Try this Whole Wheat Bread Recipe as an appetizing side dish perfect for any meal.
Whole Wheat Bread Recipe
1 pkg. dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs. sea salt
2 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1/4 cup shortening
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
4 cups sifted unbleached flour
Dissolve yeast in 1/4 cup warm water.
Dissolve brown sugar in lukewarm water, add with shortening, whole wheat flour (stirred before measuring) and 1 cup of the unbleached flour to yeast. Beat thoroughly to mix well.
Stir in remaining flour to make a dough that leaves sides of the bowl. Turn out on floured board, cover and let rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
Place in greased bowl; turn dough over once to grease top. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled, about 1 and a half hours. (I usually put the dough in the oven and put pans of hot water around it. The humidity helps.)
Punch down. Turn onto board and divide in half; round up each half to make a ball. Cover and let rest 10 minutes.
Shape into loaves and place in two greased bread pans. Let rise until dough reaches top of pan on sides and the top of loaf is well-rounded; about 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Bake in moderate oven (350 degrees Fahrenheit) about 45 minutes, covering loosely with foil for the last 20 minutes if necessary, to prevent excessive browning. Makes two loaves.
Read more about whole wheat recipes: Cooking With Whole Wheat: 7 Simple Recipes.