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Italian whole wheat Bread

Italian whole wheat Bread
Course Baking, Breakfast
Keyword Italian whole wheat Bread
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings 1 boule or 2 loaves
Author Foodcow

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour/Maida
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Instant Active Yeast

Instructions

  • Mix the dry ingredients together.
  • Add 1 1/2 Cups of water and start wetting the dough.Mix it toghether roughly-pinching toghether and incorporating the water into the dough.
  • Add another 1/4 cup of water and mix till the water is incorporated and you get a "sticky" dough.Add more water if needed 1 tbsp at a time.
  • Usually,bread dough is very sticky and soft.Though if you are unable to handle the bread, you can add more flour.
  • Knead it inside a large bowl(Indian way) or the counter for 15-20 minutes.If hand kneading, the more you knead the better the bread will be.
  • If using a dough machine or food processor-Only process the dough for a max of 30 seconds after all the ingredients are incorporated otherwise it will be over done and the gluten bonds will break.
  • Put the dough in a large bowl. At least 3 times the size of the dough.Brush the top of the dough with a little oil and cover with a moist cloth/cling film.
  • Let the bread rise on the counter for 3-4 hours till it's doubled.If the bread hasn't reached the double size but has risen, let it sit for another couple hours.
  • After you see that the bread has risen to double its size and you see small bubbles underneath the surface, take the dough out.
  • Lightly press it so that the air trapped inside escapes.
  • You can shape the bread into a round boule or a loaf.Watch this video for help on shaping.
  • Keep the shaped dough in the sheet/pan for baking.Let it rise inside the pan for about 1 hour on the counter.
  • Scour the bread with a sharp knife or a blade.2-3 rough cuts so that the steam has a place to escape.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degree.Slide about 1-2 cups of ice in the bottom most part of the oven.
  • Place the bread inside the oven.Bake for 20-30 minutes at 180 degrees.
  • To check it its baked- put a skewer through or knock the back of the bread and it should sound hollow.