Yes, it came out a little – okay, a lot wonky…but I have issues with braids on top of loaves. I didn’t tuck the braid underneath the loaf, and this is what happens. I should know by now that patience and reading through the full recipe is rewarded. Don’t be like me! 😉 However, in the end what the food looks like isn’t nearly as important as how it tastes.
Verdict: S calls this “cloud bread” and didn’t seem to mind that this is wheatier than other loaves I usually make. This bread tastes great and isn’t bitter from all the wheat flour. It’s also surprisingly soft and squishy, but not so soft that it fell apart while eating my sandwich. Thanks for reading, enjoy!
Whole Wheat Bread – adapted from My Kitchen Addiction
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast (or one packet)
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup bread flour (King Arthur)
- 3+ cups white whole wheat flour (King Arthur)
In a large mixing bowl, combine the water and the orange juice. Sprinkle with the yeast and granulated sugar, and stir to dissolve. Add the yogurt, canola oil, salt, and cup of bread flour. Use a wooden spoon to mix, beating vigorously to start to develop the gluten in the bread flour. Gradually, add the whole wheat flour, mixing with the wooden spoon until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl to form a ball. At that point, turn the dough out onto a clean, floured surface, and knead until you have a smooth dough (about 6-8 minutes). The amount of whole wheat flour needed will vary on the humidity and other factors. Add just enough flour to keep the dough from sticking to your hands as you knead.
Return the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover (with plastic wrap or a damp towel), and let rise until the dough has doubled (about an hour or two). It has risen sufficiently when the imprint of your fingers remains and the dough doesn’t spring back up.
Punch down the dough and form it into the shape of a loaf. If you prefer, you can make a braid-topped loaf (like the one in my pictures) by reserving 1/3 of the dough, dividing it into three long strands, and creating a braid. Place the braid on top of the loaf, tucking in the ends. Place the shaped loaf into a greased loaf pan, cover, and let rise for an additional hour.
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Bake the bread uncovered for 15 minutes, then cover with aluminum foil (to prevent over-browning on the top) and bake for an additional 20 – 25 minutes. The internal temperature of the bread should be 190°F when the bread is done. Let the bread rest in the pan for a minute or two before transferring it to a wire rack to cool. Cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing.
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