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Whole Wheat Loaf

YIELD Makes 24 servings (2 loaves)

INGREDIENTS

3 cups whole wheat flour, divided
2‑1/4 to 2-3/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 packages active dry yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1‑1/4 cups milk
1 cup water
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup butter or margarine

PREPARATION:

  1. Combine 2 cups whole wheat flour, 1 cup all-purpose flour, wheat germ, yeast and salt in large bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine milk, water, honey and butter in 2-quart saucepan. Heat over low heat until mixture is 120° to 130°F. (Butter does not need to completely melt.)
  3. Gradually beat milk mixture into flour mixture with electric mixer at medium speed. Reduce speed to low. Beat in remaining 1 cup whole wheat flour. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed.
  4. Stir in enough additional all-purpose flour, about 1-1/4 cups, to make soft dough.
  5. Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface; flatten slightly. Knead dough 8 to 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic, adding remaining 1/2 cup all-purpose flour to prevent sticking if necessary.
  6. Shape dough into a ball; place in large greased bowl. Turn dough over so that top is greased. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place about 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
  7. Punch down dough. Knead dough on lightly floured surface 1 minute. Cut dough into halves. Cover with towel; let rest 10 minutes. Grease 2 (8-1/2X4-1/2-inch) loaf pans; set aside.
  8. Roll out one half of dough into 12X8-inch rectangle with lightly floured rolling pin. Starting with 1 (8-inch) side, roll up dough jelly-roll style. Pinch seam and ends to seal. Place loaf, seam side down, in prepared pan, tucking ends under. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place about 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
  9. Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until loaves are browned and sound hollow when tapped. Immediately remove from pans; cool completely on wire racks. Cut each loaf into 12 slices before serving.
This recipe appears in: Basic Dough
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