Here, as promised, is the Bag Lady's recipe for whole wheat bread in a bread machine:
She makes this bread all the time....
Rustic Italian Loaf
(instructions are for a 2 lb loaf)
1 1/2 Cups water (80 - 90F)
2Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp granulated sugar
4 Cups bread flour (use 2 C whole wheat, 2 unbleached white)
1/2 Cup wheat bran (unprocessed, coarse)
2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast (or 3 tsp rapid rise yeast)
1 Tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
Place in bread machine in order given. Of course, all machines are different - in the Bag Lady's machine, this takes about 3 hours. She always uses rapid rise yeast because she is an impatient woman!!