This light-textured, fluffy and tender wheat bread is full of character and flavor. Made with 18% whole wheat flour and enriched with a touch of butter and milk, this easy and delicious bread is perfect for breakfast toast, lunchtime sandwiches and a wonderful addition to dinner. Top this bread with our Cultured Butter for a tasty anytime snack. Our Country Wheat Sandwich Bread is a favorite and a true kitchen staple!
Yield: One loaf
Timing: Start this bread about 4 hours before serving.
|Unbleached bread Flour*||3½ C||437||15.75||82|
|Whole wheat flour||¾ C||94||3.5||18|
|Instant yeast||1½ tsp||4||0.1||1|
|Unsalted butter, softened||2 T||28||1||7|
|Salt, fine||1½ tsp||9||0.2||1.5|
|Whole milk||¼ C||61||2||14.5|
*Measure by dipping the cup into a container of flour, then removing the excess with the flat side of a knife.
Equipment: Brød & Taylor Folding Proofer, bread pan 9 x 5” / 23 cm x 13 cm.
Get ready. Set the Proofer to 84 °F / 29 °C and put the water tray in the middle of the warming plate. Pour ¼ C / 60ml water into the tray and place the rack on top of the tray.
Mix and knead the dough. In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix until a rough dough forms. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 7-10 minutes by hand or 5-6 minutes using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Add as little flour as possible during kneading so that the bread doesn’t become dry or tough.
Rise the dough. Form the dough into a ball and transfer to a lightly oiled bowl. Place the bowl in the Proofer at 84 °F / 29 °C for 1- 1½ hours, or until the dough has doubled in volume.
Shape and proof the loaf. Prepare an oiled loaf and set aside. Shape the loaf by turning the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and gently pressing it into rectangle. Roll the dough up into a tight log, starting from the short side. Place the loaf into the prepared pan with the seam side down. Place the pan into the Proofer (still set at 84 °F / 29 °C) and allow the dough to rise until the top of the dough domes over the rim of the pan by 1”/ 2 cm. This will take about 45-60 minutes.
Preheat the oven and bake the loaf. About 45 minutes before baking, pre-heat the oven to 350 °F / 177 °C. Bake the loaf about 35-45 minutes until it is a deep golden brown. It should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom or register an internal temperature of 200 °F / 93 °C. Let the loaf cool completely before slicing.
Enjoy with any menu. This delicious soft bread is wonderful with any meal. Whether French Toast for breakfast, Grilled Cheese for lunch, or with Beef Bourguignon for dinner, you will want to keep a fresh loaf ready for hungry guests.