Here was my first attempt EVER to make bread. This is a whole wheat loaf bread (sandwich bread). I got out my super awesome new KITCHAID stand mixer and attached my bread hook and flour guard. P.S. I picked this mixer out because of the flour guard, cause every time I bake the mixer, counters, me, and the dogs all end up white since I send flour flying EVERYWHERE. I also got out all my bowls for ingredients cause I like the way it looks to have the ingredients measured in different bowls. Highly unnecessary, but it makes you feel like a real cook.
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tbs. brown sugar
2 cups warm water (105® to 115®)
2 packages active dry yeast
5 to 6 cups whole wheat flour
2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup oil
Spray oil aka PAM
2 loaf pans
1 large bowl to let bread rise
1.) Dissolve 1 tbs. brown sugar in warm water in small bowl… by small that means can hold at least 3 cups NOT a cereal bowl (tried that a mess ensued). Add yeast and let the mixture stand (until ready for use). Stir once or twice.
2.) Place 4 cups flour, powdered milk, remaining brown sugar, and salt in mixer. Mix on low 15 senconds-ish or until well mixed.
3.) Gradually add yeast mixture and oil to the flour mixture and mix 1 1/2 minutes. Scrap bowl if you need to do so.
|Best Attempt at a Smooth Ball Shape|
5.) Spray large bowl with PAM.
6.) Form bread into a smooth ball. Place in bowl, and turn so that the top is grease too. Cover with a damp HOT towel. Let rise in warm place with no draft until bread doubles in size, about an hour. (I had finished baking dinner about 30 minutes before so I put my bread in the semi-warm oven. By no means was it hot or even fairly warm, but a bit warmer than the room.)
|Bread after rising in loaf pans|
8.) Bake 400® for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 and bake 25 minutes more. Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire rack.