Sunday, December 4, 2011

Whole Wheat Bread -- The Best in the WORLD!

10 – 12 cups whole wheat flour (freshly ground)
2 T Saf-Instant Yeast
1/3 cup gluten flour
½ t. vitamin C powder (about 500 mg) sometimes called “ascorbic acid”
2 T lecithin granules
4 cups warm water
1/3 cup oil (or applesauce)
2/3 cup honey (may increase to 1 cup, part may be molasses or other sweetener)
1 T. salt

Place 6 cups flour, yeast, gluten flour, vitamin C and lecithin in a bowl with dough hook. Pulse to mix well. Add water and mix for one minute. Turn off, cover, and let “sponge” for 15 minutes.

Add oil (or applesauce), honey and salt. Turn on mixer and add flour one cup at a time until dough forms a ball and cleans the sides of the bowl.

Knead for 10 minutes.

Let dough rest and rise about 15 minutes. (This step may be skipped, but dough won’t be as soft.)

Punch down. Form loaves. Allow to rise double. Pans should be oiled or sprayed.

Bake 325° for 30 – 35 minutes.

**Note: Pre-heat oven to 425°, but turn down to 325° as bread goes into the oven.