Friday, January 24, 2014

"Good" vs. "Bad" - A Great Recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Bread!

"Good" vs. "Bad"  - A Great Recipe for 100% Whole Wheat Bread! 

I must admit I put off experimenting with 100% whole wheat recipes.....It's not that I don't love wheat-y, grain-y breads. It's because I'm the only one in the house who will eat them! Now that we're down to two (my hubby and  myself), it takes a long time to go through a loaf of bread. Even when there were five of us here, there were very few takers on those types of recipes. However, I had recently promised a subscriber that I would try to find a 100% whole wheat recipe that would work nicely in the EZ DOH, so now I was committed!

So this Tuesday, I hosted card club. These ladies always EXPECT me to try something new, so they became my guinea pigs! The meal for the evening was quiche, salad and bread. Mid-day, I began the bread-making process with a promising-looking whole wheat recipe. However, after an hour of rising, things were not looking too I panicked and started a search for another recipe, even though the hour was late. I went ahead and took a shot at the second recipe, in addition to making some gruyere cheese rolls (I had to have some kind of bread that would be guaranteed-edible!)

Well, the second wheat recipe was a huge success - mixed up beautifully and quickly in the EZ DOH, rose speedily and baked up like a dream! Hurrah! I went ahead and baked the "bad" recipe, too (see my pic below)........I stashed it in a drawer during the party, took it out afterwards long enough to take a pic, and then stashed it in the trash (Man, I hate to waste food, but this was pretty bad!!)

Here's the recipe for the "good" whole wheat bread, along with pics of BOTH breads....Enjoy!

"Good" Whole Wheat!
"Bad" Whole Wheat! 

 100%  "Good" Whole Wheat Bread                                                           

1 Tbsp./ packet Red Star Platinum yeast 
½ Cup warm water
1 Cup milk
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 ½ tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. softened butter
3-4 Cups whole wheat flour

Place yeast in EZ DOH bucket. Add warm water and stir. Let sit for 1-2 minutes to activate. Add 1 cup of flour, then remaining ingredients. (Add flour to total 3 cups, th
en add additional as necessary if dough seems excessively sticky). EZ DOH-it for 3-4 minutes, or until dough is smooth. Remove dough from bucket. Spray bucket lightly with cooking spray, replace dough in bucket and cover. Let rise until doubled. Remove dough from bucket. Shape into loaf (I lightly roll out the dough into a small rectangle and roll it up again, tucking in sides.) Place loaf in a greased 9x5 loaf pan. Cover and let rise till crown of dough is well over the top of the pan. Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove from pan. Brush top of loaf lightly with butter. Let cool on a wire rack.

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