Tuesday, August 26, 2008

100% Whole Wheat Bread Machine Bread

I have been playing with this recipe all summer and think I have it now. This is so easy to make and has saved my bacon over and over again when I was too busy to make my regular big batch of bread.

Bread Machine Wonder

1 1/2 cups milk
1 egg
2 Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp ground flax seed (optional)
2 tsp salt
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 Tbsp yeast
1 Tbsp gluten (optional)

Put everything in your bread machine in the order given.
Set your machine or the whole wheat setting and push start.

When the batch is almost ready to bake (that is about 1 hour remaining time on my machine), I pull the dough out and form it into a ball and put it back. Then it finishes rising and bakes perfectly. If I don't do that it still forms a good loaf but often gets a little high and sticks to the top of the machine. That isn't my favorite thing. :o)


Nicole said...

Thank you for posting this! i NEED TO TRY IT!! can you omit the egg you think?

Lucy said...

Yes the eggs are optional. I use them and the milk because I live on a "farm" and have lots of them and need ways to use them up. Eggs can dry your bread out and are fine to leave out. It just gives that much more nutrition to my kids when they eat it. The milk can be replaced by water.

Nicole said...

*bowing down* thank you so much! cant wait to try this!

Marylois said...

I was wondering about the egg. Eggs also make the bread rise higher. My challah recipe calls for eggs. It is a very rich bread. I need to make bread today too. We are down to the last loaf.

CathyJean said...

Looks good, Lucy. I'll have to try your recipe. I use my bread machine a lot now that it's just hubby and me and I don't need to make big batches of bread. I usually take the dough out and bake it in the oven ~ unless it's to hot (as this summer was).

L said...

Yea!!! You are the queen. We have tried a million different bread recipes lately trying to find on that we love from the bread machine. We will try this and love it. Have you tried agave instead of honey? Does it work as well?

Candace said...

Your bread looks wonderful. I have a good wheat bread recipe for bread machine that I converted to a larger amount that I cook in the oven too. It takes a few unusual ingredients, eggreplacer, glutin flour, but is good and only has to rise 1 time. I'd be happy to give you the recipe if you're interested.

Candace said...

PS I'm going to try your recipe, it looks really good. I'll have to try it in my kitchenaid and bake in the oven, as I don't have a breadmachine.

Kelli said...

The Bread DOES look good, but what I'm more interested in is the adorable table cloth thing with the chicken. I would LOVE it if you could photograph a view of the entire chicken and then I would be able to sketch it out and embroider one of my own!
Did you make it yourself??

Becca said...

Yay, my google question was answered with your post! I was going to start experimenting so I could make whole wheat without (or at worst with very little) white flour. I have already changed the proportions I was given by the bread machine's "whole wheat" recipe, so I will give this a shot.

Anonymous said...

I just made a loaf of this bread and it is fabulous. I used water instead of milk and egg replacer as I usually bake vegan. No gluten and no flax meal. This is wonderful bread. I had been trying to make not 100% whole wheat recipes into 100% whole wheat recipes and it wasn't working. Now I have the real deal. Thanks.

S. Pullen said...

This is only the 2nd time I have made bread. My first loaf could have broken several windows! This receipe turned out perfect and was gone in two hours! There is nothing better than warm fresh bread with a little honey butter. Everytime I try a new receipe, I ask the family yea or nay, this was a resounding yes. Thank you. I did not use the gluten and just added a 1/2 cup of raw flax seed. Excellent!!!!

S. Pullen

flyingbird said...

Thank you for posting this recipe. I was about to give up on whole wheat loaves from my bread machine, as without extra gluten I was turning out whole wheat bricks. I came across your recipe via a Google search--and have made it three times now, with variations each time, but never with the extra gluten and have turned out beautiful, high-rising tender loaves of bread that I *never* thought could come out of a bread machine. Wonderful! I am printing the recipe and taping it to my machine as my "standard" loaf.

Lucy said...

I am so glad to hear about people making this recipe and loving it. I tried so many recipes before I got this one to work for me. Love it! Thanks for sharing your experiences. I love to hear them.

Jeni Q said...

I have some questions about your recipe. If you have time, I'd appreciate a comment or email response:
* What kind of bread machine do you have?
* This appears to be for a 2# loaf. Have you ever cut this recipe down to make a smaller loaf?
* My first attempt turned out quite dense. I omitted the flax seed and gluten b/c I didn't have any. I omitted the egg and replaced the milk with water. Is this why the loaf was so dense, or is it more related to the nature of whole wheat bread?
* Are you using bread machine yeast or the other stuff?
* My bread was overdone, too. I looked at the machine's instructions and I see that I can reduce the bake cycle time. I thought I'd try that - do you have any advice relative to that idea? Wasn't sure if I should do a -10 minutes, or something greater.

Thanks, in advance, for your help!!

Richard said...

If one leaves out the egg - - must you increase the liquid in any way? (My bread is right now in the machine - - I used the egg, but would prefer NOT to next time.) Looking forward to the bread! Richard

Lucy said...

Richard, you can leave the egg out. I do when I don't have a surplus from the farm. You might just decrease the flour a bit. 1 egg is only going to reduce your liquid by 1/3 cup. So try leaving it out and see what happens. I have done that before. I kinda fly by the seat of my pants though and take what comes. :o) Sorry. I cook with wild abandon.

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