When I first started to transition my family to a whole foods diet, bread was definitely the hardest thing to find a substitute for. On occasion I would buy Ezekiel bread, which is the best store bought bread if you’re looking for one that’s whole grain without added ingredients and sugar. Truth be told, Ezekiel bread was what I refer to as “too much too soon” for my family. It’s pretty dense and is missing that fluffy bread texture my family enjoys. It was perfect for grilled sandwiches, but just putting some peanut butter and jelly on it wasn’t something my kids jumped up and down about. Never the less, it was a fine solution if we were in a pinch.
I knew that making my own bread would be the best and most economical solution to providing my family a healthy bread option. I set out to gather all the whole wheat bread recipes I could find. Once a week I would make one new recipe with the hopes that it would be the one that would result in the best tasting bread. I would find myself being disappointed that the bread wasn’t the right texture or didn’t taste like the bread my family was used to eating.
After countless fails, I finally threw my hands up and started to experiment with my own measurements and ingredients. Originally I would put all the ingredients into the bread machine and let it work it’s magic until the loaf was completely cooked. I found that the loaf was shaped awkwardly and had what I considered only acceptable texture. I knew I could still do better. Once I started mixing the dough in the bread machine and then baking it in the oven, I finally had a winning recipe. I hope you and your family enjoy this bread as much as we do.
Author: Allison Robertson
Prep time: 5 minutes Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
- 2 cups white whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur’s Organic)
- 2 cups bread flour (King Arthur has an organic one that’s made with whole grains)
- ¼ cup Vita Gluten
- ¼ cup honey
- 1 ½ cups warm water
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 packet or 2 ½ teaspoons yeast
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Measure and place all of the ingredients in a bread machine.
- Set the bread machine to the dough setting.
- Coat a bread pan with olive oil.
- When the dough cycle is complete, remove the dough from the bread machine onto a clean and lightly floured counter. If you don’t want your counter to get too messy, put down a piece of parchment paper.
- Gently flatten out the dough into the approximate shape of a rectangle with your fingers. You don’t want it completely flat or rolled out all the way.
- Fold in the longer sides of the dough, and then fold in the shorter sides of the dough. The dough should resemble a loaf of bread.
- Please the dough into the greased bread pan.
- Cover with a towel and let the dough rise.
- Heat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
- When the dough has risen and looks like a loaf of bread, please it in the oven. Cook for 40 minutes.