Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

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!!

15 comments:

bunnygirl said...

Thanks for the recipe, BL! I can use this, even though I don't have a bread machine.

the Bag Lady said...

BG - glad you like it - it's the one I always use, and seems quite healthy. And it tastes good, too!

Maggie said...

Wow I'm all about bread. Especially Italian! Going out and buying bread machine.

the Bag Lady said...

Maggie - if you do, buy a Cuisinart - that's where this recipe originated!

Geosomin said...

Is this adaptable to no machine?
I had to choose between a breadmaker and a kitchen aid mixer with a dough hook and got the mixer - works well for bread, but sometimes it's tricky getting them to work without the machine...

Geosomin said...

breadmachine recipes I mean...

the Bag Lady said...

Geosomin - I would imagine it would be quite simple to adapt this - I would mix the dry ingredients, then add the warm water and oil, and knead the hell out of it! Then proceed as normal.

Sagan Morrow said...

Thanks for the recipe! Breadmakers are wonderful.

the Bag Lady said...

They are, aren't they Sagan!?

Emily said...

Ok, I have a dumb question. I've never made my own bread before so I'm totally inexperience.

Can you buy yeast in the store or do you have to 'grow' it yourself?

the Bag Lady said...

Emily - you should be able to find yeast in the baking section of your grocery store. There will be a confusing array, probably, but (in Canada, anyway) you can buy it in packages of three, or in small jars (and in other forms, too, but those are the easiest to use). If you are baking bread for the first time and are not sure you will ever do it again, buy a package. Buy quick-rise (or instant yeast) and read the back of the package. It will tell you how to use it. (If you don't have a bread-machine, refer to the comment above that I wrote to Geosomin regarding how to mix this recipe.)
If you have any more questions about making bread, email me and I'll try to help.

Reb said...

Oh, I am going to try this one in my machine too.

the Bag Lady said...

It's tasty, sis!

Susan said...

Sesame seeds! Yes, of course! Excellent idea! I shall add them to my next homemade loaf!
Thanks! :)

the Bag Lady said...

Susan - happy to help! :)