My parents gave me a bread maker for Christmas and since then I had been on the search for a good, relatively healthy loaf of bread that my family would all enjoy. I asked around the bread maker community and was given some great recipes. I am happy to say I have finally found our family’s “perfect” bread recipe! I consider it perfect because it is made with whole wheat flour, doesn’t have the preservatives that the breads found in stores have, and my girls love to eat it!
I’ve had a few people ask me about a good bread recipe recently and since I’m not one to keep great things to myself, I wanted to share with you the recipe and hopefully you’ll find this to be a go-to bread as well.
Whole Wheat Bread – 2 lb loaf
1 5/8 cups water
1/3 cup packed brown sugar (I use pure cane light brown)
2 tsp salt
4 2/3 cup whole wheat flour (I use King Arthur’s Whole Wheat. Sometimes I will substitute 2 of these cups with King Arthur’s 100% wheat unbleached bread flour – my girls like this version just a tad better)
3 tsp active dry yeast
2 tbsp wheat germ (I added this myself. It does cause the bread to not rise quite as much so you will have a more dense loaf but I like the added folic acid, protein, and vitamin E that is provides.)
1. Measure and add water to the bottom of the baking pan.
2. Measure and add dry ingredients (except yeast) to the bread pan.
3. Use your finger and make a small hole (big enough for the 3 tsp of yeast) on the top. Make sure the hole doesn’t go down to the water. Dry yeast should never touch liquids before it is baking in the bread maker. Pour the yeast into that hole.
4. Snap the baking pan into the bread maker and close the lid. I then program the bread machine for a whole wheat loaf (mine is option 3), set it to a 2 lb loaf, and then I put mine on medium crust color.
I was also asked about storing to keep it fresher for longer since there aren’t any preservatives in the bread. I have found these containers to be the answer!
They lock on top with a suction-like button which then keeps them air tight and the bread fresher for longer. They are OXO brand and can be found here. Depending on what we eat for the week (how many breakfasts or lunches that we use the bread), one loaf usually lasts us about 5 days. I have never found the bread to be dry on that fifth day. We have not had a loaf survive longer than five days so I honestly can’t tell you just exactly how long these keep the bread fresh.