Honey Whole Wheat Bread

By jamesgang
November 25, 2012
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Author Notes: Modified from Beth Hensperger's- book : Bread--I use 2 C buttermilk for more fat-add a Tbl more butter (more fat!)-and raise the whole wheat to 3.5C plus half C of 10grain cereal-- I do follow the instructions for rising but I do allow for a autolyze --a 15-20 min "rest" after I remove from the mixer and before I knead--I bake in a gas convection oven for 35 mins @ 350 ( book calls for 375 for 40-45 mins) 2 jamesgang

Makes: 2 loaves

  • 2 tablespoons yeast (saf)
  • 2 cups Buttermilk (alt: 1C H2o +1C milk)
  • 3.5 cups Great Harvest red cereal whole wheat flour
  • .5 cups 10 grain cereal soaked 15 mins
  • 2-2.5 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • .5 cups honey
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. I have learned to line up everything ingredient on my counter top so as not to forget something (like I have done!) Proof yeast with 1 cup of liquid warmed to 100 degrees add a tsp of sweetener-whisk and rest for 10mins--helps to dissolve the yeast and gets it growing
  2. add balance of liquid, melted butter, honey, egg, --I do this in my mixer bowl -a quick whisk and add 2 C whole wheat and whisk again by hand
  3. I put a half C white flour on my stainless steel counter and spatula the dough onto the flour---I get some of the flour on the top and let it rest 10-15 mins ( my idea--not in the book--but it gives me time to clean my mixer) knead to get a nice soft dough --5-6 mins
  4. place dough in a oiled bowl and cover with plastic or towel--allow to double in size--divide the dough and knead and shape for pans or mounds--2nd rise is shorter--20mins
  5. Fire up the oven to 375--allow the dough to rise above the pans --if you like mounds--I like to put the kneaded mounds on parchment paper to rise on---allows a slick pull onto a peel to slide into the oven without picking up the mound --I like to egg wash this bread--
  6. 375 for 40-45 mins for gas oven bake---30-35 mins at 325 for convection ---keep an eye on them if doing peasant mounds on stones--bottoms will get very dark
  7. de-pan and cool on a rack and allow to cool ---get the honey butter ready!! This ladies and gentlemen is my "Little Black Dress" bread----always a hit!
  8. want to learn about using malted barley as an additive as I am told it helps the dough to rise ?? Please --comments --critics --ideas --

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