I can’t remember the last time I bought bread at the store. I’m finding easier ways to make my own delicious and healthy homemade bread and this may be the easiest and fastest. I’m done with proofing yeast and rising dough twice. This is my go-to bread that I use for sandwiches, French toast (it soaks up the eggs in seconds!), and soft bread crumbs.
A few things to keep in mind when baking bread: 1) An instant read thermometer really helps to measure the temperature of the milk. Too hot and you’ll kill the yeast – too cold and it won’t grow. 2) Other additions should not be cold, like the oil and egg. If I’m short on time to warm up a cold egg I have been known to put it in my apron pocket and let my body heat warm it up. Note to self: *Next time, let your partner know about the egg before he hugs you goodbye!
If you want this bread to rise even faster so you can eat it sooner, just reduce the whole wheat flour and increase the bread flour by the same amount (1/4 cup or 1/2 cup). But for more fiber, use my recipe. I tried making it with only whole wheat flour but without much success. It didn’t want to rise and it was too dense and heavy so it needs some bread flour in the mix.
I’m calling it simple whole wheat bread because it really is. This is as easy as it gets to bake bread so I hope you’ll try it. Did I mention that your kitchen will smell terrific too? Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones