Tuesday, September 18, 2012

TWD: Whole Wheat Loaves

I have a few friends who bake ALL their bread from scratch, every week.  Amazing, eh?  Well, with a recipe this simple, I have vowed to bake bread for my family way more frequently.






The recipe for this week of Tuesday With Dorie is Whole Wheat Loaves.  Our hosts are Michele of Veggie Num Nums and Teresa of The Family That Bakes Together.  Please go visit their lovely blogs!  You'll find the recipe there.


The recipe for Whole Wheat Loaves began with a dough of whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, yeast, honey, salt, and water.  It called for malt extract, but my pantry lacks that ingredient, so I omitted it.   With the help of my awesome Kitchenaid, the dough was kneaded for 10 minutes.






The dough was placed in a greased bowl and covered in plastic wrap for an hour or two of rising. 

Before:





After:




Then the dough was punched down and divided in two and flattened by hand into a rough rectangle.





For one of my loaves, I topped the dough with cheddar, parmesan, garlic and herbs, then rolled it up.  (It was a perfect accompaniment to our pasta fagioli soup last night!)





The dough was placed in buttered loaf pans, and then covered with plastic wrap for the second rise.





After the second rise, the dough was plump and ready for some time in a hot oven.





Look at the gorgeous color of the loaves after baking!





The texture of this bread is soft yet slightly chewy, and it is so delicious.  There's a hint of sweetness from the wheat and honey. 





We gobbled up the cheesy loaf last night (no picture---sorry!!) and this morning we enjoyed a slice with butter and jelly.   This recipe is surely a keeper!!!



18 comments:

  1. Interesting addition with the cheese and the garlic and herbs. Would have loved to see a picture of that. I am sure it would have looked deliciously interesting!

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    1. It was beautiful and yummy! There was a big bubble inside though, which the kids thought was really cool. :)

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  2. Fantastic, the first savoury bread I've seen so far. It looks great!
    This is my favourite recipe from the book so far. Such a versatile bread is a dream!
    We had it toasted and not-toasted with butter and honey or butter and jam,
    we use it for sandwiches or anytime we like to eat bread.
    I have tons in the freezer now, but none of them is savoury ... up in the kitchen and bake some more.

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    1. I love experimenting! Next time I'll add a cinnamon streusel layer and roll it up. Mmmmmmm......!

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  3. Love the cheese topped bread. I bet it was amazing. Once you master bread there are so many variations. Beautiful.

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    1. I totally agree! It took me years to figure out yeast breads and such, but now I finally feel like I "get it". :)

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  4. Yum! We loved this bread as well. I like the cheese idea!

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  5. I'm pleased every time I can bake loaves on time for these postings. That's impressive that folks bake their own bread all the time!

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    1. I know! I have friends that grind their own wheat too. Talk about super healthy!! :)

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  6. Your loaf is lovely - but I am really impressed with your mad cutting skills. Such perfect slices.

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    1. *whispers* I use my electric carving knife!!! ;)

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  7. Your loaf looks great! We loved this one, too. I admire those who make all their own bread, and when I make a recipe this easy, I wonder why I don't do it.

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  8. Beautiful pictures and post! Thank you for sharing! Blessings, Catherine www.praycookblog.com

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