Classic Whole Wheat Bread

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup warm water
  2. 2 tsp active dry yeast
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 1/4 cup honey
  5. 2 tbsp canola oil
  6. 2 3/4 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  7. 2 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  8. 1 tbsp salt

Method

  1. Pour water into large mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast into water Let stand for 5 minutes Stir in milk honey and oil
  2. Add 2 cups of all-purpose flour and salt to wet ingredients and mix
  3. Incorporate the rest of the all-purpose flour and the whole wheat flour Stir until the dough begins to come together
  4. Let the dough stand for 20 minutes to give the flour time to absorb the water
  5. Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes either by hand on the counter or with the dough hook attachment in a stand mixer Add all-purpose flour a tablespoon at a time as needed until the dough is no longer sticky
  6. Form dough into a ball and turn into a greased bowl Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot Allow to double in size (15 to 2 hours)
  7. Turn dough out onto floured counter top and seperate dough in half Form each half into 2 balls Let stand for 10 minutes
  8. Grease two 9×5 loaf pans Shape each ball into a loaf by flattening it out into a rectangle with a length of 9 Fold 1/3 of dough toward you then fold another 1/3 away from you over the first 1/3 Pinch dough to close the seam Place dough seam down into loaf pans
  9. Let dough rise in loaf pans until it starts to dome over About 30-45 minutes Preheat oven to 425°F
  10. Make one shallow cut lengthwise in top of dough with a serated knife Turn oven down to 375°F and place loaf pans into oven on middle rack
  11. Bake for 30-35 minutes Bread should be dark golden brown and should sound hollow when tapped on bottom Let cool on racks for at least 3 hours before slicing
  12. Bread can be kept at room temperature for several days or wrapped in plastic and foil and frozen for up to 3 months

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