There’s something comforting and satisfying about the aroma of freshly baked bread wafting through your home. If you’re looking to embark on a baking adventure and fill your kitchen with the delightful smell of warm bread, then this wheat bread recipe is just what you need. With a few simple ingredients and some patience, you can enjoy a loaf of deliciously wholesome bread that’s perfect for sandwiches, toast, or enjoying on its own. Let’s get started!
Ingredients for Wheat Bread:
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 ¼ teaspoons active dry yeast
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ¾ cups warm water (around 110°F/43°C)
- Activate the yeast: In a small bowl, combine the warm water and honey. Stir until the honey dissolves. Sprinkle the yeast over the water-honey mixture and let it sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes foamy.
- Mix the dough: In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, and salt. Create a well in the center and pour in the yeast mixture and olive oil. Stir the ingredients together until a shaggy dough forms.
- Knead the dough: Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead it for about 8-10 minutes. Add small amounts of flour as needed to prevent sticking, but be careful not to add too much flour, as it can result in a dense loaf.
- First rise: Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise in a warm, draft-free place for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours or until it doubles in size.
- Shape the loaf: Once the dough has risen, punch it down gently to release any air bubbles. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and shape it into a loaf. You can use your hands to shape it or roll it out with a rolling pin and then tightly roll it into a log shape.
- Second rise: Place the shaped loaf onto a parchment-lined baking sheet or into a greased loaf pan. Cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rise for another 45 minutes to 1 hour until it has doubled in size.
- Preheat and bake: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). If desired, you can brush the loaf with a little water and sprinkle some oats or seeds on top for added texture and visual appeal. Bake the bread for 30-35 minutes, or until it turns golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
- Cool and enjoy: Once baked, transfer the bread to a wire rack and let it cool completely before slicing. The anticipation will be difficult, but it’s worth the wait! Enjoy your homemade wheat bread with your favorite spreads, use it for sandwiches, or savor it simply toasted with a pat of butter.
Enjoy your Wheat Bread
Baking your own homemade wheat bread is a rewarding experience that fills your home with warmth and an irresistible aroma. With this straightforward wheat bread recipe, you can create a loaf of wholesome bread that is sure to impress your family and friends. So don your apron, roll up your sleeves, and let the magic of bread-making unfold in your kitchen. Happy baking!
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