Everyday Whole-Wheat Bread

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I recently purchased a cookbook. This book is unique because it was written by someone whose goal was to create 100 easy wholesome recipes.  At first I thought wholesome? Really? What about taste? Could someone write a cookbook with wholesome recipes that have good flavor?  Lisa Leake wrote the book “100 Days of Real Food“. The recipes use basic ingredients and are simple to make.  I decided to try the everyday whole-wheat bread recipe.  This recipe was actually developed by guest author, Carrie Vitt. Carrie is the author of the blog Deliciously Organic. As you can see from the pictures below, I tried it and the bread is actually good. It has lots of flavor too!

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Ingredients:
1/3 cup butter (optional)
2 1/2 cups warm water (not above 120 F)
1/3 cup honey
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons active-dry yeast
7 cups white whole-wheat flour, divided, plus more if needed
1 tablespoon sea salt (Celtic brand recommended)

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1. Melt the butter, if using, over low heat in a small saucepan. In a large bowl, stir together the melted butter, warm water, honey, yeast, and 3 cups of flour. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and set in a warm, draft-free area for 30 minutes.

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2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Uncover the bowl and add the remaining 4 cups flour and the salt.  Stir until just combined and them pour the mixture onto a floured, flat surface.

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3. Knead the dough with your hands for 1 minute (if the dough is a bit sticky, add a tablespoon or two of flour).  Cut the dough in half. Use a rolling pin to roll the first half into a 12 x 9-inch (approximate) rectangle and then use your hands to roll it up the long way, forming a 12-inch long loaf.  Place the loaf seam side down on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the dough, ensuring the loaves don’t touch. Place the dish towel over the loaves and let them rise again in a warm, draft-free area for about 30 minutes or until they double in size.

4. Preheat the oven to 350F and adjust the rack into the middle position.

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5. After the dough has risen, remove the towel and bake the loaves for 20 to 22 minutes, or until golden brown. Another way to tell if the bread is ready is to thump the bread with your finger. If it makes a hollow sound, the bread is ready. Cool for 5 minutes before serving.

About the Author of 100 Days of Real Food:
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Lisa Leake is the creator of the wildly popular 100 Days of Real Food Blog, which in just a few garnered more than one million Facebook fans and approximately four million monthly page views. She lives with her husband and two daughters in Matthews, North Carolina.