Sunday, May 24, 2009

One Hour Whole Wheat Bread

I stumbled on this bread as I was food blog surfing (0ne of my favorite pastimes!) I LOVE bread, few things in life are better. So when I found a bread I could make in an hour, I jumped on it and the result was delicious! Sometimes whole wheat bread has such a heavy taste, this bread was light and had that good squishy texture that I love.  It makes two loaves, the second one we used for French toast and the kids could not get enough!  (picture courtesy of

One Hour Wheat Bread
Makes 2 (8x4 inch) loaves

3 c. whole wheat flour

1/3 c. gluten flour, sifted (or vital wheat gluten)

1 1/4 T. instant yeast (or quick-rising, I used SAF yeast)

2 1/2 c. very warm tap water

1 T. salt

1/3 c. oil

1/3 c. honey or 1/2 c. sugar (I used honey)

1 1/4 T. bottled lemon juice

2 - 2 1/2 c. whole wheat flour

Mix together first three ingredients in mixer with a dough hook. Add water all at once and mix for 1 minute; cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Add salt, oil, honey or sugar and lemon juice and beat for 1 minute. Add last flour, 1 cup at a time, beating between each cup. Beat for about 6-10 minutes until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl. This makes a very soft dough.

Preheat oven for 1 minute to lukewarm and turn off. Turn dough onto oiled counter top; divide, shape into loaves, place in oiled bread pans. Let rise in warm oven for 10-15 minutes (this took 30 minutes for me) until dough reaches top of pan. Do not remove bread from oven; turn oven to 350 degrees F and bake for 30 minutes (that is 30 minutes from the time you turn the oven on). Remove from pans and cool on racks.

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