So I finally made this soaked whole grain bread for the bread machine and I think we have found our new favorite basic/staple bread. It's not very sweet, but it is pretty good for your every day sandwich bread, toast, anything basic bread need.
I also ground the wheat and the flax right before I put it in and it really makes the house smell yummy while it's rising and baking! And much more nutritional. The wheat flour you buy at the store just does not have any smell!
I wanted to post the recipe here, because she has stopped doing her blog and I don't know how long it will be up and I don't want to lose it. I just cooked mine in the bread machine because I was leaving the house. When you add the yeast, just start the whole wheat cycle you prefer on your machine. I also did not add the vital wheat gluten and the texture was still fine.
Also, I've made several soaked recipes now, and I think it's this hot dry Utah air, but I feel like I have to add more water to make sure the grain doesn't dry out overnight. I didn't add more water to this recipe when I made it, but it was pretty dry in the morning. You could also just add all the ingredients at once and make it without soaking first.
Someday when I know I will be home, I will probably do a double batch in the dough cycle and then take it out and bake each separately. But, who knows when that will happen... it's just so nice to throw it in and forget about it.
Soaked Whole Wheat Bread in the Bread Machine (produces 1 loaf)
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar (or whey, kefir, buttermilk or yogurt) plus enough water to make 1 cup
2 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup honey
3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil (or olive oil or melted butter)
2 Tbsp. coarsely ground flax seed
2 Tbsp. hot water
1/4 tsp. honey
1 3/4 tsp. yeast
1 1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. vital wheat gluten
Put water/vinegar mixture, flour, oats, honey, oil and flax seed in the pan of your bread machine in the manufacturer’s recommended order (mine says to do liquids first then solid ingredients). Turn the bread machine on the dough cycle and let run for about five minutes, until all the ingredients are well mixed. Turn off the machine and let this sit for 12-24 hours.
After the soaking period, combine the 2 Tbsp. water, honey and yeast and let sit for 5-10 minutes to activate the yeast (mixture should rise and become foamy). Add the yeast/water/honey, salt and gluten to the flour in the bread machine. Select the dough cycle and watch it for the first few minutes to make sure it doesn’t need more flour. I only needed to add about 1 tsp.
When the dough cycle is finished (mine takes 120 minutes), dump the dough onto a flour surface. Roll into a rectangle, then roll up to fit in your loaf pan. Place in greased loaf pan and allow it to rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 350 for half an hour, until crust is brown and it sounds hollow if you tap on the bottom of the loaf. You can brush the crust with melted butter to keep it extra soft.