Bread Recipes To Try Using Whole Wheat Flour

Whole wheat flour is not the same as bread flour.

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Did you know early bread recipes were more likely to be "flat cakes of crushed seeds and grains baked on a rock, or in the embers of a fire," rather than the traditional sandwich bread we consume today? The Egyptians cultivated barley and later developed means to grind it and turn it into bread. This was in 800 BC. 

Historically, white bread was thought to be superior and preferred by the upper-class. Every generation, from the flatbreads that were first made to the pre-packaged supermarket slices we know today, bread has progressed in tandem with society since humans first crushed grains against grinding stones thousands of years ago. You are definitely familiar with commercial bread. Every neighborhood bakery has buns and loaves of bread while bigger bakery shops offer wheat, rye, and other multi-grain varieties.  

What makes bread made from whole wheat flour different from other bread? 

To learn more about the differences in bread ingredients, remember that whole wheat flour is different from regular wheat flourWhole wheat means that the entire wheat grain (which consists of the bran, the germ, and the endosperm) was used to make the flour. Unless the flour states that it's whole wheat, it's just regular wheat flour. 

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Whole wheat flour boosts the nutritional value of baked products and other flour-based dishes, while also imparting a nutty and delectable taste. When compared to using a more refined all-purpose flour, using wheat flour can sometimes make the end product appear dryer and provide a rougher texture than when using a less refined all-purpose flour.

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When baking, you can use whole wheat flour for a part, but not all, of the all-purpose flour, called for. When you swap equal amounts of ingredients, you get baked items that are excessively thick and have an unpleasant flavor. In most cases, bakers may replace up to 50% of the all-purpose flour in a recipe with whole wheat flour without making any additional modifications and still achieve a similar flavor and texture.

Brown bread, also known as whole wheat bread, is preferable to white bread in nutritional value. Choosing whole wheat bread provides nutritional advantages; therefore, go for that type of bread. Brown bread is high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making it a nutritious option.

It aids in the control of blood sugar levels, the regulation of bowel motions, and the reduction of cholesterol levels. It also has the additional benefit of lowering hypertension, the risk of stroke, gastrointestinal disorders, and obesity. Furthermore, it has a low caloric content. 

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Since research has determined whole wheat and whole-grain to be healthier alternatives to lain white bread, the following bread recipes use whole wheat flour with regular white bread flour, both of which can be purchased in bakery supply stores as well as some select supermarkets.

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We have basic bread recipes using all-purpose flour but you might want to try one that you haven't seen yet. Here's a basic bread recipe we found that uses bread flour and whole wheat flour that you can try:

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Simple Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

  • 3 cups warm water
  • 2 0.25-ounce packages active dry yeast
  • 2/3 cup honey, divided
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, divided, more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

How To Make Simple Whole Wheat Bread Recipe

  • 1 Warm the water to 110 degrees F or 45 degrees C) in a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast, and stir in half the honey (1/3 cup). Stir in bread flour until everything is well-combined. Set aside for 30 minutes or until the mixture has bubbled.
  • 2 Mix in melted butter, the remaining 1/3 cup honey, and the salt. Stir in 2 cups whole wheat flour. Dust whole wheat flour onto a flat area and knead until the dough is not too sticky. After about 5 minutes, the dough should be just pulling away from the counter but still sticky to the touch. It may be necessary to use an additional 2 to 4 cups of whole wheat flour. Place the dough in a greased mixing bowl and turn once to coat the whole surface of the dough. Cover with a dishtowel. Allow the dough to rise in a warm location until it has doubled in size.
  • 3 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees C. Grease three 9x5-inch (23x12.5 cm) loaf pans with cooking spray or with oil.
  • 4 Punch down the dough. Divide the dough into three equal pieces. Place the dough in the loaf pans that have been prepared and allow each to rise again until it has risen one inch over the pans.
  • 5 Bake for 25 to 30 minutes in the preheated oven, taking care not to overbake. When the loaves have finished baking, lightly brush the tops of the loaves with melted butter or margarine to prevent the crust from becoming hard. Allow to cool thoroughly.
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Try this unique bread recipe we found if you want to level up your wheat bread baking experience with a few tips and pointers added to make sure your version is as successful as possible:

Cream Cheese and Almond Wheat Bread Recipe

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 0.25-ounce package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup whipped cream cheese
  • ½ cup chopped almonds
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • Butter, for greasing the bowl
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How to Make Cream Cheese and Almond Wheat Bread

  • 1 Combine the warm water, brown sugar, and yeast; whisk thoroughly. Set aside for 5 minutes or until the yeast produces a creamy foam on top of the mixture. Grease with butter a separate big mixing bowl and set it aside.
  • 2 Mix the whipped cream cheese, almonds, milk, vegetable oil, honey, and salt into the yeast mixture until everything is well combined. Transfer to a blender and process until the mixture is creamy and smooth, about 30 seconds.
  • 3 Slowly combine the all-purpose flour and the cream cheese mixture; stir in the whole-wheat flour. Combine the ingredients to form a rough dough.
  • 4 Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 8 minutes, or until the surface of the dough is smooth and springy. Place the dough in the prepared oiled bowl, rotating it once to spread the butter you used to coat the dough. Cover the bowl with a cloth and set it aside for 45 minutes to allow the contents to double in size.
  • 5 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175 degrees C. Prepare a 9x5-inch (23x12.5 cm) loaf pan with cooking spray or with oil.
  • 6 Using a floured surface, knead the dough again until it is smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a loaf. Allow the dough to rise in a warm area until it has doubled, about 45 minutes. 
  • 7 Bake in the preheated oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until the bread is done in the center and the top is golden brown. If the bread is already browned on top but isn't done baking, cover the top with aluminum foil.
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You can stir in fruits or vegetables in your bread like this Carrot Loaf Bread recipe.

These are just some of the bread recipes you can try at home. The quarantine has provided some of us with the baking opportunity to explore the "kitchen goddess" within, and these are the recipes you can try to elevate your baking prowess. Who knows, your efforts might lead to a lucrative side hustle that you can start once you're confident enough with your bread!

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