As I’ve written in the past I love making bread. Check out Kneading my way to Sanity for details on my love of bread making. For this particular bread I’m trying out my new Pullman Bread Pan. Most people don’t realize but the bread you buy at the store is normal baked in something similar to a Pullman Bread Pan. It’s a staple for baking bread that will be used for sandwiches.
The pan basically forms a box that restricts the ability of the bread to rise out of proportion producing an even loaf. It’s best when you place the dough in the pan to leave the top open just a little bit so you can see how close it is to top. Just make sure to close the lid before the dough fully rises. Otherwise it’s pretty difficult to close without “murdering” your loaf.
3 Cups Warm Water
1/3 Cup Honey
2 packages Activated Dry Yeast
5 Cups Bread Flour
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
1/3 cup Honey
1 Tablespoon Salt
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1) Combine water, yeast, 1/3 cup honey. 5 cups white bread flour. Let them sit for 30 minutes until dough becomes bubbly
2) Mix in 3 tablespoons melted butter, remaining 1/3 cup honey, salt and 3 cups whole wheat flour. Use the remaining 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour to flour your counter top before kneading the bread. Most of the 1/2 will be worked into the dough but it’s best to leave it out until you see how much you need. (All flours are different and some absorb more water then other types. Knead the dough for roughly 10 minutes by hand until it passes the window test. Also known as stretching a thin layer of dough between your fingers. If the dough is ready to be left to rise you should be able to stretch a piece of dough thin enough to see light though it without it tearing. Once you have gotten the dough kneaded it will need to rise for roughly 1 1/2 hours or until the dough doubles in size.
3) Once the dough has doubled in size you will need to punch it down and give it a quick knead. Divide the dough into 3 equal pieces to form 3 loaves. Place the 3 lumps of dough into 3 bread pans and allow it to raise once more. It should double in size in about an hour.
4) Once the second rise has taken place. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. You will bake the bread between 25 and 3 minutes. When the time has been reached you can check to see if it is done by tapping on the bottom of the loaf. If it is done it should have a hollow sounds. Another way to check to see if your bread is done is with a cooking thermometer. Once the center of the loaf reaches 180 degrees your bread is done.
5) Allow the bread to cool before trying it. It maybe hard to wait but the true flavor of bread comes out once it has cooled.