100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on January 5, 2012

100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

I know 100% whole wheat bread is probably not going to be my most popular post ever.  It’s not a new idea, there’s nothing too exciting about it.  But considering the health benefits of using 100% whole wheat(freshly ground is best of course!), not to mention the savings of making your own bread – it’s definitely worth the effort.  I don’t consider my bread especially amazing, there is always room for improvement, but I have come a long way from wondering whether my bread was going to turn out or not and I’ve learned so many things on the way that I can hopefully pass on in a post like this.

In my latest column I wrote about hard wheat that’s used for making bread.  I found I didn’t have nearly the amount of room I needed just for the recipe alone, so in this post I’ve included a short version of this recipe with just a basic description of the steps – for someone who is more experienced at making bread.  And I’ve also included a longer version where I describe each step in greater detail with a few pictures included(that you can click to see a bigger version, be sure to click the picture twice to see the large version).  Both are the same recipe.  I’ve tried to include step-by-step pictures in the more detailed version – without going too Pioneer Woman on you all – to hopefully give you an idea of what most steps should look like.  This was fairly difficult as the whole process took nearly all the naturally lightened hours of the day, so please forgive the less than perfect pictures 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread  Keep in mind that I doubled the recipe and made 4 loaves instead of 2, that’s why it looks like more dough.  If you do want to double it, don’t double the yeast unless you want the bread to rise faster.  You can increase the yeast to a point – but if your bread rises too fast, it wont have time to develop the flavors and wont taste as good so consider letting it rise as long as you can afford.

This recipe makes 2 loaves.  Like with just about any yeast bread, this freezes well.  If you end up baking it in the late afternoon or evening I recommend letting it sit out overnight before freezing it, or slicing and then freezing.  As soon as the bread is completely cool after baking it you want to wrap it well as it will dry out.

This recipe was originally adapted from Guilty Kitchens Whole Wheat Machine Bread Recipe.  If you’d rather use a bread machine check there!

100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

If you have any questions about making whole grain bread or even whole grain flours please leave a comment or send an email to fooddoodles at gmail dot com.  I’m by no means an expert, but would love to help if I can!

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