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Awesome Whole Wheat Bread

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Named by my four year old son, this whole wheat bread really is awesome! Soft and tender, great for an everyday eating bread and even for sandwiches!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Warm Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Active Dry Yeast
  • ⅓ cups Honey
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • ⅓ cups Vegetable Oil
  • ⅓ cups Vital Wheat Gluten
  • 2 Tablespoons Dough Enhancer
  • 5 cups Whole Wheat Flour

Preparation

In a large mixer (such as a Kitchen Aid or Bosch type) combine the water, yeast and honey. Let sit for a few minutes to give the yeast a chance to start working. 

Add the salt, oil, vital wheat gluten, dough enhancer and 3 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Continue to add more flour until the dough does not stick to the side of the bowl and does not feel sticky to the touch, you may need to use up to 6 cups of flour. 

Knead for 10 minutes in mixer. When dough has finished kneading, let it rise until doubled in bulk.

Punch down dough and divide it into 2 pieces and form into loaves and set in greased bread pans. Let dough rise in warm, but not on oven until it is about an inch over the pan.

Turn oven on to 350° F and set timer for 30 minutes, do not preheat the oven.

When done baking remove from pans immediately and let cool on a wire wrack. Makes 2 loaves.

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sheloves2cook on 8.16.2009

I have never used the dough enhancer and vital wheat gluten together. I usually use the gluten. It has made my bread SO much better. You can also use soy licithin instead of the enhancer (it might be the same thing with a different name). You might want to try using one instead of both and see if the bread is still “awesome”.
Also there also another site that sells both, bluechipgroup.net. They have great prices too (at least for us in the west).

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tgchi13 on 8.16.2009

could you please remove the gluten free tag

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countrycookinmama on 7.27.2009

Dough enhancer is a product that has tofu in it and other magical ingredients that make the bread stay soft. Vital wheat gluten is also known as gluten flour, you can buy this at most any grocery store in the baking section. I get my dough enhancer and vital wheat gluten at my local wal-mart, they have a food storage section where these two items are sold. Or you can buy them online, just do a search for them. They are for sure needed in the recipe to make the bread at it’s best. You won’t be sorry if you invest in those two ingredients.

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bertaquilt on 7.27.2009

This is truly awesome bread! You can find vital wheat gluten at the grocery store usually. I buy both the Vital wheat gluten and dough enhancer from pleasanthillgrain.com They sell it at a good price. You do need these items in order for the bread to be it’s best!

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pioneerwomanintexas on 7.27.2009

What is dough enhancer? vital wheat gluten?
Where would I find these? Can I substitute anything? Thanks!

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blessedcowgirl on 4.19.2011

THE best bread Ive ever made! I substituted Kamut flour for the WW and Palm shortening for the veg. oil and it turned out perfect. Thanks so much

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charlie1 on 1.5.2011

I just took this bread out of the oven and it is truly what the title says..awesome. I did one thing different out of necessity. I didn’t have 5 whole cups of whole wheat flour so I had to substitute 1.5 cups of bread flour to make up the difference. I also used the dough cycle on my bread machine. This is the best wheat bread I have ever made. All my others have been removed from my recipe box. Awesome doesn’t come close to describing this bread. The dough enhhancer makes a huge difference in the rise of the bread. I found a recipe on line for the enhancer and made my own. I was unable to find it in the grocery store but did notice it is available to order on line.

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