There is no greater sight on my cutting board than a fluffy loaf of wheat bread and some butter. My littles will always throw down a serious amount of wheat bread, but my husband will look past it if it isn’t fluffy and warm. After going through stacks of recipes, I finally messed around with ingredients until I found one that I could feel good about feeding my kids, but that my husband would also be willing to devour. Give it a try!
When making yeasted breads and treats make sure you start my only adding a portion of the flour called for in the recipe. Allowing yourself room to add more flour as needed to make the dough stiff enough. It is much easier to add flour than water to a yeasted dough.
- 3-4 cups wheat flour
- 1 tablespoon powdered milk
- 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
- 2 tablespoons vital wheat gluten
- 1 1/4 cups warm water
- 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
- 1 teaspoon salt
In a mixer or by hand:
In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups of wheat flour, yeast, vital wheat gluten, and powdered milk. Add the warm water and mix well. Add the oil and honey (or agave) and mix again.
Add the salt and start the mixer (or mix by hand), adding the remaining flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl to form a soft dough. You may not need to add all of the flour. Your dough should be slightly sticky, but hold its shape.
Let the dough knead for 7 minutes in the stand mixer (or 15 minutes by hand).
Place bowl in greased bowl, cover with a cloth and allow it to rise for about an hour, or until doubled.
Once dough has doubled in size, smash dough into rectangle. The short side of the rectangle should be about the length of your bread pan. Roll up the rectangle, pinch it shut and put the seal side down in your loaf pan.
Cover with a towel, let rise until doubled. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 25 minutes or until when pricked with a thermometer reads about 200 degrees.
Dump loaf onto cooling rack, butter top, and let cool at least 10 minutes before slicing.(Bread continues to cook after you pull it out. Don't let that temptation lure you into not letting your hot bread rest for a few minutes.)
In the Bread Machine:
Add the water, oil, agave. Cover with flour. On top of flour place salt, yeast, milk powder and vital wheat gluten. Turn mixer on dough cycle. Once the dough has incorporated all the flour check to make sure it is the right consistency. (You want to be able to tap it with your finger without it sticking, but not full on grab it.)
When dough cycle is finished, proceed with the remaining steps (starting at step 5) in the recipe.