J suddenly declared that he was sick of processed bread and informed me he bought me some loaf pans. I only eat Dave’s Killer Bread or Ezekial Bread but J can’t bring himself to spend that much for bread. I, myself, love home cooked foods, they are healthier for us and we can control the ingredients. So I found this recipe and love it. It is so simple and the beauty of it and the few ingredients it has is you can add whatever you want to it to change it up. It calls for 5 cups of whole wheat flour. I have been using 4 cups of whole wheat flour and 1 cup quinoa flour to add protein to this bread. You can also use gluten free all purpose flour or add oats, millet, whatever you want to increase the nutritional benefits of this bread.
Vegan Whole Wheat Bread
5 cups whole wheat flour
4 tsp dry yeast
pinch of salt (about 0.25 to 0.5 tsp)
1 Tbsp of oatmeal
2 and 2/3 cups of warm water
0.25 cup of molasses
Preheat your oven to 400. To get the water up to temperature test it on the inside of your wrist. If it feels warm but not hot it’s good to go. Warm water helps to activate the yeast and get it going. Hot water will kill our yeasty friends.
And yes, yeast is vegan!
Combine 1 and 1/3 of the warm water with the molasses and then add in the yeast and set it aside for around 10 minutes. Make sure that the yeast is full dissolved in the molasses water when you’re ready to pour it into the flour.
In a separate big bowl combine the flour and salt. Keep the oatmeal aside for later. Add the yeast and the rest of the warm water (1 and 1/3 cup) and stir until combined but don’t over mix. Dough should be stick at this point like a batter. Add a bit more warm water if needs be.
Pour dough into loaf pan and smooth with a wet spatula. Carelessly toss the oatmeal on the top of the dough.
Allow dough to rise in the pan until it breaches the top. I put mine in the microwave to rise. It is a dark and keeps the bread warm. Now put in the oven to bake for around 30 to 40 minutes. Bread is ready when a thin knife or long toothpick stuck into its middle comes out clean.
Take out of oven let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes on a wire rack in the loaf pan and then turn it out so its naked self can cool on the wire rack for a further 10 to 15 minutes. Now you can slice it up and eat it with abandon. Please leave some for others!