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October 14, 2008

Whole Wheat White Bread

On Saturday I made Whole Wheat White Bread. I started it a little late, and because it was so cold, it took a while to rise. I actually fell asleep on the couch while it was baking, and let it bake an extra 15 minutes. It was in my stoneware loaf pan, so it didn't burn, of course!

Whole Wheat White Bread
from- Carolyn Hagerman

1 package yeast
1/4 cup lukewarm water
2 1/2 cups hot water
1/2 cup powdered milk
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup shortening (melted) or oil

3 cups sifted whole wheat flour
5 cups sifted all-purpose white flour

Soften yeast in 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees). Combine hot water, milk, sugar, salt, shortening or oil, cool to lukewarm. Stir in whole wheat flour and 1 cup white flour, beat well. Stir in softened yeast. Add enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough. Turn out on lightly floured surface, knead until smooth and satiny (10-12 minutes). Shape into a ball, place in lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in warm place til double in bulk (about 1 1/2 hours). (You can hurry this rising a bit by placing bread in oven. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and then turn off and put bread in.) Punch down. Cut in 2 portions, shape each into a smooth ball. Cover and let rest 10 minutes. Shape into loaves, place in greased bread pans. Let rise until double (1 1/4 hours). Bake in moderate oven 375 degrees about 45 minutes. Cover with foil the last 20 minutes if necessary. Makes 2 loaves. Great toasted.

My tips:

I used Prep Bowls to soften the yeast.

I mixed it in my Kitchen aide mixer with whisk attachment. After stirring in yeast I switched to dough hook attachment. I was able to add all the flour, and continue to knead with the dough hook, instead of by hand.

After putting in greased bowl, I microwaved for 15 seconds, turned the dough ball, then microwaved for another 15 seconds.

When in the loaf pans I used the warm oven to help it rise, it worked a lot faster.

I used the Stoneware Loaf Pan to bake the loaves of bread.

I think covering with foil for last 20 minutes is a good idea. If only I hadn't fallen asleep.

I will try this recipe again!

1 comment:

Anne said...

I am super impressed with your cooking! I don't know what else to say....I just want to eat something! :O)