more convenient to make from home! (thanks to a nice Christmas gift from my inlaws!) This recipe takes about 2 hours from start to finish and is really easy to make! Plus you get 4 loaves out of it! I haven’t met anyone who hasn’t loved it either so it’s worth the labor of love!
First I grind my wheat in my wheat grinder! Nothing makes you feel more domestic than grinding your own wheat! 😉
Here’s a before + after of the wheat! I don’t know about you, but I think this is way cool!
In your mixer mix:
5 C hot water (I use the hottest water from my sink)
1/4 C oil
3/4 C honey
You’ll next add:
2 C wheat flour and mix that together!
Then you’ll add:
1 T dough enhancer
1 T salt
3 C wheat flour
You can find the dough enhancer at most baking stores! I got mine at the Bosch store in Orem! Your dough should be the consistency of pancake batter at this point!
Now it’s time to add the 2 T yeast!
At this point, you’ll want to keep adding wheat flour 1 C at a time until it cleans the bowl.
NOTE **You end up adding A TOTAL OF 10-11 CUPS OF WHEAT FLOUR** (it shouldn’t be any more than 11 cups!) If it helps make it easy, keep a little piece of paper close by and tally how much cups you’ve added. Like in the beginning you add 2 cups, so that makes 2 tally’s, then when you get to the pancake batter consistency mark 3 more tally marks (which is a total of 5). In the end it ends up being 10-11 cups of wheat flour! (make sense?)
Let it knead in the machine for 5 minutes. Then cover it and let it raise for 15 minutes.
While you’re waiting for the dough to rise you’ll want to grease your 4 bread pans with Crisco!
Grease your countertops with some oil.
Divide the dough into 4 equal loaves.
Then beat out each loaf until all the bubbles are out and it’s in the shape of a rectangle. Literally take out all your anger and frustrations out by hitting the palm of your hand onto the dough until it is a flat rectangle! 🙂 Roll up the dough hot dog length and tuck under the ends. At this point, I like to play with it a little bit, making sure everything is tucked just right and is smooth. Then you’re ready to set each loaf in it’s greased pan!
Let it rise for 15-25 minutes.
Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. I bake all 4 loaves together in a regular oven!
MOST IMPORTANTLY, rub some butter on top right as they come out of the oven! I’d say let them cool slightly before cutting into it, but that’s not usually what happens at our house! 🙂
Even though it’s summer, turn on that oven and bake some bread! You’ll feel so domestic and productive! When your husband gets home and the house is a mess, he won’t even notice it because he’ll be so taken back by the aroma in your home and the delicious bread in your kitchen! Take one loaf to your neighbor for a fun surprise! They’ll love you forever!
Let me know if you give this a try and tell me what you think! Tag us on Instagram if you bake some whole wheat bread this summer!