I promised a recipe this week, didn't I?
Well, things have turned out more hectic than I had anticipated, but I think that's what makes the recipe I wanted to share with you even more appropriate.
Would you like to make your own bread, but lack the time? You mean you don't have three hours to spend waiting for your dough to rise so you can punch it down and let it rise again?
I love homemade bread -- hearty and heaven-scented straight from the oven, but the time commitment is intense.
What if I told you that you could have two beautiful loaves of whole wheat bread within 1 hour from start to finish?
Yes, I'm serious.
This bread comes out light and just the right texture for sandwiches. It is truly fabulous, and practically foolproof. If you have an hour, you can make homemade bread. (Dreams really do come true!)
1 Hour Bread
Original recipe found here via Caroline's Bake Shop
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1/3 c. vital wheat gluten
1 1/4 tbs. instant yeast
2 1/2 c. steaming hot water (120-130° f)
1 tbs. salt
1/3 c. oil
1/3 c. honey
1 1/2 tbs. lemon juice
3 1/2 c. whole wheat flour
Mix together 1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour, vital wheat gluten and yeast. Add steaming water all at once and mix for 1 minute. Cover mixer with a dishtowel and let rest for 10 minutes (this is called sponging).
Add salt, oil, honey, and lemon juice and beat for 1 minute.
Add remaining flour 1 cup at a time, beating between each cup. Once flour is incorporated, beat for about 6-10 minutes until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. This makes a very soft dough.
Pre-heat oven for 1 minute to lukewarm and then turn off. Turn dough onto oiled countertop (I just spray the counter with cooking spray -- so easy!); divide, shape into 2 loaves, and place in greased bread pans. Tip: Squish the dough softly into the corners of your loaf pans to ensure even baking.
Let rise in warm oven for 10-15 minutes until dough reaches the top of the pan. Without removing pans from the oven, turn oven to 350F and bake for 30 minutes. Remove loaves from pans immediately and let cool on wire racks.