Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Sure, you could buy brown bread at the store, but it won’t beat this one you make yourself!
8- × 4-inch (20 × 10 cm) loaf pan, parchment paper, pastry brush or plastic wrap, bowls, measuring cups, measuring spoons, wooden spoon, baking spatula, whisk, dinner knife, knife (for helper)
soft butter for loaf pan
1 cup (250 mL) milk
1 tsp (5 mL) white sugar
1 tsp (5 mL) quick-rise yeast
1½ cups (375 mL) whole wheat flour (spoon in, level)
½ cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour (spoon in, level)
½ tsp (2 mL) salt
2 Tbsp (30 mL) unsalted butter
1 egg
½ cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour (spoon in, level)
  1. Trace the bottom of the loaf pan on a piece of parchment paper. Cut out the rectangle a little smaller than your tracing. Check to see that the cutout can lie flat in the bottom of the pan and does not come up the sides. Use a pastry brush or a scrunched-up piece of plastic wrap to rub butter on the bottom and sides of the loaf pan. Stick the cut-out parchment to the butter on the pan bottom. Set aside.
  2. In a big microwave-safe bowl, heat the milk in the microwave at 50% power until it’s very warm, but not hot (see “Yeast”). This might take more than 1 minute, but heat only 1 minute at a time or the milk could foam over. Use a wooden spoon to stir in the sugar. Sprinkle in the yeast, but do not stir. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 10 minutes to let the yeast turn foamy.
  3. Meanwhile, in another large bowl, use a baking spatula to mix the 1½ cups (375 mL) whole wheat flour, ½ cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour, and salt. Set aside.
  4. You’ll need another microwave-safe bowl to heat the butter in the microwave at 50% power until melted (about 30 seconds). Set aside. You have several bowls of ingredients now, but be patient; you’re almost ready to mix them into a dough.
  5. Go back to the milk and yeast mixture. Crack in the egg and use a whisk to mix until smooth. Use a baking spatula to scrape in the melted butter. Switch to the whisk to mix well.
  6. Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture. Scrape the wet bowl clean with the baking spatula, then use the spatula to stir the ingredients into a soft, smooth dough. Use a dinner knife to scrape off the spatula. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for 30 minutes in a warm spot.
  7. After the dough finishes rising, sprinkle on ½ cup (125 mL) all-purpose flour. Use the baking spatula to mix until all the dry flour is gone. Scrape the dough into the loaf pan. Scrape the sticky ingredients off the spatula into the dough with the dinner knife. Let the dough rise, uncovered, for another 20 minutes in a warm spot.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C) while the dough is rising.
  9. Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 40 to 45 minutes, until the bread is golden. Cool in the pan until lukewarm before tipping out. Peel off the parchment before getting help cutting the bread into slices.
Makes 1 loaf of Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread.

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