Bread and Baking — By Ben on 12 February 2010
Healthy Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread

Whole-wheat bread

One of my culinary resolutions for 2010 was to make all of my bread at home. So far I’ve done great. I haven’t bought a single loaf at the store. However, I ran into the problem that Jon wasn’t eating it. His excuse was that the beautiful artisan bread wasn’t good for sandwiches. I made a couple of white bread loaves for sandwiches, but  that didn’t work because we love the Nature’s Pride 12-grain bread, but the few times that I tried making whole-wheat bread it didn’t turn out soft and light, like Jon likes it… until I realized I was doing it all wrong.

I was missing a very important ingredient to make my whole-wheat loaves soft, fluffy and light: gluten. When I read that I could buy gluten separately to make better bread, I literally ran to the store and bought a package of the stuff. Oh my, that’s been one of the best decisions this year so far. Now I can make at home whole-wheat bread just like the one they sell at the store. Jon’s verdict was that “this is good bread [for sandwiches]“.

Whole-wheat bread

 

Healthy Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Any
Serves: Makes 2 Loaves
 
Ingredients
  • •2 cups warm water
  • •1 packet of dry active yeast or 2¼ tsp
  • •1 TBSP agave syrup or honey
  • •6 cups whole-wheat flour
  • •2 TBSP olive oil
  • •1 tsp salt
  • •6-8 tsps gluten
  • •2 large eggs
  • •1 cup rolled oats
  • •1/2 cup ground flexseed
Instructions
  1. Mix syrup and warm water together. Add yeast and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. In the meantime mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add water and mix well until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  4. Knead for 10 minutes by hand, or 3 minutes at low speed in a mixer and then 5 minutes at medium high speed.
  5. Transfer dough to a greased bowl, cover with plastic and let double in size in a warm place (about 50 minutes)
  6. Punch the dough in the middle and turn it over a lightly floured surface.
  7. Divide in 2 and, with a rolling pin, roll each half to form a long rectangle.
  8. Roll the dough tightly to form the loaves. Tuck the ends under the loaves and place them on rectangular bread pans. Cover with plastic and let them rise for 45 minutes in a warm place.
  9. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
  10. With a sharp knife or razor make a long cut along the top of the loaf. Brush water all over the top with a pastry brush.
  11. Place a baking pan with about 100 ml of water at the bottom shelf of the oven.
  12. Place loaves in the top shelf and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. You know the bread is ready when the tops are golden brown and they sound hollow if you tap the loaves.
  13. Let them cool down on wire racks before enjoying.

 

Whole-wheat bread

This is only the latest recipe I’ve come up with using gluten and whole-wheat bread. I get so excited when I am baking a new bread that Jon and the cats look at me like I’ve finally snapped and gone crazy, but this is how much I’ve been enjoying my bread and my new KitchenAid mixer. It looks like I am going to be able to keep my resolution of not buying bread at the store this year.

Lamb Update: I mentioned on my last post that I am going to create a lamb dish for a dinner on Sunday. A friend and I have been brainstorming ideas and we are leaning towards roasting a leg. The glaze would be tart/sweet/spicy, but that’s still on the works. However, this lamb souvlaki that Peter posted on his blog yesterday looks delicious. I should make a decision by tomorrow, because I need to start shopping soon, before we get another big snow storm…

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(30) Readers Comments

  1. It's excellent :)

  2. Great job Ben. The bread looks beautiful and I bet it's delicious. I've been making my bread at home too. What a difference it makes. :)

  3. Interesting to note that gluten makes all the difference here…Ben, I have to say the bread looks beautiful. I’d love to see more.

  4. I love this resolution! (So much in fact that it is my resolution as well. The book Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day has revolutionized my life). Gluten is definitely key! This looks fantastic!

  5. what a gorgeous loaf! When you can make such a beautiful bread, there's really no need to buy it anymore!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  6. I can smell that bread through my screen. Mmmmmmm

  7. aha, thats interesting.. my home-made whole wheat bread rarely compares to the store-bought one.. may be I should try the added gluten. Do you find it in regular supermarkets? thanks for sharing.

    • PJ, like Claire said, larger supermarkets should have wheat gluten by the flours. I didn't find it at the supermarket I usually shop, but the one down the road from it had it.

  8. Beautiful photography as always, Ben! I'm a recent convert to vital wheat gluten in bread baking, too.

    PJ, larger supermarkets should have vital wheat gluten in small boxes near the flour. The brand I usually see is Hodgson's Mill.

  9. This looks fantastic ! I'm going to try it, but in my bread maker …

  10. I learned something new today Ben.

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