100 % Whole Wheat Bread

YUM, this dense, chewy, whole grain vegan bread is so delicious. I have never tried to bake bread before, so I searched an array of recipes for whole wheat bread made from whole wheat berries, and came up with this hybrid. It has a springy texture, not a light and fluffy one, though I guess that is expected from whole grain. It is so chewy and nutty, I enjoyed it plain right out of the oven, but also tasty with a little strawberry jam :). I ended up baking two different kinds (another post to follow) at once but forgot I only have 1 loaf pan, thus the resulting funny shape. It would be so much better in a traditional loaf pan, but the bite sized pieces this one made are equally yummy.
You need:
1&1/2 cups warm water 

Active Dry Yeast,1 packet

2tbs honey (or vegan substitute)

1/2 tbs salt 

1tbs flax meal

3.25 cups 100% whole wheat flour (I vitamixed mine down from 2 cups of enikorn wheat berries)

2tbs sunflower seeds

1/3 cup rolled oats
Sesame seeds to garnish
Combine wet ingredients in blender. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl and turn liquid into the bowl, mix very well. A hand mixer would probably make the bread lighter and fluffier, but I did it by hand. Then place in a warm spot to rise for about 2 hours. I put it in a slightly warm oven. Then knead bread again, turn into greased loaf pan and sprinkle with sesame seeds on top, press lightly to help them stick. Let rise for another 2 hrs, then preheat over to 35oF

Bake 35 to 40 minutes, applying foil loosely on top about halfway through, if you don’t want the edges too crisp. I actually like crunchy corners, but it is an option.  Enjoy!! 😀


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