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Whole Wheat Bread

This recipe makes 4 loaves
Water2 cups
Milk1 cup
Brown sugar, packed1/3 cup
Eggs, medium2
Melted butter or oil1/4 cup
Active Dry Yeast6+3/4 tsp
Whole Wheat Flour4 cups
Salt2 tsp
Wheat germ1/4 cup
Bread Flour4 cups

1. Grease four 9 x 5 x 2-inch loaf pans; set aside.


2. In large bowl, dissolve 1 tsp sugar in warm water (110°-115°F). Stir in Active Dry Yeast; let stand for 10 minutes, or until foamy. Add milk (110°-115°F) and whisk in sugar, eggs and butter until smooth.


3. Add whole wheat flour, salt and wheat germ; mix until smooth. Add 3+1/2 cups bread flour. Stir briskly with wooden spoon until well mixed. If necessary, gradually add remaining 1/2 cup flour to make soft dough. On lightly floured surface, knead dough about 8 - 10 minutes, until smooth and elastic (Note: If dough is hard to knead, cover and leave it to rest for 10 minutes to allow it to "relax" for easier handling.) Cover; let rest 10 minutes.


4. Place on lightly floured surface and flatten with your hands to a square about 1-inch thick. Cut into four equal pieces.


5. Take a piece of dough, starting with the end closest to you, tightly roll up jelly-roll style. Pinch seams and ends to seal. Place, seam side down, in loaf pan and repeat with remaining pieces. Cover and let rise in warm place until dough tests ripe - about 45 minutes.


6. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake loaves 25 - 30 minutes, until lightly browned and bread sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire rack to cool.



*You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast in place of Active Dry Yeast. When using Instant Yeast, expect your dough to rise faster. Always let your dough rise until ripe. Traditional methods: use equal amounts; Bread Machine: use 1/2 tsp Instant Yeast OR 3/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.


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