Whole Wheat Bread in a Stand Mixer
Makes 2 large loaves
Add to bowl of stand mixer:
2 1/4 c. warm water
1 TBS yeast
When yeast is dissolved, add:
3 TBS honey
3 1/2 TBS oil
1 tsp dough conditioner
2 c. whole wheat flour
3 TBS vital wheat gluten
Mix with paddle for a few minutes, adding
2 1/4 tsp salt
Switch to dough hook and start adding the remainder of the flour:
4 c. whole wheat flour
Creep up to 4 c. as the mixer is working. Feel free to go over 4 cups as needed.
Let the mixer work for about 5 minutes after you finish adding flour. (Level 3)
Cover and let rise at least 30 minutes. If you have time to wait until it’s fully risen do it. You’ll know because a slight finger impression should stay, and not spring back.
Divide in two and shape each into a loaf. Placed in a greased loaf pan (9 inch).
Preheat the oven to 350 and let the dough rise on the stovetop, covered, until the dough is about an inch over the top of the pan. About 30-60 minutes.
Put in oven for 35 minutes or so, putting a loose piece of foil over the top if it gets too dark.
Remove from pan and cover with a towel to cool at least 5 minutes before cutting into it.
Store loaf in plastic bag after it’s cooled.
Whole Wheat Bread by Hand
Use the above recipe, keeping the following notes in mind:
- Use a wooden or plastic spoon when mixing by hand.
- Follow the same process and incorporate half the flour first, but add the salt a bit earlier on (so it is sure to mix thoroughly in.)
- Take off your wedding ring.
- When the dough becomes too difficult to stir in additional flour, get all your flour handy and start using your hands to incorporate the final amount.
- Keep the “stand” amounts in mind so you’re not tempted to add too much flour. -Turn onto an oiled (not floured) surface and knead about twice as long as the stand mixer goes (10 minutes).
- Rising and baking is the same, though it may be a bit longer due to a heavier dough when you make it by hand. (The temptation to over-add flour or stop kneading too early is very strong. You must be stronger.)