Soft 100% Whole Wheat Bread

Soft 100% Whole Wheat Bread (from A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll)


Ingredients:

4 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast

1/4 cup warm water (*105-115 degrees F)

1/4 cup vital wheat gluten (such as Bob's Red Mill)

1/4 cup ground flax seed

1 tablespoon himalayan pink sea salt (or any salt)

1/4 cup oil (I use vegetable or grape seed)

1/2 cup raw honey + 1 tablespoon (or molasses or a combination of both)

2 1/2 cups warm water*

6-7 cups whole wheat flour (my favorite is King Arthur)


Directions:

1. In a small bowl, add 1/4 cup warm water, yeast, and 1 tablespoon honey. Stir together and allow the yeast to bloom for about 10 minutes. (The yeast will become active and puffy if it's alive.)


2. Meanwhile, in the bowl of your Kitchen Aid Mixer, add 6 cups of flour, vital wheat gluten, flax seed, and salt. With your dough hook attachment on, turn on the mixer to stir the ingredients together.


3. Add the bloomed yeast mixture and 2 1/2 cups warm water. In a measuring cup, add the oil and swirl it around. Then measure your honey inside the oil. (This is a trick I use so the honey easily slides out of the glass measuring cup.)  Turn on the mixer to #2 and allow the dough to knead for about 5 minutes. Gradually add in more flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until the kneaded dough just begins to pull away from the side of the bowl.


4. Grease a large mixing bowl. With wet hands, scrape the dough into the greased mixing bowl. Lightly grease a piece of plastic wrap and cover the bowl. Put the dough in a warm place for about an hour. (Until it has doubled in size.)


5. On a lightly floured counter, turn out your dough and give it a quick knead. Divide the dough into two equal pieces. Lightly roll out one of the pieces until it is about 12-14 inches long. (This doesn't' have to be perfect.) Roll up the dough and place seam side down in a greased loaf pan. Repeat with the second piece of dough. Cover both pans with a piece of greased plastic wrap. This step may seem unnecessary, but this is what will give your bread a nice swirl pattern on the inside.


6. Place the loaves in a warm place so they can rise for a second time. I like to let my dough rise for 30 mintes. Then I preheat my oven at 350 degrees F and let my dough contiume to rise for another 20 minutes while the oven preheats.


7. After the oven is preheated, remove the plastic wrap and bake for about 40 minutes.

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