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Whole Wheat Loaf :: Baking With Julia

It's been a while since I managed to participate in the Baking With Julia challenge.  In fact, I think I accidentally took the entire summer off. Oh well.  No need to dwell on what I missed when I was ready to jump back in with both feet with this recipe.  

You see my boys eat a lot of whole wheat bread in this house.  They take turkey and cheese sandwiches to school everyday for lunch.  Such lack of variety would bore me to death but these easy boys are quite content with such daily familiarity. (Much to my groggy morning lunch making delight!)

When I saw this recipe it looked pretty doable even for a novice bread baker like me.  It truly was.  I have an annoying habit of not reading all the fine print prior to mixing ingredients and  ~ no surprise ~ I realized immediately that I had added all the water to the yeast in the first step and later I added the salt too early and had to watch it dissolve into the liquid praying it wouldn't change the results.

Finally, I did not have malt extract (who does?) so I substituted molasses as others on the TWD blog had suggested.  To my taste it was a perfect choice and I will just do that every time I make this bread -  which I hope will be at least once a month.  These two loaves are hearty and last at least a week in an airtight container.  We made grilled cheeses when the bread was beginning to lose its softness and they were delicious.

The only hard part of the recipe is the time it takes.  This is no joke.  I started mixing right after the boys left for school and didn't manage to bake them off until just before they got home from school.  If you have a day to spend at home then this double rising recipe is super simple to complete.

I cannot wait to make it again.  It made me proud of myself to slice into such soft and healthy bread.  Since we cannot post the recipe on our own blogs please click on the hostesses' blogs below to find and print out this recipe for your own baking pleasure.


  1. Your bread looks great! Really nice photos.

    This is a great bread to give you confidence in making homemade loaves. The dough was easy to work with, and the finished product makes it worth the time and effort.

    Nice job!

  2. Beautiful photos! It is a bit time-consuming to make bread from scratch, but I like that there's lots of time between steps. Perfect laundry day activity.

  3. Bread does take time to make but the payoff is great!
    Really great photos!

  4. It happens to me quite often and I always promise to myself that I would stop doing it: not reading the recipe carefully from start till end... Glad that this time it did not ruin the end result: your beautiful bread!
    This is my favourite recipe from the book so far. Such a versatile bread is a dream!
    We had it toasted and not-toasted with butter and honey or butter and jam,
    we use it for sandwiches or anytime we like to eat bread.

  5. Your bread turned out beautifully! Good job! We loved this bread.

  6. Ditto on the school lunches- I raised 2 boys and they wanted the same sandwiches for years- if I changed anything, they grumbled! Your bread looks beautiful; homemade bread is such a simple & divine delight!

  7. Beautifully done.
    It amazes me the tolerance kids have for eating the same thing day in/ day out. I don't know how they do it.

  8. Great job on the loaves. I am going to try molasses -- so many have said it is a perfect taste. Blessings, Catherine

  9. Ohh... looks delicious! I might have to try this one!! :)

  10. If you do need to leave the house in the middle of bread making try popping the dough in the refrigerator to rise. I did just that and it turned out fine.

  11. Yum! Your pics make everything look amazing. I'm going to try that recipe. It's been forever since I baked bread.


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