Whole Wheat Bread

 

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It’s high time I post this. I said to myself when I saw the bread photos and sat to write about it. It’s been nearly one and a half month that I made this bread and Girish clicked it so beautifully. But later I completely forgot to write about it and even update the blog. So here I am finally writing about it.

I am actually not a fan of bread. I can’t eat it every day, especially the sliced ones we get in the grocery stores and Girish is totally opposite to me. He can literally live on bread :P. But I love to taste different kinds of breads like Baguette, Ciabatta, Focassia, etc.

I had once tried to make bread at home but it wasn’t a great success. We didn’t have to throw it, it was edible but I wasn’t completely happy about it. I keep finding and bookmarking good recipes but somehow I never try it. This was the case till I found this recipe video on Youtube. It is so easy and very well explained with the video that I couldn’t make any more excuses about not baking bread. The final result was awesome. I made some dips and spreads to go with it, apart from the usual butter and jam.

I had invited my friends over to try it out. Boy how happy I was to see them gulp down this beauty. Happy dancing!! When you see the happiness on the face of the people who mean to you the most, everything is just worth it!!

So you too try this whole wheat bread recipe and make people around you happy!!

Ingredients:

Whole wheat Flour – 4 1/3 cups
Water (lukewarm) – 2 cups
Brown Sugar – 1/3 cup
Active dry yeast – 3 teaspoons
Salt – 2 teaspoons

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Procedure:

  • Mix the sugar in to the water and stir well.
  • Add the active dry yeast and keep it aside to froth.
  • In another big bowl add flour and salt and mix well.
  • Now pour in the activated yeast.
  • Incorporated the dry and wet ingredients together in the bowl for a couple of minutes to form rough dough.
  • Sprinkle a little flour on a clean surface and start kneading the dough on it using the heels of your hands for nearly 10 minutes.
  • Once done sprinkle a little flour on the surface and place the dough and cover it with a wet cloth and let it rise for nearly 45-50 minutes.
  • After 45 minutes or close to it take a baking tray and add a little oil at the centre of the tray and spread evenly.
  • You will see that the dough has proved i.e. doubled in size. Now punch down the dough.
  • Fold over the edges and make a new dough ball. Flip over and place it on the greased tray.
  • Make few shallow cuts and cover for nearly 2 hours to rise again.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius and bake mode.
  • Carefully place the dough in the oven.
  • After ten minutes drop the temperature to 175 degrees Celsius. Bake further for about 25 minutes.
  • Remove the baked loaf from the oven and let it completely cool.
  • Slice it as per requirement and enjoy!!

Tips:

  • Time to prove dough is dependent on the weather conditions. If more hot it takes less time to prove and if it is cool outside it will take more time to prove.
  • The video says to add gluten, which is something I haven’t followed. No added gluten.
  •  Remember every oven is different so the time required to bake will change accordingly.
  • You may shape the  bread in any form you like.

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