Moist, light, and aromatic, this Molasses Whole Wheat Bread is THE best “healthy” bread I’ve ever baked. It’s an easy thing to mix and knead. Like my Basic White Bread, all you need is a bowl, a loaf pan, and at least one clean hand! Here’s the recipe in both video and printable formats:
To watch me make this bread, just watch the video recipe above. I’ll show you how to knead the dough without adding extra flour as you work.
A note about non-fat dry milk. This pantry staple contributes milk solids without adding extra liquid that would make the dough unmanageable. Milk solids, as I learned when making Japanese Milk Bread Rolls, give yeast breads a soft, pillow-like crumb. If you can’t buy non-fat dry milk (watch the video to learn why I always keep the stuff on hand), then just omit it. You’ll still end up with a very good whole wheat bread!
Molasses Whole Wheat Bread is terrific when simply topped with butter.
And just wait until you try it with butter AND a drizzling of molasses!
Of course the bread is terrific for sandwiches and toast. I hope you’ll give it a try! xKevin
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Here’s the printable:
Molasses Whole Wheat Bread
- a large mixing bowl
- a greased 8- by 4-inch loaf pan
- 1 cup warm water (about 105°F)
- 2 teaspoons active dry (or instant) yeast
- 1/4 cup neutral-tasting vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 3 1/2 cups (400g) white whole wheat flour (or, use regular whole wheat flour)
- 1/4 cup non-fat dry milk
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- Non-stick vegetable spray for greasing the work surface and the loaf pan
- Stir the water and yeast together in a large mixing bowl. Then stir in the vegetable oil, molasses, flour, dry milk, and salt. Stir just until the dough cleans the sides of the bowl. Cover with cling film, and let rest for 30 minutes.
- Spray your hands and a non-porous work surface with non-stick vegetable spray. Scrape the shaggy dough onto the work surface, and knead it (do not add additional flour!) until smooth -- 6-8 minutes. Form the dough into a ball.
- Quickly wash, dry, and grease the mixing bowl. Add the dough to the bowl, and then flip the dough to grease its underside. Cover the bowl with cling film and place it in a warm location until the dough doubles in volume -- about 90 minutes.
- Deflate the dough, and then transfer it to the (not-greased) work surface. Pat out and form the dough into a loaf. Put the loaf in the greased bread pan, cover loosely with cling film, and let rise until a crown forms 1 inch above the rim of the pan -- 30-45 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Bake on the middle rack in the preheated oven until until the crust browns and the center of the bread registers at least 190°F when tested with a digital thermometer -- 35-45 minutes. To avoid a too-dark crust, cover loosely with aluminum foil during final 10 minutes of baking. Cool to room temperature before slicing. As if you can wait that long.