The COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t stopped my dad from cooking delicious food. One of my favorites is soft, tasty bread, which I use to make toast and sandwiches, and whole wheat rye bread is his magnum opus. Here is a recipe on how to create this bread at home.
Whole Wheat Rye Bread
The ingredients needed are:
- 2 cups of warm tap water
- 1 tbs of molasses
- 1 tbs of granulated sugar
- 1 package of dried yeast
- 2 cups of all-purpose or bread flour (plus more if needed)
- 1 tbs of salt
- 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup of rye flour
- 2 tablespoons of canola oil (and an additional 1 tbs for the loaf pan)
The recipe is simple:
- Set oven for 375 degrees.
- Mix 2 cups of warm tap water with 1 tbs of molasses and 1 tbs of granulated sugar together in a large bowl.
- Add 1 package of dried yeast to the mixture. Leave the mixture for 3 – 4 minutes at room temperature until it starts to bubble up.
- Add 2 cups of all-purpose or bread flour, 1 tbs of salt, and 1+1/2 cups of whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup of rye flour. Mix it all together as much as possible and place the dough onto a clean table or a cutting board.
- Knead the dough for about 10 minutes, sprinkling flour on it to ensure the dough doesn’t stick.
- Place the dough in a clean mixing bowl and coat it with oil by turning it around. Cover it with loose plastic wrap or a damp towel before giving it 1 1/2 hours to rise at room temperature until doubled.
- As soon as it’s done, punch down the dough, shape it into a loaf, and put it in a slightly oiled loaf pan.
- Lightly cover the dough again and allow it to rise until it is doubled and a bit higher than the top of the pan. Allow the loaf to rise, which will take about 45 minutes to an hour. Afterwards, take off the covering, make 3 – 4 diagonal slashes across the top with a knife and place the dough on the middle rack in the oven.
- Bake for a total of 40 minutes, check to see if it needs extra time, and tap on the bread to ensure it sounds hollow. As soon as it’s done, remove the bread from the pan and allow it to cool on a rack for a couple of minutes before it’s ready.
We may be (pun intended) going through the mill, but fresh bread can help satisfy appetites, even during a pandemic.