Originally Posted by OliveJewel
I am stubborn about baking only 100% whole wheat, but I have yet to perfect it. Never light enough for our tastes. I have used ascorbic acid, and I think that helps a little. Also adding liquid whey seems to help too. Maybe I will try the mashed potatoes and see what that does. I have made 100% WW pita that is outstanding using a poolish. And my 100% WW pizza dough seems pretty good. The sandwich bread needs some help though. I *know* the perfect loaf exists, I just have to keep trying!
I remember reading this somewhere, although I've never tried it... with WW flour, you need a considerably longer kneading time to develop the gluten and a longer rising time, since the dough is heavier. Also, using WW flour, you don't want to keep adding flour until it's not sticky like you would with white, you want the dough to be sticky, or else it has too much flour in it. Which means kneading it in a bowl, with wet or greased hands, a wooden spoon or a bowl scraper. Supposedly it is possible to get a lighter loaf with just WW, but those were the authors big tricks to doing so. HTH
I'm wondering what recipes you ladies have luck freezing dough with. I would love to do some of that for my pp period. I haven't made bread in ages, but I grew up baking it weekly with my mom. My big problem is that I suck at remembering to defrost.
As for rising in a cooler house, it can be done, you can even let it rise in the fridge, which is WAY colder than you keep your house. It just takes a LOT longer. Some other good spots are on a tv tray over a heater vent, on top of the television or computer (screen if you have an old fashioned one, CPU if not - us Mac people are out of luck with this one). I know both my cable box and the XBOX get pretty darn warm, so a cooling rack placed on top of them (to allow air circulation), with the bowl on that could also work. Also, I'd go with a non-plastic bowl if using any of these, since you want the heat conducted. If you have a lamp with an incandescent bulb, get it near that. Or I stick mine in the dehydrator. I never have luck using the oven for it.