I like white bread as much as the next person, but on a daily basis, I prefer to have whole wheat bread on hand. (It makes me feel better, okay?) The problem is, a good whole wheat bread recipe is hard to come by.
This recipe makes whole wheat bread easy. It’s so quick to prep, and the stand mixer takes most of the work off your hands. So, if you’re looking to boost your family’s fiber intake, or just to feel better about those PB&J or grilled cheese sandwiches that your daughters ask you to make every. single. day. – hey, I’m not naming any names, here – then this is the recipe for you. Give it a try! And then let us know how you like it!
What you need:
- 2 T. orange juice
- 1 c. warm water
- 4 T. unsalted butter, softened
- 3 c. whole wheat flour
- 3 T. sugar
- 3 T. potato flour
- 1/4 c. nonfat dry milk
- 1 1/4 t. salt
- 2 1/2 t. instant yeast
- stand mixer with dough hook
- measuring cups and spoons
- large bowl
- clean kitchen towel
- 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pan
Time: 15 minutes prep, 2 1/2 – 4 1/2 hours rising time, 35 minutes baking, 1 hour to cool
Freezeable: Yes, well wrapped.
Serves: 12-16, depending on slice size
Multiplying the recipe: Yes, a double batch nicely fits in the stand mixer.
Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread:
In a stand mixer with the dough hook attachment, add all the ingredients and mix on low speed. Once the flour is mostly absorbed, increase the mixer speed to knead the dough for 3-5 minutes, until the dough is smooth and cohesive. Put the dough in a greased bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Allow it to rise until almost doubled in size, 1-2 hours.
Grease a loaf pan. Shape the dough into an 8″ log and place it in the pan. Cover with the towel and allow to rise until the dough is 1 1/2″ above the edge of the pan, 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350F. Take the cover off the bread and bake it about 35 minutes. If the bread browns too quickly, cover it with foil for the last 10-20 minutes. Remove from the oven. After a few minutes, remove the load from the pan. Brush the top with butter if you prefer a softer crust.