In this bread you get all the health benefits of a whole wheat bread without losing any of the texture of a white bread.This is my recipe for a half~wholewheat~half~unbleached white sandwich bread which I adapted from my very own Italian Bread Recipe. I have used this same basic recipe for all sorts of breads and I just love it because it makes it easy to remember the recipe: 4 1/4 cups flour-1 1/2 cups liquid-3 tablespoons fat- 2 1/2 tsp. yeast for bread or 1 1/2 tsp. yeast for pizza- 2 tsp. salt and in some bread the addition of -1 tablespoon sweetener. At this point I really think I could make an entire cookbook based on the same basic recipe and out of it create dozens of recipes! I made this bread and then the recipe for Baker's Apprentice Light Bread and they were basically indistinguishable. So if you get this basic recipe down you can use it to create many different breads/pizzas of your own. Happy baking!
2 cups whole wheat flour (King Arthur)
2 cups unbleached bread flour (King Arthur)
OR use the 1/4 cup to add in Wheat Germ this makes up for the loss of fiber in the white flour but does not change the texture
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon honey
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 1/2 cups milk: warmed in microwave for 1 minute and 1 tablespoon apple cider or white balsamic vinegar added to sour the milk
3 tablespoons melted butter
These are the directions for a food processor but here are the directions for kneading by hand or for using a mixer: Baking 101 (Kneading)
Place the dry ingredients in the food processor and mix to combine.
Add the liquids at once in a slow stream on low.
Once it turns into a ball of dough mix on low for 1 minute.
Place in a oiled bowl covered with plastic wrap and place in a warm place for atleast 2 hours to double in bulk.
Grease up a 9 inch loaf pan and form your dough into a tight oblong ball. Place it in the pan and cover loosely with the some oiled plastic wrap. Place in a warm place to rise.
Preheat oven to 350.
When it is 1 inch crowned above the rim bake for 35 minutes.
Place on a rack to cool and rub the top and sides with butter.
Here are some extra points for homemade breads: Baking 101!