Friday, January 30, 2009

1 1/4 cups warm water
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
1 tablespoon powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup flax meal (you can purchase this at Wal-Mart, but I just grind whole flax seeds with a coffee grinder because it's cheaper)
3 tablespoons wheat bran
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast

Place ingredients in your bread machine pan in the order listed, making a little well for the yeast to rest in:

Put the bread pan in the machine, and select the "Dough" cycle, for a 1.5 pound loaf. When the cycle is complete, remove the dough from the pan, and place it on a lightly floured surface. I actually prefer to use a Silpat, because I can spray my hands with a little cooking spray, and shape the loaf easily. No extra flour is necessary, because the silicone prevents the dough from sticking. Shape the dough into a uniform, loaf-like shape, like this:

Place the dough in a lightly oiled bread pan. Cover with a damp towel, and let rest in a warm place, until doubled in size. This can take up to an hour, depending on how warm it is in your house. If you poke the top of the loaf with two fingers, and the dents remain, the loaf has risen enough. When ready, it will look like this:

With a sharp knife, cut a slit in the top of the loaf, within 2 inches of each end (this is optional - I just do it because it gives the bread a "split-top wheat" look). Bake in a preheated, 375-degree oven for 30-35 minutes. The finished bread will be golden brown and will sound hollow when tapped:

Allow to cool before slicing and eating.

If you don't have a bread machine, you can make this bread the traditional way, using these instructions:

1. Dissolve yeast in warm water. Add honey and oil, and stir well. Mix in all other dry ingredients, except all-purpose flour. Work all-purpose flour in gradually. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead for at least 10 to 15 minutes. When dough is smooth and elastic, place it in a well oiled bowl. Turn it several times in the bowl to coat the surface of the dough, and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

2. Punch down the dough. Shape into uniform loaf shape, and place in an oiled 9 x 5 inch loaf pan. Allow to rise until dough is 1 to 1 1/2 inches above pan.

3. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 30 -35 minutes.



Shanna said...

Thank you for the 'no bread machine' directions. I've never made bread before, but you make it seem so easy and it looks so good! Thank you for sharing!

The Luce Family said...

Is there a way to print your entire recipe book?

Jess said...

Hey Heather! I just got a bread machine and I am playing around with problem lies in the slicing of the bread...any suggestions????

Eden said...

Thank you for posting this recipe! I've never made bread before, but I tried the no-bread-machine recipe today, and I LOVED it!
The first loaf came together so quickly, I made a second loaf to share with my mom. Again, thanks!

SarahG said...

I am new to bread making and have tried a few recipes. This by far is the best recipe and my family's favorite! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and knowledge! It helps young mothers like myself so much!