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#1 of 4 Old 07-26-2009, 01:07 PM - Thread Starter
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So, I received a hand-me-down bread machine, and this has inspired me to start making my own bread. I never had the time (or maybe just not the motivation) to do it all by hand, but now I think I can manage .

Anyway, I've made a couple of different loaves of whole wheat bread, using different recipes, and it always comes out really heavy and dense. My dh says it turns eating a sandwhich into a workout- he's working off the calories as he takes them in.

Anyone know any tricks for making whole wheat bread that's fluffy and soft? I'd love it if you'd share your recipies!

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Well, the only way I've been able to make fluffy ww bread is to ditch the bread machine and make no-knead bread. Just as easy but way yummier.

Check out www.breadtopia.com for tips and recipes etc.

As for bread machine bread, you can add a teensy bit of baking soda (like a 1/4 tsp) and it will cause added rise.

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Here's the recipe I have used in my 2-lb Oster Bread Machine over and over, with great success. The original recipe is for a 1.5 lb loaf machine. Mine is a 2 lb machine, so I did some math to make the recipe work:

1 5/8 c water
2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
1/3 c. honey
4 to 4 1/2 c. flour (blend of regular whole wheat and King Arthur White Whole Wheat)
1/3 c. seeds
1 1/3 Tbsp vital wheat gluten
2 tsp salt
2 tsp yeast

Add ingredients to bread pan in order listed. Program for whole wheat, light crust.


I vary the proportion of traditional whole wheat flour and white whole wheat flour: usually about 1.5 c traditional + 2.5 c white whole wheat. For the seeds I use sunflower and sesame (no point in using flax seeds as whole flax seeds are most likely to pass through your system undigested). Don't skip the vital wheat gluten. I use Fleischmann's Bread Machine yeast, which I buy by the jar.

Here's the no-machine recipe I want to try next:
I have read that the use of OJ as in this recipe reduces the slight bitterness of whole wheat, and that the potato flakes act as dough conditioners.
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I don't use a bread machine to make bread, but I've had good luck using whole wheat pastry flour instead of regular flour. It's counter-intuitive, but it seems to make a lighter product. Another type of flour that works well is white flour with the germ added back. I guess they separate the bran and germ and only add the germ back. So it's halfway between white and whole wheat. I get it from my local co-op and I really like it, it's my flour of choice now.
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