Saturday, November 7, 2009

Simple Bread

Bread in the pans

Rising bread


Simple Bread
(4 loaves)

This is the basic recipe that came with our wheat grinder and Bosch mixer. When we bought them in about 1973 they cost almost $400....a LOT back then...but we rationalized...who knows, someday bread may be $1.00 a loaf! (lol...bread then was usually about 25 cents a loaf...on sale 5 for $1.00)
I added the gluten flour which really makes whole wheat bread raise lighter.

5 C hot water (115deg)
3 pkg (or 3 T) yeast
11 C whole wheat flour
1 C gluten flour
1 T salt
1/2 C oil or shortening
1/2 C honey

Optional ingredients for flavor or dough "conditioning"....I don't know if they make a lot of difference!
(grated orange rind and cinnamon)
(2 T lecithin granules, 1/2 t ascorbic acid, 1 t ginger)

I use the Bosch, but you can mix by hand or in a KitchenAid...but I think the KitchenAid will only do two loaves...I'm not sure.

Also...I usually use SAF yeast, which is more stable, and although the recipe said just throw it in with the flour, I usually keep out 1 C of the water and soak the yeast in it a few minutes...

Put the warm water, oil, honey, salt, and 7 cups of the flour (including the gluten) in mixer. Let mix a couple of minutes until blended, then add the yeast (either dry or with the water), optional flavorings, and about 4 more cups of flour. Let mix 10 minutes, checking the last few minutes and adding some or all of the last cup of flour if the dough hasn't "left" the sides of the bowl.

I roll immediately (wheat bread supposedly gets its best rise the first time) on an oiled counter. Put in pans, sprayed with Pam, and let sit on counter or in slightly warm oven...about 30-45 minutes. Bake at 350 about 30 minutes. Butter tops when the come out of oven if you like a soft crust. Tip out on bread board after cooling 5 minutes.


  1. Assuming the same ratios.....if you pay about $3.00 a loaf today you would be willing to spend $4800 on a wheat grinder today! that's nuts!!!! But I guess you needed something to do in between sewing all of your own clothes???? People were much more industrious back then, weren't they?