Okay, don’t read “wheat bread, and immediately close the X…this bread tastes SO GOOD you won’t even KNOW its wheat bread.
Although I married into the name “Bake” that doesn’t mean I suddenly developed the ability to bake anything…even cookies! I didn’t grow up with much homemade bread, and my mom HATES baking. My sister however, inherited the baking genes from my dad and she has been trying to get me to make my own bread for years. So, one day I am at her house happily eating a DELICIOUS sandwich and I’m like- “I thought you made whole wheat bread?” And she just looks at me like I’m an idiot and says “that IS whole wheat bread”. I almost dropped the sandwich. Seriously, it was so good, I had NO IDEA it was good for me too! So I got her recipe. And then I promptly lost it, and went back across the country without learning to bake bread. It wasn’t until nearly 2 years later, that I suddenly decided I wanted to bake my own bread. (I really wanted to learn to use all that food storage wheat I had been buying) I started with white bread recipes and went through 4-5 before finding one I really love. Its called “Farmhouse White” and its SO GOOD!! You can find the recipe here After mastering that one, and branching out into my own pizza dough, and tortillas I finally decided to call my sister up and beg for her recipe again. Honestly, I wish I had just started with it, its SO MUCH easier and less time consuming than all my other recipes. You DO need whole wheat flour. I never do anything halfway so I bought this AWESOME wheat grinder and I grind my own wheat. Its SO CHEAP! I am sure my Nutrimill Grain Mill has completely paid for itself.
So let me give you the steps in a nutshell before you read through the recipe…
- Take all the ingredients and throw them in a mixer
- Turn the Mixer on and let it go for about 10 minutes
- Take dough out and cut it in half and put in 2 large bread pans
- Place bread pans directly in the cold oven and let it rise until its level with the top of the pan
- Turn the oven on 325 (bread finishes rising as the oven heats)
- Bake for 30 min (or until golden brown)
- How cool is that! In about an hour you have bread!
Here’s the Recipe
- 6 cups whole wheat flour (you can use 1/2 white)
- 2 TBSP yeast
- 1 TBSP Salt (its best to keep the yeast and the salt separate)
- 1/3 cup Sugar
- 2 cups Warm Water
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1/2 cup applesauce
Thanks Aubrey Anderson for the recipe, and for always having the patience to help your big sister figure stuff out!