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Delayed gratification, I can’t discuss it enough.

A lesson I must learn and re-learn throughout my life, is both wretched and beautiful. To be patient and diligent. To put off little desires now, in order to obtain the grand-prize down the line. The ability to restrain yourself from doing what you want to do now, so you can be who you want to be… Later.

This is the lesson of healthy weight-loss, of educational achievement, or focused parenting.

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Making fresh bread is certainly a study of this kind of patience.

The preconceived notion that it’s difficult and labor intensive to make bread ,  are just not true. Making bread isn’t hard, and it doesn’t really take a lot of prep-work.

It just takes time, patience, and a good electric mixer.

You need time and patience for your dough to sponge, to rise twice, and to bake. But the reward is truly delicious!

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So, what makes a good sandwich bread?

I like mine a little sweet, a little salty, moist, and easy to cut with a serrated knife.

I also want my bread to be healthy. This means whole-grain in my humble opinion.

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The trick to making heavy whole-grain flour seem light, is to let the yeast foam (or sponge) with a little flour, then let in rise two more times.

Once in the mixing bowl and once in the loaf pans. This provides and greatest height and biggest pores. (Big pores are a good thing in bread-making.)

After much experimentation, I’ve come up with a Soft Whole Wheat Bread recipe I make two different ways. Sometimes, I make whole-grain wheat bread and sometimes I use half wheat flour and half spelt flour.

Wheat flour produces a bendable bread with a higher dome-top due to its gluten levels. It is also slightly darker in color.

Spelt is in the wheat family, but has a nuttier and sweeter flavor. It also contains more protein than wheat, and the protein in spelt is easier to digest. So when I mix the two flours, the bread has a nuttier flavor and is higher in protein and fiber.

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But… The top is flatter and the bread is slightly brittle because there is less gluten to create the flexible consistency. This is really a preference matter.

You may have to make this Soft Whole Wheat Bread recipe both ways before you know what you like best.

Tender Soft Whole Wheat Bread | ASpicyPerspective.comThese loaves are the spelt variety. Notice the flat top.

Besides the education in patience, the benefits of making your own bread include: quality control, the ability to manipulate the flavor, and cost. I can buy all organic ingredients and make this bread for half of  what I would pay for organic bread at the bakery.

I like to make Soft Whole Wheat Bread on a day I plan to stick around the house. That way, while I’m waiting on the bread to rise, I can go about my business, and I don’t even mind the wait.

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Soft and Supple Whole-Grain Bread

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Rising Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Soft Whole Wheat Bread Recipe - Great for sandwiches and toast. This healthy bread recipe is hearty and healthy with just a touch of sweetness.
Servings: 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups hot tap water
  • 1/3 cup pure olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sea salt
  • 7 cups 100% whole-grain wheat flour, or use half spelt flour
  • 2 packets dry active yeast
  • 1/3 cup wheat germ or whole oats

Instructions

  • Place the first five ingredients, plus 2 cups of flour, in a mixing bowl. Using a bread hook, mix for 10-15 seconds, then add the yeast. It’s okay that the water is hot because the other ingredients will cool it before the yeast goes in! Mix again for 10-15 seconds, then let the mixture rest and “sponge” for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the mixer on low and add 5 more cups of flour and the wheat germ. “Knead” with the bread hook until the dough has come together and pulls away from the sides a little, about 5 minutes. Spray a piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray and lay it over the mixing bowl. Let the dough rise for one hour. The dough should have doubled in size at this point. Turn the mixer on just long enough to knock it down close to its original size.
  • Grease and flour two 9-inch loaf pans. Dump the dough out onto a floured work surface. Flour a knife and cut the dough in half. Roll each piece of dough into a log the length of the loaf pans. Place each roll in its pan. Spray another piece of plastic wrap with cooking spray. Cover both loaves loosely so they have room to expand. Let the dough rise for another 1 1/2 hours.
  • When you come back the dough should have doubled in size again, and come up higher than the lip of the pan. Now preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Gently remove the plastic wrap. I like to sprinkle a little extra wheat germ or whole oats on top for visual appeal.
  • Place the loaves in the oven for 35-37 minutes. Remove from the oven and gently dump out of the loaf pans. Cool completely before wrapping. This bread is great for sandwiches and is easy to freeze. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal, Carbohydrates: 23g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 329mg, Potassium: 126mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1.1mg
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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11 comments on “Soft Whole Wheat Bread”

  1. Hi sommer…plz say by whole oats do you mean whole rolled oats or whole grain powder??

  2. For half the amount of bread do I just half all ingredients?

  3. I cannot wait to try this! I only have one 9 inch pan though so I have to have more patience until I get to the store for another lol I’ve tried SO many wheat bread recipes and they always come out iffy. I make all of our bread and have been making more white (unbleached) because of the wheat not turning out great. 

    Question? Does this bread leave that almost “stingy” taste to it? I’m not sure of anyone else knows what I mean 

  4. Even if it is a test of patience, I say this bread is well-worth the wait!

  5. Being  patient is the worse part. 

  6. Such wonderful pictures and great advice about being patient.  It applies to so many things!

  7. The funny thing about bread is that we exercise patience in preparing it but once it’s out of the oven…all patience is gone. I always end up with wonkey loaves because I cut into it while it’s still PIPING HOT!

  8. Mmmm, I love bread! Sommer, have you ever tried using a pinch of citric acid in you bread? I discovered this last year, and the texture of my bread is amazing now (I use my kitchaid,too). I found the citric acid at a wine making shop. It's my new favorite dough conditioner. :)

  9. Sommer! I'm so excited to try this recipe. I make 90'ish % of our bread…but always in the bread machine. I love how in this recipe I can just use my Kitchenaid the entire time….. I'll let you know how it turns out. Yea!!!

    Tiff