Farmhouse Whole Wheat Bread


Farmhouse Whole Wheat Bread (one loaf)

Use this recipe from Weatherbury Farm to make bread from the whole wheat flour in your CSA this week!

3 cups Weatherbury stone ground whole wheat bread flour

Just under 1 cup lukewarm water

3 tablespoons honey

1 ½ tablespoons organic melted butter or organic canola oil

1 tablespoons dry yeast (or 1 packages)

¾ teaspoons salt

 

Dissolve the yeast in ¼ cup of the warm water.  Mix the honey, salt, oil and the rest of the warm water. Combine with the yeast.  Place in mixing bowl. Add 2 cups flour. Mix at speed 2 (Kitchenaid) for 15 seconds. Add flour ½ cup at a time until the dough clings to the dough hook. Mix for 2 minutes.

Place the dough in a buttered bowl, cover and let rise for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Punch down.

Roll out the dough to about ¼ inch thick, pressing out all bubbles.   Fold the sides of the dough into the middle so that they overlap by 1 inch or so.  Roll the dough again so that it is as wide from folded side to folded side as your baking pan. Moisten your hands with water and lightly pat the dough so that it is just slightly tacky. Roll the dough up like a carpet. Pinch the seam and lay seam side down in a buttered bread pan. The cylinder should fit lengthwise but should not touch the sides of the pan. Repeat with other piece of dough. Cover until bread is about double in size (~45 minutes to one hour).

Preheat the oven to 350°. Place a container with water in it on the bottom shelf of the oven. Bake the bread on the top shelf for 45 minutes.

For softer crusts, once the bread has cooled (if there’s any left!), put the loaf in a plastic bag .

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