Bread Making – 100% Whole Wheat Bread

Feeling so pleased with myself… I made wholemeal bread today and it turned out like the stuff you see in a bakery!

Okay, so we cheated a little and used Bob’s Red Mill 100% Whole Wheat Bread Mix but so what!? Look how great it turned out… Well, alright, so the bread is a little dense because I was in a hurry this morning and couldn’t wait for the full rising process but did I tell you how great it looked? Check it out…

Homemade Wholemeal bread

The process is actually pretty easy. It’s the proving time that stretches it out. If you have a bread machine then it’s really, really easy. If you don’t, here’s how it goes:

  1. Empty breadmix into a bowl.
  2. Add the included sachet of dry yeast.
  3. Add 2 Tbsp canola oil.
  4. Add 11 fluid oz of warm water.
  5. Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and add the liquids.
  6. Mix into a dough and knead for 8 minutes. A Kitchenaid mixer with a dough hook would really come in handy right about now.
  7. Place the dough into a greased bowl, cover, and allow to rise until double the size. Estimated time is 90 minutes.
  8. Punch down the dough, cover and let it rise again to double the size. Estimated time is about 30-40 minutes.
  9. Shape the dough into a bread loaf and place it into a greased loaf tin (20cm x 12cm x 8cm). Cover with a plastic wrap and allow to rise again in a warm place until doubled. Estimated time is about 45 minutes.
  10. Bake at 190 C for 30-40 minutes. When the bread is ready, it will sound hollow when you tap it.
  11. Remove from oven. Stand for 5 minutes. Turn out from pan. Cover and allow to cool before slicing.

As you can see, the waiting time can quite lengthy so I cheated and cut the rising times by half.

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