Monday, March 10, 2008

Better breaed
--100% Wheat Bread

100% Wheat Bread
Great Bread Machine Recipes Copyright 1992

2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast
2 tablespoons honey
2 cups whole-wheat flour
1 ½ teaspoons salt
¼ cup wheat gluten
1 cup warm water

Prepare per your bread machine instruction manual. Makes 1-1lb loaf.

I was curious how adding wheat gluten to a bread recipe would affect the result. This definitely had a chewier texture than other whole wheat breads I've made so I definitely think it made an improvement.

A better blogger would have done a side-by-side comparison but what can I say, you don't pay me enough. No one pays me at all LOL so I only made the one loaf of bread that I needed.

This is my contribution to Sweetnick's ARF/5-A-Day Tuesdays which isn't just about fruits and veggies anymore, it's about any healthy eating and this bread is healthy.

Blast From The Past: Whole Wheat Bread from May 2006. I thought that bread was crumbly and it was a very similar recipe without using the gluten.

Question of the Day: If you bake bread, have you ever added gluten or other additives (like a dough enhancer)?


Jennifer said...

I have baked bread, but have never added anything. I do occasionally see recipes that have powdered milk in them and have always wondered what role it plays...

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

I've been adding vital wheat gluten to my bread dough for a couple of years now. I think it makes a better loaf. I keep it in the fridge, along with my jar of bread machine yeast, so I always have some available. I just do the dough in my machine, then put it in a stoneware loaf pan to bake off.

I made a quasi-whole wheat bread this past weekend, but as most "wheat bread" recipes I find, it has about half white and half whole wheat flour. I haven't had much luck with all wheat flour, but I want to try this one. The one I made this past weekend also had honey, as well as buttermilk. Good stuff!

Have a great day :)

Wanda said...

No, I've never added wheat glutten or anything like that. I don't use a bread machine, either...just make the old-fashioned 'knead it by hand' type. I do add other things though - like oatmeal or herbs or even some veggies, occassionally.

Anonymous said...

I only make bread by hand also and have never added anything. Haven't made any in ages. I plan to have the DGDs help me make some as it will be a new experience for them.


Susie said...

I always add vital wheat gluten when I use wheat flour.
I use a bread maker but use to do it all from scratch. :) I sometimes bake in the bread maker but love to form it myself and bake in the oven most often.
Here are 'some' of my bread photos:
Susie in northern NY