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Feb 13, 2012

DIY Whole-Grain Bread

Remember the breads your mother, grandmother, aunts, neighbors, etc used to make and how they made your mouth water? This old fashion recipe will help you make bread like the ones you remember. Try this recipes for a Hearty Whole-Grain Bread, which we now know is the only kind of bread we should eat. This is a tasty bread just chock full of good-for-you ingredients!
3 1/4 cups milk
2 cups quick oats
3/4 cup water
3 tbsp butter
3/4 cup honey
1 3/4 cup medium rye flour
1 3/4 cup whole-wheat flour
4 to 4 1/2 cups bread flour
3 tsp salt
3 pkgs active dry yeast
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup wheat germ
1/4 cup bran cereal
Scald milk and pour 1 1/2 cups of it over the oats; set aside to cool until lukewarm.
To the remaining milk add water, butter, and honey; set aside until warm (120 to 130 degrees).
Mix the rye flour, whole wheat flour, and 2 cups of the bread flour together.
In a large mixer bowl, combine 3 cups of the above flour mixture, salt, and yeast. Add the warm liquid and and oat mixtures. Blend at low speed of electric mixer until moistened. Beat 3 minutes at medium speed. Stir in the sunflower seeds, wheat germ, bran cereal, remaining flour mixture and an additional 1 1/2 cups to 1 3/4 cups of the bread flour to form a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead in enough of the remaining flour until the dough is smooth and elastic. This will take approximately 10 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball.
Grease a bowl and place the dough ball in the bowl, turning once so top is greased. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and a cloth dish towel. Allow to rise in a warm place for about an hour until doubled in bulk. Punch down the dough, divide into thirds and shape each third into a ball. Allow to rest for 15 minutes. Shape into 3 loaves and place in greased 8-inch loaf baking pans, lightly greased. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes until bread is golden and sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Remove from the pans immediately after removing from the oven. Place on wire racks to cool.
Yield: 3 loaves