Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Win's Foolproof Whole Wheat Bread

My friend and neighbor, Win, and her husband, Eddie, used to own the Bosch store up the street.  I got this delicious whole wheat bread recipe from her and am using it with her permission.  


Small Batch               Regular Batch         

4                              6 C warm water

1                              1 1/2 TB salt

1/3                           1/2 C oil

1/3                           1/2 C honey

1 1/2                        2 TB Dough Enhancer

2                              3 TB Saf Yeast

7                              l0 C wheat kernels

3                              4-5 4 x 8 pans

1.  Freshly grind wheat in a wheat grinder on medium 


I have a L'Equip grinder.  It only has one setting, grind.  And 

it's loud. And the filter pops up when there begins to be a lot

of flour in the base.  But other than that, it does a very nice 

job.  Don't you think the flour looks pretty?

2. Add water and several cups of freshly ground whole wheat flour to Bosch mixing bowl with dough hook in place.  Mix, using a few short bursts of the spring-loaded jogging switch (M).  

3.  Add the salt, honey, oil, dough enhancer and instant yeast and jog briefly.  (If the quality of your wheat is suspect, try adding 3 or 4 tablespoons of gluten also.)

4.  While the Bosch is kneading at speed one, slowly add whole wheat flour until dough pulls away from the side of the mixing bowl.  This normally will take most of the whole wheat flour you have ground.  It is better to add too little flour than too much flour. Allow the Bosch to knead the dough until the gluten in the whole wheat flour is properly developed.  This takes about 10-12 minutes.

5. Turn oven on to pre-heat at 150 degrees Fahrenheit.  Shape the loaves and place into pans previously well greased. (Win suggests the product Vegalene.)
6. Turn oven off. Put loaves in warm oven to rise until double in size. This will take approximately 25 minutes.  

7.  When loaves are double in size, turn oven on and set oven to 350 degrees (leave the loaves in the oven). Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

8. When loaves are done, immediately remove from pans and let cool on wire rack.  (Hint: Wipe out pans while hot with a paper towel or dry cloth.  Don't wash them.)

With this particular batch, I also made a dozen rolls by taking a small piece of dough, rolling it between my palms, and placing the roll in a 9 X 13 pan.  I let them rise as the bread, but they shouldn't cook as long. About 20 -25 minutes.  I forgot this and left them in so I just had to try one with my neighbor's raspberry peach jam while the bread was cooling.  Even overcooked they were delicious!

Here's the thing.  My kids will eat this bread.  I does not have that bitter wheat aftertaste that comes because the whole wheat flour has been sitting on the grocery store shelf too long.  Do I make this for my family frequently?  Nope.  (I have a teaching job that pays me for 7 hours a day and expects me to work 10.  Not a lot of time to bake!)  We succumb to store bought bread more often than not.  But when I do make the bread, I will freeze a few loaves for later.

If you've never made bread before, do where you get all the supplies for making wheat bread?  Check to see if you have a local Bosch Kitchen Center.  They sell everything from wheat kernels, to grinders, to mixers.  If not, several places sell these things on line.  Our local grocery stores will carry large pails of wheat.  If you don't have that available in your area, most natural food stores will sell whole grains and bread making products like gluten, dough enhancer, and yeast.  

I highly recommend saving your pennies and buying a Bosch mixer.  This was the best kitchen appliance purchase I have ever made.   Mostly I like it for making a double batch of chocolate chip cookies.  You can buy hand wheat grinders, but your arm is going to fall off by the time you grind ten cups of wheat.  So save your pennies for that as well.

Win's Foolproof Bread  5 out of 5 stars.
Bosch Mixer  5 out of 5 stars.
L'equip wheat grinder 4 out of 5 stars.

Oh, and one last thing. To some of my international readers, sorry about the customary measurements.  We Yanks still don't do metric!

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