Okay I’ve had several experiments on baking whole wheat bread, but this one has become a classic for us! We haven’t bought bread from bakeries for about 6 months (Wow!) as we love homemade version more, and we know what it contains when we make it home.
Bread has a significant place in Turkish cuisine and no Turk gets full without bread. However, people are used to eating white bread and almost all bakery shops make it with white flour. Whole wheat bread is becoming popular these days though. The craziness of homemade version started last summer. We were sick of looking for whole wheat bread at markets as we couldn’t find it any time we wanted. Glad that we couldn’t.
Friends can’t believe when I tell them we never buy bread and we always make it at home. “How can you save time for it?” they ask. It may not sound easy to make it always at home if you are a working woman. But believe me it’s become a piece of cake for me after some practising. I can easily bake it even when I come late from work, even when I’m tired. The recipe itself is so simple and easy with few steps; mix everything, wait to rise, shape and bake! What’s more, it’s definitely fun to make it, you can add any nuts or fruits or herbs you like to make a change each time. My new motto: If you want to eat healthy and tasty bread, bake it yourself! It may not look as attractive as bakery version, but it tastes as good, even better.
You may also want to see the Whole Bread With Carrot and Walnut I wrote before.
Healthy Whole Wheat Bread
- 1 kilo whole wheat flour
- 1 tbsp dry instant yeast
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 5 walnuts, crumbled
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 ½ cups warm water
- Mix everthing except water in a large bowl.
- Add water little by little and combine it with your hand each time you pour water.
- You should get a wet and sticky dough at the end.
- So if the amount of water is not enough, add a little more to make it wet.
- Cover the top of that bowl and wrap it with a blanket so that it keeps warm and doesn’t get air inside.
- Let it wait for 1 hour to rise.
- Lay baking sheet in an oven tray.
- Dust the counter with some flour.
- Take some dough with either with your hand or with a ladle and put it on floured counter.
- Give it a ball shape and place it on the baking sheet.
- Do this step as quickly as you can because dough might stick if you wait.
- Repeat this until dough finishes.
- Don’t preheat the oven. Bake the loaves at 160C for 35 minutes.
- Wait until it gets cool before slicing.