Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Soaked Whole Wheat Bread

aka Bread The Boy Can Eat
(makes 4 loaves)

Combine, cover with a towel, and soak on the counter for 12-24 hours:

1 cup buttermilk or whey
3 cups water
11 cups freshly ground wheat flour
2 cups oats
3/4 cup honey
3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, melted butter, or melted coconut oil

After soaking, combine the following in a small bowl (to proof the yeast), and let it sit until foamy:

1/2 cup warm water
1 tsp honey
2 1/2 TBSP active dry yeast

Combine the yeast mixture with the soaked mixture and add:

1 1/2 TBSP sea salt
3 TBSP gluten
1-3 TBSP orange juice
sprinkle of powdered ginger

Knead for 8-10 minutes. Dough will be very wet and sticky (add more flour if desired). Place in a greased bowl and cover with a towel. Let rise until doubled, about 1 1/2 hours. Punch down and divide into 4 greased loaf pans (at least one clear glass). Let rise again until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 350˚ for 30-45 minutes. Bread is done when the loaf in the glass pan is browned on all sides. Remove from oven and let rest in pans for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Let cool completely on wire racks.

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