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Plain Wheat Bread

  • Author: Chris Dalziel
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 60 min
  • Total Time: 5 hours
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x
  • Category: Bread
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Traditional

Description

A simple loaf of bread to start you on your breadmaking journey.


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Ingredients

  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tbsp. yeast
  • 1 ½ cups of warm water (103F)
  • 2 tbsp. organic sugar
  • 2 tsp. Celtic salt or Himalayan salt
  • 1 tbsp. butter or coconut oil
  • ½ cup of additional grains such as ¼ c. freshly ground flax, ¼ c. ground nuts or sunflower seeds

Instructions

  • Dissolve yeast in warm water, with 1 tbsp. of sugar.  Once yeast is bubbly pour it in a mixer bowl.
  • Add 4 cups of flour, the other tbsp. of sugar, salt, butter or oil, and ¼ cup of freshly ground flax seed, plus ¼ cup of ground nuts or other seeds.
  • Mix using the dough hook of your stand mixer until dough forms into a ball.
  • Remove dough from mixer and knead by hand for a few seconds until dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Put dough into mixer bowl, cover with a towel or plastic bowl cover to retain humidity, and keep dough from drying out.
  • Allow dough to rise 1 ½ to 2 hours in warm place, until dough is double in bulk.
  • Rising spot should be at least 70F but not more than 90F.
  • When the dough has doubled in bulk, remove the dough from the bowl.
  • Knead briefly.
  • Allow dough to rest, covered for 10 minutes.
  • Form the dough into an oblong loaf.
  • Place on a greased baking sheet.
  • Top with a sprinkling of ground nuts.
  • Cut the top to allow the dough to rise unimpeded.
  • Cover the loaf with a kitchen towel and allow to rise for 40 to 60 min.
  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Place baking sheet with loaf in the oven and bake for 10 minutes.
  • Turn heat down to 350F and bake an additional 20 minutes.
  • Remove loaf.

Notes

If bread is done the loaf will sound hollow when tapped on the underside.

Let bread cool completely before slicing, or it will squish.

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