Harvest Wheat Bread (Sponge Method)

Loaves

This 100% whole wheat bread starts with a "sponge"- letting the water, yeast and a portion of the flour rise for up to 1-1/2 hours.  This provides more flavor and will ultimately produce a lighter texture.


Details

Difficulty

Beginner

Yield

1 loaf

Prep Time

20 minutes

Rise Time

2-3/4 to 3-1/2 hours

Bake Time

30 to 35 minutes

Ingredients


  • 1-1/3 cups warm water (100º to 110ºF)
  • 2 (4-1/2 tsp.) envelopes Fleischmann's® Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 to 3-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup corn oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Directions


Place water in large bowl. Sprinkle in yeast; stir until dissolved. Add 3/4 cup whole wheat flour; stir until smooth. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until light and spongy, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Stir sponge down; add honey, oil, salt, and 1 cup flour. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down; remove to lightly floured surface. Roll dough to 12 x 8-inch rectangle. Beginning at short end, roll up tightly as for jelly roll. Pinch seam and ends to seal. Place, seam side down, in greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Cover; let rise in warm, draft-free place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Bake at 375ºF for 30 to 35 minutes or until done. Cover with foil if bread is getting too dark. Remove from pan; cool on wire rack.