I like whole grain. Rye is probably some of the best you could get when it comes to health benefits, but wheat is pretty good too. And it might be easier to get hold of, and slightly easier to work with.
Whole grains can be prepared in several different ways to achieve different textures or even to get the most health potential out of it (like sprouting) – but if you want to make a good whole grain bread in a day then here’s a quick procedure for doing so:
- Simmer 1 cup of whole grain (wheat or rye) in 2 cups of water for 1 hour
- Mix 3 cups of cold liquid with the boiled whole grains
- Feel the temperature – it should be about right for the yeast. If it feels warm, leave to cool for 10 min or so
- Add the yeast, salt, spices, oil and sweetener (if using)
- Mix the flour with the wet dough, half of it or everything but the white bread flour – and start working the dough. A kitchen machine will be very useful as the dough remains pretty sticky but needs some work
- Add the white flour gradually until the dough is slightly spongy, but still a bit sticky
- Leave to rise for a few hours (maybe only an hour – depends on the yeast you’re using. The dough should be double in size)
- Add more white flour and bring it out for a light kneading on the counter
- split the dough into two halves, shape two bread loafs and place into pre greased bread tins
- After rise for 30 minutes
- Brush the top lightly with milk or water and bake in the middle of the oven at 375 F (190 C) for about 45 minutes. Take them out of the tins, knock carefully underneath to hear a hollow sound and feel the firmness. Put it back into the oven for another 10 – 15 minutes without the tins if they don’t seem ready.
- Cool on a rack. You can easily wait for a day before cutting the bread because the boiled whole grain makes it nice and moist.
So now you know the procedure – here’s what I put into this whole grain bread (which has been very popular with the whole family)
1 cup whole grain wheat berries
2 cups water (for boiling the whole grains)
3 cups skimmed milk
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
3 tbsp dark sirup
2 tbsp hazelnut oil
1/2 tsp all spice
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup wheat bran
1/2 cup hazelnut flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
5-6 cups white bread flour (regular wheat)
I'm Currently living in Florida, USA, but I'm Norwegian born and bred. At the moment I enjoy baking bread and blogging about it. I enjoy blogging in general, because I like writing. But I'm trained as an illustrator, originally ... in England. One day I'll write a book. About bread. And illustrate it myself. Maybe. Life will see.