Whole Wheat Bread

Whole Wheat Bread - Krabi Magazine article

baking-bread2Homemade bread is SO delicious, and it’s a lot easier to make than most of us think. Bread baking can be a fun thing to spend time doing with your children. I remember baking with my mom when I was young, and now I love baking my own bread – even here in Thailand!

2 large loaves of bread

Preparation time:

4 hours

Ingredients:

  • 1 KG white flour
  • 300 grams ground whole wheat kernels
  • 400 ml room temperature water
  • 20 grams of sea salt – iodized salt works fine but isn’t as healthy
  • ½  tsp. baking soda
  • 1 TBSP white sugar
  • 100 ml warm water
  • ½ packet of bread yeast
  • 1 tsp butter

Preparation:

  • Mix the sugar and warm water in a glass. Once all the sugar is dissolved, add the yeast and mix thoroughly. Set aside for 10-15 minutes or until a thick foam appears on the top of the mixture.
  • In a large mixing bowl mix: flour, whole wheat kernels, salt, baking soda.
  • Once ingredients are all mixed together then pile it into a large mountain shape in the bowl and make a concave opening in the top.
  • Pour the room temperature water into the concave and let sit for 5 minutes.
  • Add the yeast and water blend to the concave hole, then mix with a mixing spoon until everything is blended together.
  • Once everything is mixed thoroughly than you can remove the dough from the bowl and begin to knead it on a floured countertop for 15 minutes. Kneading is basically just smashing the dough, pushing on it with your palms, activating the yeast and mixing all the ingredients even more evenly.
  • After you have kneaded the bread, place it all back in a clean and oiled bowl, cover it with a towel and let sit in a warm place for 90 minutes. If baking in Thailand, you don’t need to worry, EVERY place is a warm place.
  • While the dough is rising, prepare 2 baking trays by coating the inside of them with butter.
  • 90 minutes later, remove the risen dough from the bowl and cut into two even parts placing each part in one of the prepared baking dishes. Cover again and let rise for another 90 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 175C and bake for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.

Cut open when the bread is fresh, as the inside will still steam.