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“Baler-twine” whole wheat bread

Some items are inherently useful and end up serving all manner of roles, duct tape is one and for those closer to farm operations baler twine is another.

The whole wheat bread recipe is just that in my household  – the go-to staple that forms the basis of so many other yeast risen baked goods.  Given how versatile this recipe is, and in homage to the farmers that produce so much of our food I’ve named it my “baler-twine whole wheat bread”.

Sliced "baler twine" whole wheat bread

Sliced “baler twine” whole wheat bread

The reason it’s become so popular in our household is that you give nothing up in comparison to commercial breads.  It rises just as nicely as white bread which I am sure is one of the features which has made it so popular with everyone.

The effective leavening I am sure is attributable to a few factors, including the inclusion of eggs and vinegar, the reduction in salt and the increase in sugar – which both encourage yeast production and make up for the reduction in the relative proportion of gluten in the whole extraction flour compared to white flours.

The other factor here is without a doubt the fineness of the flour grind.  As discussed previously if you want to produce fine grade baking you can’t start by using coarse flour.  So make sure that whether you are using a Homestead grain mill you’ve built for yourself or a mill you’ve purchased you put the extra effort and time into ensuring the flour you are baking with is ground exceptionally fine.

Closeup of "baler twine" whole wheat bread - note the fine structure

Closeup of “baler twine” whole wheat bread – note the fine structure

While you can certainly use this recipe to make bread by hand I always use a bread machine.  The only other item – beyond the fineness of the flour grind to take note of is the need to have the dough achieve a comparatively moist consistency at the beginning of the cycle relative to white breads since the whole grain flour takes longer to absorb the moisture.

Give this recipe a whirl and I think you’ll find that not only will you not feel the need to go back to store bought or homemade white breads but that your family and friends won’t want you to either.

Click on the post title for the recipe.

 

Baler twine whole wheat bread
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After baking for years with full extraction whole grain flours this is the recipe I have settled on as my go-to, do it all yeast bread recipe. It is just as useful and versatile as its namesake - baler twine - and a whole lot tastier!
Servings Prep Time
1 3 pound loaf 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 3 pound loaf 10 minutes
Baler twine whole wheat bread
Print Recipe
After baking for years with full extraction whole grain flours this is the recipe I have settled on as my go-to, do it all yeast bread recipe. It is just as useful and versatile as its namesake - baler twine - and a whole lot tastier!
Servings Prep Time
1 3 pound loaf 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 3 pound loaf 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 3 pound loaf
Instructions
  1. Mix liquid ingredients (water, eggs, vinegar, oil) in bread machine pan. Quickly whip them together with a fork. Make sure you remember to put the mixing paddles in before you start adding ingredients.
  2. Add the whole wheat flour
  3. Distribute evenly over the surface of the flour the yeast, salt and sugar
  4. Return the bread machine pan to the machine
  5. Set the machine on the bread cycle, whole wheat if the machine has that option, but otherwise white will do fine.
  6. Watch as the ingredients are incorporated and add water as necessary to achieve a moist dough. Depending upon the moisture content of your flour and the size of your eggs this may be up to a quarter of a cup of water.
  7. Close the machine lid and let it do the work. When the bread is finished remove from the machine. Once cooled store in a plastic bag to keep it from drying out too quickly
Recipe Notes

After baking for years with full extraction whole grain flours this is the recipe I have settled on as my go-to, do it all bread recipe.  It is just as useful and versatile as its namesake - baler twine - and a whole lot tastier!

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