Wednesday, January 27, 2010
I have been making bread for about a month now and it seems I have finally found a recipe that we all like. It makes 4 loaves. The recipe came out of a book called The Magic of Wheat Cookery. Here is the recipe:
2 Tbl dry yeast
1/2 c warm water
5 c hot tap water
2 Tbl salt
2/3 c oil
2/3 c honey or raw sugar(I use honey)
12 c whole wheat flour(fresh ground)
1)Sprinkle yeast into the 1/2 c warm water. Let stand 10-15 minutes(1 Tbl sugar in yeast will help it work faster.) Grind 9c wheat in mill on fine.
2)combine hot tap water and 7c freshly ground whole wheat flour in mixer bowl. Mix on low speed until blended.
3)Add salt, oil, and honey or raw sugar. Continue to mix until well blended. Add 1c flour to mixture and blend thoroughly.
4)Add 3-4 c more flour to mixture. knead for 10 min on low speed or until the dough begins to clean the side of the bowl and is the consistency of cookie dough.
5)oil hands. Remove dough from mixer 1/4 at a time. Mold into loaves on oiled counter. Place in oiled pans. oil top of loaves if soft crust is desired. Cover loaves with a damp cloth. Let rise 1/3 in bulk for approximately 35 min.
6)Bake at 350 for 40-50 min Remove from pans. put on rack to cool. Brush tops with butter or oil.
**I have also done the double rise: put dough in bowl and cover and rise for 1-1/2 hours then shape into loaves and let rise covered again for 1/2 hour. then bake.
**watch the bread at the end of cooking time...mine always seems to get a little too brown.