I’d always been fascinated with the art of bread making. From experimenting with your own starters, to kneading the dough, practising the art of waiting for the dough to rise, and then my favourite part — watching all the magic happen in the oven. The aroma of a freshly-baked loaf? Sublime.
I’ve made cinnamon buns, cakes, muffins, cookies and pies. But for my very first loaf, I decided to start with the basics. A classic whole wheat bread.
And this recipe is as simple as it gets. All you need is:
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup bread flour or all purpose flour
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup lukewarm milk
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup additional bread flour
- Place dry incredients (flours, yeast, sugar & salt) in a large mixing bowl.
- Mix in milk, followed by oil and egg.
- Beat on high for 2 minutes.
- Lower the speed, then add about 1/4 cup bread flour until dough forms.
- Place dough on floured surface and knead till elastic and forms a ball.
- Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
- Shape dough into a loaf and place in a greased loaf pan.
- Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm spot for 30 minutes, or until it’s one inch higher than the pan.
- Meantime, preheat oven to 375° F.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Remove immediately from pan onto a cooling rack. Let it cool at least 10 minutes before slicing.
Serve as an accompaniment to soups or stews, or just have it on its own with some great butter. Enjoy!