this is a basic everyday sandwich bread recipe. make it without extras, and it is less than 6 ingredients. this is easy easy (again only one rise,) and very foolproof. it comes together in about an hour, including rising and baking! it has a great texture and tight crumb and slices easily without crumbling. the only advice i have if you are a beginning bread baker is: get your water temperature right. it should feel like a very warm bath, but not too hot. if you have a candy thermometer, check for about 100-110 degrees. this is the bread i make week in, week out, for toast and sandwiches, for everyday. try it with hard white wheat. i haven't bought a loaf of bread in years. (in the time it takes me to drive to the store, get the bread, and come home, it's been an hour anyway.) i'm a sucker for some bread-love-hot-outta-the-ove!
foolproof whole wheat bread
recipe from the bosch store
3 cups warm water
1 Tablespoon salt
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup honey
4 cups whole wheat flour to start, about 9 cups total (freshly ground if you're hardcore!)
1 1/4 Tablespoons instant yeast
1 Tablespoon dough enhancer (texture, longevity)
1 Tablespoon wheat gluten (rise, crumb)
1/4 cup instant dry milk (flavor)
1/4 cup potato flakes (texture)
place water, oil, honey, salt and 4 cups flour in mixing bowl of a Bosch or another strong mixer fitted with a dough hook. Mix to a paste. Add yeast while mixing. On speed 1, add additional flour one cup at a time. Add flour until dough pulls away from sides of bowl, be careful not to add too much flour. Let knead for 8 minutes. Add dough enhancer and knead 1-2 more minutes. Take dough immediately from bowl and with greased hands, fill non-stick loaf pans 1/2 full with dough. Cover with plastic or saran wrap (to keep moist)(or oil tops and cover with dishtowel,) let rise until doubled (approx 1½ inches above top of pan.) Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. if you are freezing loaves for later, cut, wrap and freeze immediately after bread has cooled.
*add a teaspoon sugar to make honey flavor really pop. if you aren't using a dough enhancer, you can crush a vitamin c tablet and add into flour mixture to help bread keep longer. use this recipe as a jump off point. i have made yummy bread using just 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 oil, i have substituted honey, white sugar, brown sugar, molasses and all combinations, mixtures of white and wheat flours, applesauce for oil, lots of variations. you can use this dough for rolls, cinnamon rolls, hamburger buns, breadsticks, whatever. today i made some hamburger buns too. it's foolproof!
the trick to making hamburger buns is to roll out the dough pretty thick- maybe 1" or 1 1/4". then i cut the circles using a wide mouth mason jar lid. wet the tops with water and sprinkle on the sesame seeds. voila!
and i found a great link where she explains how to get good slices and what to do out of the oven (because i'm lazy, and this is exactly what i would tell you anyway. go here.)