Making bread is a religious experience for me. One of my goals in life is to perfect my own bread recipe and sell it at our local farmer’s market. I have day dreams that last several hours (kidding) on how my bread becomes famous, puts every other bread out of business, and saves starving children all around the globe. SO BELIEVE ME – bread recipes are not a joke to me. Anddd I’m finally sharing a recipe I’ve been working on for a while and don’t want to selfishly keep to myself anymore.
(I’m such a good person).
1 1/3 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
3 tablespoons dry milk powder
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 cups bread flour
3/4 cup 7-grain cereal
*I don’t have a bread machine so I use a stand mixer with the hook attachment.*
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
Add the milk powder, salt, oil, honey, egg, and half the flour. Beat until smooth.
Stir in enough remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes
(stand mixer will do this for you).
I let it mix in the stand for almost 10 minutes or until the dough is bouncy and not sticky.
Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.
Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 hours.
Punch dough down.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf.
Place in two greased 9×5-in. loaf pans.
Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30-45 minutes.
** in order to avoid air pockets that cause holes in your dough, you MUST roll the dough onto itself.
I take each half of the dough and spread into a thin layer, then I roll from one edge until I’ve made a “sushi” shape out of the dough.
I place this “roll” into the loaf pan and tuck the ends of the dough underneath it.
Bake for 40 min at 375F and voila!
Don’t be alarmed if your dough feels rock hard when you take it out of the oven. It’ll soften up.
Hope you like it! Make sure you tell me how this recipe worked out for you in the comments!
You can see the final result HERE!