3 Tbls. yeast
4 cups warm water
4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 Cup butter
2/3 cup honey
1 Tbls. salt
6 cups whole wheat flour (I usually add
about 6 Tbls. of wheat gluten)
Add: 1/2 Cup butter, 2/3 cup honey, 1 Tbls. salt,
6 cups whole wheat flour (I usually add 6 Tbls. of vital wheat gluten,
Mix the "start" ingredients together and let sit until double. (Usually 15-30 minutes.) This step is called a sponge and is very important to allow the yeast to get a head start.
Add the rest of the ingredients. Mixing together as adding. Knead for 15-20 minutes if kneading by hand. May be done in heavy duty mixer such as Kitchen Aid with a dough hook. (Doesn't need as long a knead time with machine.) Place in large bowl covered with damp thin cloth until double. (about 30 minutes). Punch down and shape in loaves. (I use three 5X9 loaf pans) Grease pans, put loaf in, turn loaf out, turn over and replace in pan. Cover with cloth again and let rise until double or nicely risen above edges of pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or a little longer. Oil top of bread for a nice shiny crust.
Makes 3 nice sized loaves, which I cut into approximately 19 slices each, for a total of 52 slices.
Number of Servings: 52
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