Monday, May 19, 2014

Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

I've had a few people request my easy and fluffy Whole Wheat Bread Recipe and wanted to share it in a place where everyone can have access to it. The original recipe was given to me a few years ago and I have been tweaking it ever since (some of the process comes from Dave's Killer Bread recipe--but I didn't like his recipe) to, what I think, perfection!

I grind my own whole wheat (Hard White Wheat and Hard Red Wheat) using the Komo Classic Wheat grinder (pricey-and it's gone up a bit since I purchased it a few years ago, but worth it!)--I can grind just as much as I need to as it grinds straight into my 4 cup measuring cup.

You can also use whole wheat flour purchased at the store. Please let me know if you have any questions about the process or recipe!


I use Le Creuset small stoneware bread pans


Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
(makes 2 loaves)

3 c ground Hard White Wheat
2 tsp salt
2 1/4 tsp yeast (or 1 envelope)
2 c warm water
1/4 c honey
2 Tbsp Canola Oil
2 1/2 c ground Hard Red Wheat
3 Tbsp Vital Wheat Gluten (don't omit!!)

1. Combine White Wheat flour, salt, yeast in a large mixing bowl.
2. Combine warm water, honey, and oil (it's cleanest if you add the honey to the same glass measuring cup as the water and stir)
3. Pour the water mix into the flour mix and stir (it will be very wet).
4. Let the mix rise for 1 hour

5. Add the Vital Wheat Gluten to the mixing bowl (I use Bob's Red Mill because they sell it locally, but I'm sure any will be fine. You can buy it in bulk on Amazon or Costco as well, but keep it in the fridge!) and half of the Red Wheat Flour. Stir with a spoon until it's too hard.
6. Knead as much of the remaining flour into the dough as you'd like/can to get a firm, but still slightly sticky dough (too much will dry out the dough, but too little won't let it rise properly).
7. Split the dough into 2 balls
8. Let the balls rest for 15 min

9. Flatten each dough ball into a rectangle (doesn't have to be perfect and just use your hands) and roll like a jelly roll into a tube, rolling back and forth to make sure you get out any air bubbles. Push in the ends so it's the right length for your bread pans and place into your buttered bread pans (I use real butter and make sure the butter is covering every surface of the pan with my fingers). You can see Killer Dave do this process here.
10. Let rise in the pan for 1 hour

11. Bake in 350 degree oven for 23 min (top will be slightly golden).
12. Remove from pans and let cool on a rack for at least 5 min (even though it will be tempting to cut it right away!)

Enjoy!!


Monday, April 2, 2012

S Family!

Remember the Stone Family back in 2010--here? Well they've grown up! I was able to take some new family pictures of the whole bunch!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Snowshoeing

For his birthday, I got my hubby a pair of snowshoes! We took them on a trial run that day and with fresh powder on the ground--it was perfect! We went up Big Cottonwood Canyon (avoiding all the avalanche areas!) towards Dog Lake. The weather was perfect! The sun was out and it had snowed for a few days before. We didn't get all the way to the lake before it clouded over and started getting a little colder, but there were beautiful views along the way!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Little Baby E

On a recent (or maybe not so recent!) trip to Virginia, I got the chance to snap a few photos of my very cute little niece! She's such a sweet baby and has already grown so much!

Monday, February 13, 2012

Spiral Jetty, Salt Lake, UT

On New Year's Eve we said goodbye to 2011 while watching the sun set over the Spiral Jetty. Although it was mostly underwater (it comes and goes with the tide level)--it was still a beautiful place!

This is not snow--it's salt foam!


Goodbye 2011!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Little Cottonwood Canyon 10-8-11

I finally pulled out my camera this season to capture the beauty of the Fall and Winter combined! We just started Fall a couple of weeks ago, and then it decided to snow! It didn't snow here in the valley--but the mountains look great all dressed in white! We were able to go for a hike up Little Cottonwood Canyon this last weekend and enjoyed the crisp air and beautiful fall leaves mixed with the white of snow! This first one was taken on our drive up past Alta ski resort--the snow was much thicker there!
The rest are from our hike in Little Cottonwood Canyon--or also known as the site where the granite was excavated (is that the right word?) for the Salt Lake Temple. I can't imagine being there then and seeing the towering granite mountains (especially in the cold winter!!)
I love the contrast between the pretty fall colors and the white snow--it looks so peaceful laying there.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Family Photos-July 2011

I had the opportunity to photograph a great family at the beginning of July! The kids were warm and tired, but they still pulled out their smiles!