This whole wheat bread is not sandwich bread. This is the crusty-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside, wonder-bread that you want to smear butter or jam across and eat with your dinner (or breakfast, or midnight snack). This recipe was an accidental derivative of 100 Days of Real Food’s Raisin Bread. I was multitasking (hello children) and forgot to put the raisins and cinnamon in my bread before putting it in the bread machine. Out came this wonderful loaf of crusty bread. (By the way, we also use it as sandwich bread.)
If you do not have a bread maker, you can find them inexpensively at almost any store that carries kitchen equipment. If you love kitchen gadgets like I do, this is my Breville bread maker. I love it like another child. It has preset functions for white bread and wheat bread, which I love. It has a setting for crust preference. And it also has a compartment to pre-load raisins, nuts or anything else you may want to put in your bread – so you don’t have to watch your bread in the breadmaker until it is the right time to put those things in. The machine does it for you. If it could vacuum my carpet, I would never want for anything again.
If you are new to coconut oil, don’t be scared! Yes, it is solid when it is in the container. But it turns liquid just a few degrees above room temperature. The easiest way to do that is just to pop it in the microwave for a few seconds. A warm water bath works too but takes a few minutes longer. Don’t forget that if you pour coconut oil into cold ingredients, it will turn it solid again. If that ever happens, just warm the mixture again. In the case of my bread machine, it actually warms all of my ingredients before it begins kneading. I’m telling you… if only it could vacuum…
NOTE: If you are using a rapid cycle on your bread machine, you may require instant yeast (sometimes called bread machine yeast) instead of active dry yeast. If you are not quite sure the order your bread maker requires for ingredients or if it recommends active dry or instant yeast, your manufacturer should have guidelines on their website. Here is the web page for my Breville bread maker. For more information about how active dry yeast and instant yeast are different, here is a good reference. You can add active dry yeast directly to your dry ingredients in your bread maker as long as you have warmed your liquid ingredients.
- 3 cups white whole wheat flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup warm water
- 1/2 cup coconut oil, liquified
- 4 tbsp honey
- 2.5 tsp active dry yeast (or instant yeast based on your bread maker's recommendation)
- Add all ingredients to your bread maker in the order required for your machine and follow bread machines directions for baking. (I put wet ingredients in first, then dry, wtih yeast last - some machines require the opposite order so read your instruction manual.)