Baking bread at home is one of the most satisfying kitchen projects. The smell of freshly baked bread…the taste of freshly baked bread with butter on top… Mmmmm, it’s so good!
2020 had many folks taking part in what chefs call a “baking boom”, which drove thousands of homebound Americans into their kitchens to knead dough and bake stuff like bread, cookies and cakes as a way to cope with life under quarantine.
From that “baking boom” came a simple bread recipe that your family will love!
4 1/2 cups 100% whole wheat flour or 576 grams of flour
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup honey
1 tsp gluten optional
2 tsp kosher salt see note
1 Tbs yeast
Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it sit for 5 minutes, or until the mixture gets creamy and a bit bubbly.
In a bowl fitted for a stand mixer, mix together salt, vital wheat gluten and 3 cups of the flour.
Add the oil and honey to the water mixture.
Make a well in the flour mixture and pour it into the water mixture.
Blend on low speed for 3 minutes.
Stir in an additional 3/4 cup to 1 1/2 cups of flour, until the dough