Making bread has a bit of a mystique to it, but it really shouldn’t. It’s one of those things that some people are terrified of, that they simply shouldn’t be. Homemade is surprisingly easy and you just can’t beat the flavor! You also can’t beat the price…It’s much cheaper to make your own! Plus you can control what goes into each loaf. Want a delicious whole grain bread? Then you can have it! Who says whole grain bread has to taste bland? Trust me…This one is fabulous!
1 1/2 cups of warm water
2 teaspoons of yeast
2 cups of white whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons of sea salt
2 tablespoons of powdered milk
1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, finely chopped
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
4 tablespoons of honey
Dissolve yeast in water and let sit for bout 5 minutes or until foamy.
In a large bowl stir together white whole wheat flour, whole wheat flour, sea salt, powdered milk and sunflower seeds until completely incorporated. Add olive oil, honey and yeast water until dough forms. (Note: Whole grain flours, just like more refined flours, react differently depending on humidity. You might need all of the water, or just some of it, or you might even need a bit more. Your dough should be firm, yet elastic. Don’t worry if you add too much water…Just add flour a tablespoon at a time until the dough is good. If you get too much flour, then add water a tablespoon at a time in the same manner.)
Turn dough out onto a floured surface (Note: Use either whole wheat or white whole wheat flour) and knead for 2-3 minutes until dough springs back when touched. Shape dough into a loaf and place into a bread pan that has been brushed with olive oil or sprayed with non-stick spray:
Let bread rise for an hour or so in a warm place until doubled in size:
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Bake for 45 minutes to an hour until bread sounds hollow when tapped and is golden brown:
Let rest in pan for 5 minutes and then turn out onto a cotton towel to cool. Store in an airtight container.
Notes: If you don’t like sunflower seeds you can chop up some oats instead or even nuts.