Bread Baker: Seeded Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

Sometimes I can still surprise and impress myself.

My wife requested a sandwich bread that “was healthy, with lots of walnuts, sunflower seeds, and fiber.” I was hesitant to include walnuts in a sandwich bread – they just tend to creep me out for some reason. I think the texture and flavor just don’t say “sandwich bread” to me.

I still wanted to embrace her challenge, so I modified a King Arthur Flour recipe that used walnuts and sunflower seeds. I turned instead to a blend of grains and seeds. (To make your own combine flax, poppy, sesame and sunflower seeds.) Then I tweaked the recipe some more, adding extra nutrition in the form of oat and wheat bran.

Half baked and beautifully risen.

I had no idea how the bread would turn out, and I was prepared for a dense loaf that wouldn’t rise very much. To my pleasant surprise, I was completely wrong. When I checked on the bread halfway through its baking, it had risen much higher than I would have expected. This turned into one of my highest rising breads ever! Not only that, but after I let the bread cool and sliced it, I saw that the crumb was perfectly uniform through the entire loaf.

This 100 percent whole wheat bread with extra seeds and goodies completely exceeded my expectations. I’ll definitely be making it again.

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups (17.5 ounces) white whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten (optional, but helps this dense bread rise)
  • 3/4 cup mixed seeds (I used KAF’s harvest grains blend)
  • 2 tablespoons wheat bran
  • 2 tablespoons oat bran
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 5 tablespoons honey

Step 1. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Combine the wet ingredients, stir together, then add to the dry. Mix just until the wet and dry ingredients have been incorporated. Then let sit for 20 minutes.

 

Dough before kneading.

Step 2. Knead for 10 minutes on medium-low speed. You’ll notice the consistency of the bread change dramatically as the gluten develops and it begins sticking together. The dough will be a fairly dry but stretchy.

 

Step 3. Let the dough rise for 1 hour, then dump it out onto a lightly floured work surface. Stretch the dough into a rectangle, then fold it into thirds. Shape this folded dough to fit into a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2-inch greased loaf pan. Cover the dough with plastic wrap.

Step 4. Let the dough rise in the pan between 60 and 90 minutes. It should crest 2 inches above the lip of the pan. At about the hour mark, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the bread uncovered for 25 minutes, then tent with aluminum foil and bake for another 20.

 

Step 5. After 45 minutes or the internal temperature of the bread reaches 190 degrees F, remove it from the oven, remove it from its loaf pan, and cool. Then slice and serve!

 

 

  • Lydia

    Looks really good.

  • gracewriter

    This is about the 4th loaf of bread I’ve ever made. It came out PERFECT! I can’t believe it came out of my oven. My family loved it too and I’m about to make another two loaves. The first one was gone in two days. They compared it to the expensive stuff we like from the grocery store.

    Also, I might add, that I did freeze half thinking no one might eat it. The bread was just as fresh and moist after being frozen. I was delighted.

    Thanks for taking the time to write a brilliant recipe. I get so tired of wasting my hard earned money on recipes who no one seems to even test before they post.

    Thanks again

  • Sera Ellis

    A question: where I live, I don’t know if I can get ‘white whole wheat’ (or if the whole wheat I get is white whole wheat…) but when I read a little bit it seems that whole wheat flour has more gluten that white whole wheat – does that mean I wouldn’t need the vital wheat gluten, or will it be too heavy without? is the difference just in taste?

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