There are few things better than fresh baked bread.
Follow this recipe exactly, and you will have perfect bread every time.
Ingredients: (I use organic ingredients whenever possible.)
2 cups bread flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1.5 teaspoons salt
1.5 cups warm water (not too hot)
2 teaspoons dry active yeast
1 tablespoon maple syrup (pure 100% only!)
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Combine water, yeast, syrup, and coconut oil. I use a whisk to combine. After coconut oil melts, whisk some more. You are waiting for the yeast to activate. You know it has when foam forms on the top.
Using a food processor with paddles, combine flours and salt. Blend for 1-2 minutes.
When yeast has activated, turn food processor on low. Add yeast mixture, BUT DO NOT ADD ALL OF IT. You may have 1/4 cup left over when all is said and done; I have 1/4 cup left over every time.
Blend with paddles for 2-3 minutes. Let “rest” for 2 minutes. Blend again for 1-2 minutes.
Remove from food processor and form a ball (may be sticky). Place ball in a greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise until twice in size. Time varies. A warm place will speed this up.
Uncover and save plastic wrap. Punch dough down. Remove and knead by hand to remove big air bubbles. Place in a buttered bread loaf pan. Cover with plastic wrap. Allow to rise until bread is peeping above the pan about 1 inch.
Bake: 40 minutes
Tip: Throw 2 ice cubes onto the bottom of the oven. This will make the crust nice.
You know the bread is done when it sounds hollow on the bottom. Allow to cool loosely covered with tin foil for 10 minutes before cutting (if you can!!). ENJOY!!
—- VARIATIONS —-
Sesame Oat Wheat Bread