Are you ready? The most delightful, soft, fluffy, sweet, whole wheat loaf of bread you will ever make. I hope it's your first time making bread, 'cause there's a slight possibility that you will never forget this guy. He's incredible. Thank you Aunt Diane!
Honey Whole Wheat Bread
- 2 1/4 cups water luke warm (about 30 seconds in microwave)
- 1/2 cup molasses, or sweetener of choice (I use agave)
- 2 tablespoons yeast
- 5-6 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup gluten
- 4 tablespoons ground flax (used as an oil substitute, but I only have chia seeds most of the time, so I've used olive oil)
- 1 scant teaspoon salt
- In a bowl add water and molasses and mix. Sprinkle yeast over the top of mixture. Stir until dissolved.
- In Kitchen Aid bowl place 4 cups flour, gluten, flax and salt.
- Mix with bread hook for 1 minute on Stir or Speed 2.
- On Speed 2, gradually add yeast mixture to flour mixture, about 2 or 3 minutes. Continue on Speed 2 adding remaining flour, ½ cup at a time until dough clings to hook and cleans sides of bowl. Then mix on Speed 2 for 5 minutes longer.
- (Don’t add more than the maximum amount of flour even if it doesn’t clean the sides of bowl…too much flour will cause a dry loaf)
- Place in a greased bowl ( use the Kitchen Aid bowl spraying it with PAM J), turning to grease top.
- Cover, let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in size (about 1 hour)
- Punch down loaf. Put back into Kitchen Aid bowl and mix on Speed 2 for 3 minutes
- Divide in half and place into two greased bread pans. Let rise....once the bread rises to the top of the bread pan (about 20-25 minutes) Start to preheat oven to 375 degrees . Bake at 375 degrees for a full 45 minutes (mine has never taken a full 45 mins, so check it after 25 minutes or so, tapping the top and listening for a good hollow sound). Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks.
Eat it every chance you get.
Also, I made 2 loaves and froze one. I will let you know if it still tastes like heaven after a week in the frozen land. :) enjoy!!