5-6 c warm water
1/2 c olive oil
1/2 c honey
3 T SAF yeast
4 T Vital Gluten
2 T Dough Enhancer
1 T Real Salt
8-10 c fresh ground wheat, (I use Prairie Gold)
Preheat over to 350^.
NOTE: I use a Bosch mixer so this recipe reflects the steps I take with this specific mixer. If you don't have the equipment needed such as the mixer and grain mill both can be ordered directly from my website. If you do not use a Bosch adapt the listed steps to your own mixer. I have used several products in my baking career and in my opinion Bosch is by far the best mixer for home use. A one size fits all machine with blender and food processor attachments as well as pasta making. It's a lighter weight appliance unlike the KitchenAide mixer. I also use the stellar Nutrimill for grinding all grain products. I find it far superior to others previously used.
STEPS: Place warm water, oil, honey, dough enhancer, vital gluten, 3 c of fresh ground whole wheat. Start mixer on level 1. Then add yeast, 3 more cups of flour, salt, and finish adding flour until dough pulls away from sides. About 10 cups from start to finish. Keep setting on level 1 for 6 minutes. Then move setting to level 2 for 4 minutes. Bosch kneads dough so well you only need one rising before baking. Turn dough out on lightly floured surface and oil hands. Divide dough into 5 separate sections. Shape into loaves. Place into well oiled bread pans, I use 5- 1lb loaf pans. Let rise in a warm place just above the edge of pan. Bake 25 minutes. For shiny top and soft bread top the loaf with butter. I use a full stick and move it like a wand as the butter melts to cover the top of each bread loaf.
** This recipe yields creativity, not just dough. You can whip up fresh cinnamon rolls, calzones, rolled swirl breads filled with spices and dried fruits. Like Pecan Cranberry with White Chocolate Chips. I often make four loaves, one pan of cinnamon rolls, and either pizza/Calzones/Herbed Bread Sticks or I freeze the dough for later use.
**You can also shape in rounds or baguettes. Use your imagination!
***I sold this bread weekly at our local farmers market among other things. This recipe is tried and true. Happy adventuring on your bread baking journey!
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