I've always loved whole wheat bread, fresh out of the oven. I have a tendency to eat thick slices of it with vegan butter and honey and make a meal out of it. Fresh whole wheat bread is my comfort food, and though I love all fresh breads, it's one of my favorites.
Of course, bread-making has a bad rap. Often viewed is difficult, time consuming, and often all for naught when the recipe goes awry, bread baking is something many cooks are afraid to tackle. But have no fear! There are loaves out there (like the Vegan Pumpkin Bread) that are as simple as they are delicious, and I was absolutely thrilled to come across the following recipe on The Zest. This bread has five ingredients and is mixed with your hands. It rises only once - in the pan - so there's virtually no complexities.
The original post says to be sure and use a large loaf pan. Mine wasn't enormous and the bread is a bit lopsided, but it still tastes delicious! This is great with soup, or toasted and paired with eggs for breakfast. Each slice is very filling, so start with a half slice and go from there. Apparently, this is a good one to make with the kiddos as well! Enjoy!
Easiest Ever Whole Wheat Bread
5 c whole wheat flour
1 t salt
1 packet (or 2 1/2 T) Dry Active Yeast
1 T honey
2 1/2 c tepid water
1. Put flour and salt in a large mixing bowl, mix well. Add yeast, mix again. Make a "well" or space in the middle of the dry mixture and add honey and water.
2. Mix the dry ingredients into the water with your hand, making sure to get all the flour on the bottom and sides. Mix until the dough is slippery and elastic and comes cleanly away from the bowl.
3. Lift dough into a large loaf pan, smooth the top with a spatula, and cover with a damp towel. Once this is done, set bread in a warm area and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. When the dough has risen (about 30-45 minutes) uncover and place in the oven. Cook for 35-40 minutes.