Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Baking, Baking and More Baking…My Favorite Bread Recipe

So, I’ve been busy putting my new Bosch mixer to the test. I’ve tried Dayna’s favorite bread recipe (which is delish and I hope she’ll share it here with everyone!) and a few others in search of a good standby recipe.

I came across this recipe and made a few changes. It is really, really good. The bread is light and soft…great texture and not too dense.

Slice o'bread

Best Bread

  • 1/2 c warm water

  • 3 pkgs or 1.5 T active dry yeast

  • 1/4 c unbleached, all-purpose flour

  • 1 T white sugar

  • 4.5 c warm water

  • 1 c old-fashioned oats

  • 1 c wheat bran

  • 1/2 c flax

  • 2 c whole wheat flour

  • 1.5 T salt

  • 2/3 c brown sugar

  • 1/3 c olive oil

  • 1/3 c melted butter, cooled

  • 1/2 c vital wheat gluten

  • 9.5 c unbleached all-purpose flour

  • In the bowl of your mixer, add together first four ingredients. Mix on lowest setting until combined. Let sit 5 minutes to allow yeast to grow. Meanwhile, in a blender, blend together oats and flax seed until very coarsely ground.

  • Add to mixing bowl: water, oat/flax mixture, bran, wheat flour, salt, brown sugar, olive oil, butter and gluten. Mix on low speed 1 to 2 minutes. Increase speed. Add 1/2 to 1 cup of flour at a time until dough pulls away from side of bowl. Amount of flour will depend upon humidity. Dough may be sticky.

  • Place dough in oiled bowl and turn to coat surface. Cover with a damp cloth and place in a warm spot or on an oven mitt in a 150-degree oven. Allow to rise until the dough doubles in size or about an hour.

  • Divide the dough into 6 small sections (8“ pans) or 4 large sections (9” pans). Slap each section on the table to remove air pockets and form into loaves.

  • Place the loaves in greased bread pans and allow to rise another hour or until the dough is about an inch above the rim of the pans. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 35 minutes or until brown. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then turn loaves out of pans onto rack until cooled.



Enjoy! Let me know what you think! Happy baking!


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