To warm the house up I decided to bake a loaf of bread. I certainly wasn't going to turn my furnace on! I wanted to use the bread machine to do all the kneading work so I went to allrecipes to find a bread machine recipe. I found one for Maple Whole Wheat Bread that sounded pretty good.
I did end up changing my flours up some. My experience with Whole Wheat has never been that great and the rise never seemed to be too good - so I decided to cut the whole wheat flour by ¼ cup and add a ¼ cup of vital wheat gluten flour. I also went with the white whole wheat because Grumpy may complain if I didn't....and we can't have him complaining! If I can say so myself, that bread turned out pretty awesome! Of course, you can take the word of my Daddy and my son (who I baked a loaf for yesterday and am delivering to him this afternoon!) as they both had some and said it was great. I think the recipe is great the way I made it and I will keep using this recipe from now on when I want wheat bread!
Maple Honey Whole Wheat Bread
adapted from allrecipes.com
2 -¼ cups King Arthur white whole wheat flour
½ cup bread flour
¼ cup vital wheat gluten flour
¾ teaspoon salt
1-¼ cups warm water
4 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
Place maple syrup, water and olive oil in bread machine pan. Top with flours and salt. Make a well in the center of the flour and place the yeast in well. Set bread machine for dough setting.
My dough setting takes 1-½ hours. Once the beeper goes off remove the bread and shape into a loaf. Let rise until bread top just peaks over the top of the bread pan. Bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes until bread sounds hollow when tapped and is nicely browned.
That's a really gorgeous loaf of bread!