May 26, 2010

Wheat Bread

I created this recipe by combining several other recipes, because I wanted a wheat bread recipe that was quick, easy, did not include a lot of unusual ingredients, and that was light. In the process I learned several things about wheat bread. First, if you want 100% wheat bread to be light, you have to use an electric mixer with a dough hook. Otherwise, you have to add a lot more flour. Second, unlike when making white bread, you add the flour then 10 minutes later it comes away from the sides of the bowl. (When making white bread in a KitchenAid, you keep adding flour until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl.) 

Recipe revisited here.

Whole Wheat Bread
6 ½ cups whole wheat flour
1 ¼ T yeast
2 1/3 cups lukewarm water
1 T salt
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
2 T + 2 tsp molasses (or honey)
2 T + 2 tsp honey
1 ¼ T bottled lemon juice
Remove egg from refrigerator and set on counter. Mix 3 ½ cups flour and yeast together in an electric mixer with dough hook attached. (On a KitchenAid, you should never exceed speed 2 when using the dough hook.) Add water all at once, and mix for one minute, scraping sides as needed. Cover with a dish towel and let rest for 10 minutes. Add salt, egg, oil, molasses, honey, and lemon juice, and mix for one minute. Add remaining 3 cups of flour, one cup at a time, mixing between each cup. Beat until dough comes away from the sides of the bowl (mostly), about 10 minutes. If after 11 minutes dough has not come away from the edges of the bowl, you may add additional flour, a couple of tablespoons at a time. The dough should feel a little sticky, but soft.
Preheat oven for 1 minute (at any temperature), then turn off oven. Divide dough, and, with oiled hands, place in 2 oiled 8x4 inch bread pans. (You may shape the dough if you wish, but it is not required.) Let rise in warm oven for 10-15 minutes, or until dough reaches the top of the bread pans. Do not remove bread from oven. Turn oven on to 350ºF, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove bread from pans, and cool on racks.


  1. Hi Jessica! This is Robyn Rusch! I'm excited for your blog. It's such a great idea. And I'm excited to try your bread recipe - it sounds like I could probably pull it off :) Thanks for sharing!

  2. I've never used a mixer when making bread...something to try. :)