Are you a fan of whole wheat bread? Many people are and in recent years, we've been hearing how whole grains are much better for us than refined ones. I personally enjoy whole wheat bread, especially making it. Though there are many good breads available in the stores, homemade bread certainly stands out. It's also fun to make, also.
One complaint that many bakers have about homemade bread is that you have to devote quite a bit of time in the preparation of it. This is true, due to time involved in the mixing, rising, shaping and baking. All of this does add up to a piece of your day. However, I'd like to pass along a whole wheat bread that is made in only 90 minutes! This recipe, "90-Minute Orange Whole Wheat Bread", is a bread that gives you the benefits of whole wheat along with a mild orange flavor. This, plus the fact that it doesn't take long to make will make this a recipe you'll want to hold on to!
This bread uses a combination of whole wheat and white flours. This gives you a balanced-textured bread. Using all whole wheat flour gives you a denser bread, so with the combination of wheat and white flour, this makes the bread lighter in color and flavor. The orange flavor comes from the zest, or colored portion of an orange. The zest of one large orange would give the amount you would need for this bread. It also gets a bit of sweetness from brown sugar.
If you're fortunate to have an electric stand mixer with a dough hook attachment for kneading bread, you'll find this bread even easier to make. The yeast isn't even dissolved first. You'll combine it with both types of flour, brown sugar, salt and the orange zest. Some liquid ingredients are heated and added to the dry ingredients. This gets beaten for 2 minutes. More flour is added and this gets kneaded for about 2 minutes and having the dough hook here would really help.
Another bonus to this bread is that it only has one rising period. This dough is now formed into a loaf and placed in a loaf pan. This rises for about 30 minutes, though it could be ready as early as 20 minutes, if yours performed as mine did when I made it. Then it gets baked for about 30-35 minutes. When done, turn it out to cool and have some soft butter ready to fully indulge!
This bread makes great sandwiches and toast. If you wanted to freeze this, wrap it well in heavy foil and freeze. When you're ready for it, remove from the freezer and thaw at room temperature.
I shared another whole wheat bread recipe sometime back that contains raisins that's a very fine bread. To get this recipe, follow this link to get it:
For some good whole wheat bread when you don't have lots of time to spare, this recipe will serve you well!
90-MINUTE ORANGE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
- 2 to 2-1/2 cups unsifted white flour
- 1-1/2 cups unsifted whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons grated orange zest (the colored portion of the orange)
- 1 envelope dry yeast
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoon butter
Combine 2 cups of the white flour with the whole wheat flour. In a large bowl, thoroughly combine 1 cup of this flour mixture, along with sugar, salt, orange zest, and dry yeast. Combine water, milk and butter in a saucepan and heat over low heat until the liquids are very warm, about 120-130 degrees). The butter doesn't have to fully melt. (I put all of this in a large glass measuring cup and place it in the microwave. As the mixture heats, I use a microwave thermometer to test the temperature.)
Gradually add to the dry ingredients and beat for 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping the bowl occasionally. Add 1/2 cup of the flour mixture. Beat at high speed for 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in remaining flour mixture and enough additional white flour to make a soft dough.
Turn out onto lightly floured board and knead until dough forms a smooth ball, about 2 minutes (I do this with the dough hook of the electric mixer.) Shape dough into a loaf and place in a greased 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch loaf pan. On the bottom race of a cold oven, pour boiling water into a large baking pan to a depth of 1 inch. Place loaf on oven rack over pan of water. Cover and close oven door. Let rise for 30 minutes. Uncover loaf and remove pan of water.
Turn oven to 400 degrees and bake bread for 30-35 minutes or until it tests done. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Yield: 1 loaf.