Whole Wheat Loaves - TWD

9.18.2012


My love affair with yeasted bread is extensive and has gone on for decades. The type of sandwich bread we are making today is an absolute keeper.
The group choose Whole Wheat Loaves from Baking with Julia, the book we´re baking our way through for our Tuesdays with Dorie group. A wonderful recipe by contributing baker Craig Kominiak.
This is as easy as whole wheat bread can get. Very similar to the one I make all the time, which I´m sad to part with, but this one is better because oil is used instead of butter, and honey instead of sugar. A bit healthier and practically the same flavor and texture.


Baking bread is such a rewarding experience in my opinion. The radical change of what goes into the oven and what comes out, is enough to make me giddy with anticipation. The aroma that fills the kitchen, and if you´re lucky, the whole house, is reason enough to be caught with your hands in the dough. Literally.
If you follow the recipe carefully, there´s not much that can go wrong. The only thing I find that betters the final loaves a bit is that, if you have doubts about the dough being doubled in volume, let it rise a bit more. Whole wheat bread doesn´t rise as much in the oven as all white flour bread does. So I make a point of being happy with how tall the loaves are before baking; they will rise of course, this is yeasted bread after all, but in a moderate way.
This is the perfect recipe to make if you want a bread with seeds. I´ve made it with sesame, poppy, flax and sunflower seeds. Any combination and no more than 3 or 4 Tbs total. Toasted seeded bread makes the best breakfast.


These regular whole wheat loaves are perfect for sandwiches and toast of course. I love to use it for an open sandwich with hummus, roasted red peppers, fresh tomatoes and arugula. One of my favorite lunches.
Our hosts today are Michele of Veggie Num Nums and Teresa of  The Family That BakesTogether. Go check their blogs for this wonderful recipe.

30 comments:

  1. Many people say that it's easy to bake with yeast.. but I am that minority that manages to do something wrong and ruin it.. :D

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    1. The secret to yeast is an instant-read thermometer. When you get the temperature right the yeast does what it is suppose to! Blessings, Catherine www.praycookblog.com

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  2. Perfect looking bread, Paula! And I love your new blog design.

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  3. Baking bread is pretty magical (when it works!). I'm just starting to get a feel for it and I loved this loaf too!

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  4. Beautiful bread, Paula.
    Love the pictures & your site looks great.

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  5. What a lovely post, Paula. I enjoyed reading every bit of it.
    I have a love affair with this bread and I suppose that most of the people that will bake it, will easily fall in love with him, too.
    A keeper, this recipe is definitely a keeper.
    I love your photos and the addition of grains and seeds gives to this bread an extra healthy touch.
    Thanks a lot for having visited me and best regards from Switerland.

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  6. I also enjoy baking bread. I will check out this recipe because I do like a good wheat sandwich bread.

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  7. This bread really is easy to love. I like your comment about letting the dough rise a little more before putting it into the oven - it makes sense that heavier whole wheat would rise a little less than all purpose or bread flour. Adding seeds to this bread would make it bakery-worthy!

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  8. Great post! I enjoyed this bread making experience as well!

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  9. Your bread looks great, glad you liked it!

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  10. I feel a butter-slathering festival in my future! There is nothing like homemade bread and yours looks fabulous! ~ David

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  11. I liked this version as well because of the honey. It smelled great out of the oven.
    Your bread looks great! Thanks for the tip on the rising before the oven.

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  12. Seeds would be a great addition. Thanks.

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  13. Very vintage look! And the loaves and slices look deliciously nubby from the whole grain. I think I want some toast!

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  14. Lovely looking loaves. I agree, this was a great recipe in every way.

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  15. Perfectly risen delicious loaves, love them :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  16. You are the queen of bread! ;-) love your new blog design btw

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  17. Beautiful pictures!! Yum yum.

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  18. Thank you, I was just looking for a good whole wheat bread recipe. I want to start baking bread at home. It would be great to achieve something like yours!

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  19. I absolutely adore your pictures! I get in such a hurry to take pictures I forget to use some sunlight ... You are inspiring me! Thank you, Catherine www.praycookblog.com

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  20. I'm so happy to know this works with seeds. I love seeded bread. I agree with you how bread is so magical. Such simple ingredients for such a complex result. Your hummus sandwich sounds great. I made one with cheddar cheese, sliced apple, and whole-grain mustard.

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  21. Gorgeous loaves! I love that pic with the bread on the rustic looking wooden board. Great job!

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  22. Great job, Paula. We also love adding seeds to bread. Great photography.

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  23. I adore homemade wholemeal bread and make variations on the same recipe every week too - your loaves look lovely!

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  24. Paula, perfect looking Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread Loaves - to be honest, I did not expect anything less from you, I knew that your bread would look just picture perfect and it does! Wonderful!

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  25. Wasn't this just gorgeous tasting bread? I am now hooked.

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  26. PERFECT, Paula! Not a tunnel in sight ;) And your blog looks fabulous~

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  27. Love the new look & your bread looks perfect! Great job!

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  28. Fabulous new look, Paula! This bread was so delicious and yours looks absolutely perfect! Beautiful photos!!

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