Thursday, March 27, 2008

Whole Wheat Bread

I've never made this one from start to finish in the bread machine. Usually, I use the dough-only cycle. Its easy to vary the taste of this bread by changing the kind of fat/oil you use. Using olive oil (which is what I usually do) gives a more savory flavor that is especially good toasted with butter or peanut butter. Using butter, canola oil or crisco create a different texture and taste. You can also vary the sugar by using either regular sugar or honey. If you use honey, cut out some of the other liquid.

2 1/2 t Instant yeast, or 1 packet of active dry yeast dissolved in 2 T water
1 1/3 c water
1/2 c oil (vegetable, butter, olive, crisco)
1/3 c sugar (or honey or molasses or maple syrup)
2 c white whole wheat flour
1.5 c bread flour
1/4 c nonfat dried milk
1 1/4 t salt

If you choose to do this in the dough-only cycle, when the cycle completes remove it from the pan and place it on an oiled surface. Shape into an 8-inch log. Place into an 8.5x4.5" pan, cover and allow to rise an hour or until it is 1inch over the top of the pan. Bake at 350 for 20min, then tent with foil. Bake another 20min. Remove from pan to cool.

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