The key to any delicious moist and airy bread is the starter “sponge” which activates the yeast before it is mixed in with the rest of the ingredients. After that, it’s just a cinch to make! Really, Really ! Let that sink in: you too can make homemade whole wheat bread and get it just right every single time—chewy, dense and just perfect, and oh the aroma in the kitchen! I hear from people who tell me that they would love to be able to bake their own bread but think it’s just too difficult. Well, here is the thing: Try this one EXACTLY (Don’t forget the rule about measuring flour) as I describe it — step by step — it is foolproof. Believe me, that’s the old neuroscientist in me– I need to replicate my data multiple times before I believe it myself, and this one has been replicated over and over again, much to the delight of my family and my guests over the years! And yes, you read right: There is no salt in this bread, it just doesn’t need it!
Watch my Cooking Class video to watch me make this yummy bread!
- ½ cup lukewarm water*
- ½ tsp sugar
- 3 tsp dry yeast
- Remaining Ingredients
- 1 cup lukewarm water*
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 3 cups whole wheat flour
- Preheat oven to 400
- Place ½ cup of lukewarm water* in a small cup and add the sugar and active yeast, stir and let sit for 5-8 minutes until the yeast becomes foamy. It will double in size.
- While the yeast is rising, pour the remaining cup of lukewarm water in the bowl of a stand electric mixer fitted with a dough hook and add olive oil and whole wheat flour.
- Add the foamy yeast mixture to the remaining ingredients and turn on the mixer on low speed until the dough forms a ball.
- Turn up the speed to medium for an additional minute. The dough will appear sticky at first, but be patient, within 2 minutes it will form a perfect ball!
- Take out the sought and sprinkle with a little dusting of flour (less than 1 Tbsp) so your hands won’t stick to it.
- Gently shape the dough into a large ball and place it on a non-stick baking sheet dusted with a little flour and cover loosely with a clean hand-towel.
- Let rise for 30 minutes.
- When ready, uncover the dough and place in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes.