Hi Everybody! The other day I made wheat bread and now I want to share the experience with you! I encourage you to try this! It is perfect sandwich bread and I really want you to enjoy it as much as I am! It's a must for soup, turkey sandwiches, and toast in the morning. (Your dough will look about 1/3 of the size and you will get one loaf if you go by recipe. Since I tripled it, I got two very large loaves and two med sized ones.)
First I started off by adding the dry ingredients..... 2 1/2 Cups Bread Four, 1 1/2 cups Wheat Flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of sea salt, 3 tablespoons of dry milk powder, and 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast. Whisk together.
Then i mixed in 1 1/2 Tablesoons of honey, 2 tablespoon so butter (I melted mine and then found out you weren't supposed to but it worked out great anyway), and 1 1/4 cups of room temp water. Mixture looked shaggy and gross looking before kneading.
And now the kneading process which takes about 10 minutes.... I ended up adding about 1/4 cup of more water because mine was a little dry. By the time you are done kneading, you should have something like this. Somewhat elastic and not too stiff.
Cover and let rise for about an hr and a half until double in size. This is what mine looked like. Keep in mind that I tripled the recipe.
Now, push lightly to deflate and roll out your dough into a 6"X9" rectangle (if doubling or tripling recipe, be sure to divide out the dough.) Starting at a short end and sealing as you go, roll up dough like you would for a jelly roll.
This is what it should look like at the ends..
Add rolled up dough to greased extra large bread pan and tuck each end under a bit so that it doesn't show. Let rise for around 60 minutes.. (maybe not quite as far as mine did)
Time for the oven! Spray tops with water bottle and put in oven preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for 30 minutes, turn pan and bake for another 15-20 minutes.They will puff up. Mine got quite tall!
Aaand voila! Light wheat bread fresh from the oven!
Try your hardest to wait for bread to cool before slicing (I know it's hard). Believe me, it will be worth it. This also freezes great for months so don't worry about using it up. Just slice, put in a freezer bag and freeze. If you take the time to make this for your family, they will thank you and you will thank yourself. Benjamin sure likes it!!
Perfect, soft, and delicious! Enjoy!
Here's the original recipe from Smitten Kitchen: