Friday, February 12, 2010

I won and then I cooked


I won "Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day" by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoë François. I also won Bob's Red Mill Wheat flour and Vital Wheat Gluten from The Foodie Blog Roll! Yay. So of course I had to try out a recipe. I tried the Wheat Bread with Olive Oil. Pretty simple to do.


Mix ingredients together and let sit for 2 hour and then refrigerate overnight,


Let sit for 90 minutes.


Bake and voila!

100% White Whole Wheat Bread with Olive Oil

3 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour (or use whole wheat flour)
3/4 T yeast
3/4 T fine sea salt (original recipe used kosher salt, which I didn't have. I increased the salt a little.)
2 T vital wheat gluten
1 3/4 cups water
1/4 cup olive oil

Mix dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add liquids and either mix by hand or with a stand mixer and paddle attachment.

Cover the dough with plastic wrap (do not put in airtight container) and let sit until the dough rises (about 2 hours)

Refrigerate for 3 hours or as long as 7 days.

To prepare dough to bake, sprinkle the surface of the dough with flour, then remove a grapefruit sized piece of dough. Sprinkle with flour again, shape the dough into a ball by folding the sides under and stretching the top to a smooth surface. Shape into loaf (like in my picture). Put dough on a pizza peel, parchment paper, or cookie sheet to rest. Cover. Let sit for 90 minutes.

30 minutes before baking preheat oven with the pizza stone and a pan on the bottom shelf that will 1 C of water.

Before baking brush the surface of bread with water, then using a serrated knife, cut parallel slashes into the surface of the bread. Then slide the bread onto the pizza stone or baking sheet, and immediately pour 1 cup hot water into the other baking dish and shut the oven door.

Bake bread for 30-35 minutes, or until firm and nicely browned. If you're baking on parchment paper or silicone mat, remove them after 20 minutes so the bottom of the bread will brown.


  1. I love it!!! That cookbook is the best. I rely on it weekly. Your bread looks fabulous!!

  2. Quite interesting since I am in a process of making bread myself, unfortunately I don't like the way it turns out. Yours looks beautiful, crunchy and golden. I want to manage to make French baguette and so far it's not been very successful. Great job on your end! Mes compliments!

  3. Those do look crusty and crunchy and fluffy and good. Yum! I'm on a bread baking kick too, it must be the cold.

  4. Love homemade wheat bread Janis. Your loaves look fantastic. Warm bread on a wintery day is a comforting memeory.

  5. Oh there is nothing better than warm bread from the oven on a cold winter's day!

  6. I am captivated by bread...

    good use of the freebie!

  7. I love it!!! That cookbook is the best. I rely on it weekly. Your bread looks fabulous!!